Laura Austin - BDO New York

Laura Austin

Head of Investment Migration Due Diligence


BDO New York - Park Avenue Office



Executive Summary

Laura Austin is responsible for the establishment of the Investment Migration line of business for BDO’s Investigative Due Diligence practice. Laura leads a team serving the Investor Immigration industry, with clientele including international governments, registered agents, immigration attorneys, property developers, and high net worth/ultra high net worth individuals.

Laura has served in an advisory capacity to foreign governments with regards to the establishment of sound due diligence practices for their Citizenship by Investment programs.  She is a member of the Investment Migration Council and frequently serves as a speaker and moderator on panels at international conferences regarding due diligence in the Investor Immigration industry. Laura is also actively involved in the U.S. EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program through her position on the Best Practices Committee of Invest in the USA (IIUSA).
Laura is well-versed in the complexities of due diligence for the financial services industry and has experience leading investigations for financial institutions, private equity firms, hedge funds, fund of funds, institutional investors, legal counsel, and corporate entities.

Prior to joining BDO, Laura served in investigative and management roles with a boutique due diligence firm, where she was responsible for co-leading the firm’s investigative efforts for immigration and citizenship purposes and was responsible for the management of international investigations.

Professional Affiliations

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Association of Corporate Growth
Invest in the USA
Investment Migration Council


M.A., Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
B.A., Psychology, Creighton University

Community Involvement

GenR (International Rescue Committee)