Laura Foote Reiff has more than 32 years of experience representing businesses and organizations in the business immigration and compliance field.
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On Oct. 12, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security announced a new migration process for Venezuelan nationals. Eligible Venezuelan nationals and their immediate family members may request advance authorization for travel and temporary parole for up to two years in the United States, including work authorization. Parolees must have a supporter in the United States who will provide financial and other support, among other requirements. The Biden Administration has since announced the expansion of its Venezuela Parole program to three additional countries – Cuba, Haiti and Nicaragua. On January 5, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security announced an expansion of its new migration process for Venezuelan nationals. The expansion allows those nationals from Cuba, Haiti and Nicaragua and their immediate family members to request advance authorization for travel and temporary parole for up to two years in the United States, including work authorization. There will be a 30,000 per month cap on the number of parolees from all four countries.
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Date: February 3, 2023
Laura Foote Reiff | Greenberg Traurig LLP
Laura Foote Reiff has more than 32 years of experience representing businesses and organizations in the business immigration and compliance field. She is also a business immigration advocate and has long chaired prominent business immigration coalitions. Laura is Co-Founder of GT’s Business and Immigration and Compliance Group which she co-led since 1999. She currently chairs the Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. Immigration and Compliance Practice. Laura is also Co-Managing Shareholder of the Northern Virginia Office of GT, a position she has held since 2010. As a global leader in the business immigration community, Laura has served on the Boards of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Immigration Council, the National Immigration Forum and is currently the Chair of the America is Better Board.
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.
I. The announcement of the expansion of the humanitarian parole program initially begun for nationals of Venezuela and now including nationals from Haiti, Nicaragua and Cuba Harassment | 12:00pm – 12:15pm
II. The provision of up to 30,000 slots per month for nationals of these four countries | 12:15pm – 12:30pm
III. The worker shortage in the U.S., which continues to become more acute across industries due to continued Congressional inaction, can only be helped by this new program | 12:30pm – 12:45pm
IV. The bottom line on border security is forcing Congress to act on the broken immigration system and addressing not only the border and asylum problems but fixing our legal immigration system | 12:45pm – 1:00pm