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Greenberg Traurig’s EB-5 Team

Last week, members of Greenberg Traurig’s growing EB-5 team held a strategic meeting in Chicago. The group included more than two dozen attorneys from the firm’s Business Immigration & Compliance, Corporate & Securities and Real Estate practices representing ten Greenberg Traurig offices, including Boca Raton, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Jersey, New York, Orange County and Philadelphia.

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Members of Greenberg Traurig’s EB-5 Immigration Team

The meeting included cross-practice presentations and discussion focusing on the current state of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program and Policy Issues on Capitol Hill and in the Agencies. Attorneys shared current insights into representation of regional centers, developers and organizations from both the securities and immigration point of view. The firm’s broker-dealer attorneys as well as 1940 Investment Adviser Act and 1940 Investment Company Act counsel spoke about recent trends in EB-5 structures. Breakout sessions were also conducted by the firm’s I-526 and I-829 team members regarding salient issues in petition processing.

Greenberg Traurig's EB-5 Securities Team
Member’s of Greenberg Traurig’s EB-5 Securities Team

Continue to monitor EB-5 Insights for updates from the EB-5 industry and Greenberg Traurig’s EB-5 team.

 

 

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Photo of Laura Foote Reiff‡ Laura Foote Reiff‡

Laura Foote Reiff is the Co-Managing Shareholder of the Northern Virginia Office. She also Co-Chairs the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s International Employment, Immigration & Workforce Strategies group. Laura focuses her practice on business immigration laws and regulations affecting U.S. and foreign companies,

Laura Foote Reiff is the Co-Managing Shareholder of the Northern Virginia Office. She also Co-Chairs the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s International Employment, Immigration & Workforce Strategies group. Laura focuses her practice on business immigration laws and regulations affecting U.S. and foreign companies, as well as related employment compliance and legislative issues.

Laura advises corporations on a variety of compliance-related issues, particularly related to Form I-9 eligibility employment verification matters. Laura has been involved in audits and internal investigations and has successfully minimized monetary exposure as well as civil and criminal liabilities on behalf of her clients. She develops immigration compliance strategies and programs for both small and large companies. Laura performs I-9, H-1B and H-2B compliance inspections during routine internal reviews, while performing due diligence (in the context of a merger, acquisition or sale) or while defending a company against a government investigation.

Laura represents many businesses in creating, managing and using “Regional Centers” that can create indirect jobs toward the 10 new U.S. jobs whose creation can give rise to EB-5 permanent residence for investment. She coordinates this work with attorneys practicing in securities law compliance, with economists identifying “targeted employment areas” and projecting indirect job creation, and with licensed securities brokers coordinating offerings. She also represents individual investors in obtaining conditional permanent residence and in removing conditions from permanent residence.

Laura’s practice also consists of managing business immigration matters and providing immigration counsel to address the visa and work authorization needs of U.S. and global personnel including professionals, managers and executives, treaty investors/ traders, essential workers, persons of extraordinary ability, corporate trainees, and students. She is an immigration policy advocacy expert and works on immigration reform policies.