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David Grunblatt

David Grunblatt

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David Grunblatt is co-head of the Immigration & Nationality Group in the Labor & Employment Law Department.

David provides advice on all types of immigration law issues to corporations from a broad range of industries, including financial services, media and publishing, as well as luxury brand retailers. He counsels his clients on policies and programs to facilitate the hiring and transferring of foreign nationals and international personnel, using the full array of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa categories.

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Is Immigration Reform Really Possible Now? Let’s Make Some Predictions

All the pundits are now making their educated guesses as to whether immigration reform is finally possible or even remotely likely.  If there is a consensus on any one point, it is that Republican leadership, Democratic leadership and the President are looking forward to the 2016 elections when thinking about immigration reform.  The question is … Continue Reading

U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Dates Announced

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2016 opens Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to register as early as possible. Heavy demand may result in system delays in the final days of the registration period. The DV Lottery is administered annually by the Department of State, and provides for a maximum … Continue Reading

Delays at US Consulates Globally

The Department of State (DOS) Bureau of Consular Affairs nonimmigrant visa system suffered an outage last week. Working over the weekend, DOS has made progress restoring the database and is now able to print visas. As such, DOS has resumed visa processing, giving priority to processing of immigrant visa cases. However, foreign nationals awaiting nonimmigrant … Continue Reading

DHS Announces New Rules To Facilitate Employment for Professionals in Efforts To Attract and Retain Highly Skilled Foreign Workers

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced two major advancements today to help businesses attract and retain professionals working in the U.S. The first proposed rule change extends employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B visa beneficiaries. The second change would include workers from Chile and Singapore (H-1B1) and Australia (E-3) in the list of … Continue Reading

H-1B Cap Reached for FY 2015

USCIS announced today that the FY 2015 H-1B cap has been reached. USCIS will be conducting a lottery of all those petitions properly filed between April 1, 2014 and April 7, 2014. This alert addresses this important development. Read the full text of this alert.… Continue Reading

USCIS Site Visits – Expanding to L-1 Petitioners

  The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service plans to begin conducting unannounced, post-approval site visits of L-1 petitioners under its Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program (ASVVP) in the beginning of 2014. This new phase of site visits comes in response to a recent report released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office … Continue Reading

Immigration News Flash: United States Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Opens Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 at Noon EDT and Will Close on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at Noon EDT

The Diversity Visa Lottery Registration for the next cycle of this popular program opens Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Entries must be submitted electronically at https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ between noon on October 1, 2013, and noon on November 2, 2013, Eastern Standard Time. Read this alert to learn more about the registration process and which applicants are encouraged to … Continue Reading

United States State Department Announces Visas for Same-Sex Spouses Are Now Available

On Friday, August 2nd, the U.S. Department of State announced its implementation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Windsor decision, confirming that effective immediately “U.S. Embassies and Consulates will adjudicate visa applications that are based on a same-sex marriage in the same way that we adjudicate applications for opposite gender spouses.” This alert addresses this important … Continue Reading

DOMA Overruled: Milestone for Applicants of Immigration Benefits

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional, allowing for the recognition of same-sex marriages and making way for same-sex married couples to receive benefits under federal law. This alert looks at the immigration law implications of … Continue Reading
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