Greenberg Traurig’s Immigration & Compliance Practice represents businesses, organizations, and individuals from around the world on a wide range of immigration matters and visa needs.

Our Immigration & Compliance Practice advises multinational corporations on a variety of employment-related immigration issues, focusing on strategic immigration planning for U.S. and international companies for the international relocation of personnel both from and into the United States. We work with our clients 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. Our legislative and advocacy lawyers have been called upon by congressional offices, the White House, and other agencies to lend their technical knowledge. Additionally, our I-9 Compliance group assists companies with drafting employment verification compliance policies, training sessions, internal audits, as well as representation in government audits. The GT Immigration and Compliance Practice also defends businesses involving large-scale government raids and audits.

Ranked among the top Immigration practices in the United States by Chambers and Partners in its 2012 Chambers Global guide, Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance Group regularly works with clients to establish Regional Centers from start to finish.

GT has broad experience:

  • forming and obtaining Regional Center designations from USCIS
  • amending regional center designations to include additional covered industries
  • obtaining project pre-approvals from USCIS
  • representing investors in connection with the EB-5 program and their investments in qualifying regional center projects

We also work with developers, private equity funds and organizations to determine the options available to them for developing new projects that might qualify for EB-5 investment through either new or existing Regional Centers. We represent many regional centers and have a long track record in counseling sponsors on developing the appropriate EB-5 vehicle to meet their goals.

Regardless of the method or strategy selected to take advantage of the EB-5 program, ongoing immigration, tax and securities compliance is the key to creating and maintaining a thriving and successful center or project. Our EB-5 team includes experienced immigration, securities and tax counsel capable of helping clients understand the appropriate laws, structure transactions that minimize regulatory oversight and implement efficient compliance programs.

To discuss EB-5 Regional Center opportunities, as well as options for immigration through the EB-5 program or to inquire about any of our services, please contact Kate Kalmykov.

About the Editor

Kate Kalmykov co-chairs the Immigration & Compliance Practice. She focuses her practice on business immigration and compliance. She represents clients in a wide-range of employment based immigrant and non-immigrant visa matters including students, trainees, professionals, managers and executives, artists and entertainers, treaty investors and traders, persons of extraordinary ability and immigrant investors.

Kate has deep experience working on EB-5 immigrant investor matters. She regularly works with developers across a variety of industries, as well as private equity funds on developing new projects that qualify for EB-5 investments. This includes creation of new Regional Centers, having projects adopted by existing Regional Centers or through pooled individual EB-5 petitions. For existing Regional Centers, Kate regularly helps to prepare amendment filings, file exemplar petitions, address removal of conditions issues and ensure that they develop an internal program for ongoing compliance with applicable immigration regulations and guidance. She also counsels foreign nationals on obtaining greencards through either individual or Regional Center EB-5 investments, as well as issues related to I-829 Removal of Conditions.

Kate also works with various human resources departments on I-9 employment verification matters as well as H-1B and LCA compliance. She regularly counsels employers on due diligence issues including internal audits and reviews, as well as minimization of exposure and liabilities in government investigations.