David Grunblatt

David Grunblatt

Proskauer Rose LLP

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Immigration Fact or Fiction for the U.S. Employer: CBP Searching Electronic Devices – A New Thing?

There has been heightened interest and concern regarding the potential for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to search laptops and smart phones at the port of entry, due to the mention of such searches in one of...more

3/20/2017 - Cell Phones Customs and Border Protection Electronic Devices Executive Orders Fourth Amendment Immigration Reform International Travel Laptop Computers Passwords Reasonable Suspicion Search & Seizure Travel Ban Trump Administration

March = Last Call for H-1B Cap Cases

Employers must initiate new H-1B Cap cases with their lawyers, and a filing with the Department of Labor is required before the H-1B petition can be filed with USCIS. So, time is running out if employers want to ensure that...more

3/13/2017 - DOL H-1B Labor Condition Applications Temporary Visa Suspensions USCIS Visa Caps

Trump's Revised Executive Order, "Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States"

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed the highly anticipated and revised Executive Order (EO), "Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States." The new order rescinds the previous EO issued at...more

3/8/2017 - DHS Dual Citizenship Exceptions Executive Orders Exemptions Foreign Nationals Immigration Reform International Travel Lawful Permanent Residents Non-Immigrant Visas Refugees Travel Ban Trump Administration USCIS Visa Waiver Program Waivers

H-1B Petition Premium Processing Suspended as of April 3, but the H-1B Cap Lottery Moves Forward

Starting April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to 6 months. While H-1B premium processing is suspended, petitioners will not be able to file Form...more

3/7/2017 - Form I-129 H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Immigrants Immigration Procedures Immigration Reform Lottery USCIS Visa Caps Visas

Immigration Fact and Fiction for the U.S. Employer: Customs and Border Protection (CBP) When You Depart the United States – Cash...

Moving forward in our series of separating fact from fiction, we address the question whether Customs and Border Protection (CBP) plays any role when a passenger, even a United States citizen departs the United States....more

3/6/2017 - Currency Control Customs and Border Protection FinCEN Immigration Reform International Travel Reporting Requirements

Immigration Fact and Fiction for the U.S. Employer: Raids and Employers

Proskauer is pleased to launch a new blog series seeking to separate fact from fiction as the public discourse on immigration issues continues. We will address, among other topics, the actual real world impact of the...more

2/20/2017 - Corporate Counsel Criminal Records DACA Default Judgment Deportation Foreign Workers ICE Immigration Enforcement Immigration Reform Minor Violations Raids Trump Administration

Ban on U.S. Entry: Individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - Parameters of Ban Evolving

Pursuant to President Trump's Executive Order, the United States government is currently implementing a 90-day travel ban which applies to all individuals "from" 7 designated countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan,...more

1/31/2017 - Customs and Border Protection DHS Dual Citizenship Executive Orders Foreign Nationals Green Cards Immigrants Immigration Procedures Immigration Reform Iran Iraq Libya Somalia Sudan Syria Terrorist Threats Travel Ban Trump Administration Visas Yemen

H-1B Cap Planning Starts Now

Although we are still officially in the year 2016, it is a good time for employers to start preparing for the H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2018, which begins October 1, 2017. Demand for the H-1B has steadily increased over the...more

12/22/2016 - DOL F-1 Visa Green Cards H-1B L-1B Labor Condition Applications USCIS

Employment Eligibility Verification: How Friendly Is The New Friendly I-9?

On Monday, November 14, 2016, USCIS published the new friendlier I-9 form. Employers must use the new version commencing January 22, 2017, and can continue to use the prior version (dated March 8, 2013) until January 21st....more

11/23/2016 - Eligibility Employment Eligibility Verification Hiring & Firing I-9 Required Forms USCIS Verification Requirements

President-Elect Trump and Immigration Policy: The First Six Months – What Can we Really Expect

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that immigration policy has been a core issue for President-Elect Trump. So, what can we expect, as a practical matter?...more

11/14/2016 - Customs and Border Protection DACA DAPA DHS E-Verify EB-5 Executive Orders H-1B Immigration Reform L-1 Visas Rescission Trump Administration

Mark Your Calendars: USCIS Raises Filing Fees Effective December 23

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on October 24, 2016 that effective December 23, 2016 fees for most nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions will increase by an average of 21 percent. This...more

11/2/2016 - Foreign Workers H-1B I-129 I-140 Immigrants Immigration Procedures Temporary Employees USCIS USCIS Immigrant Fee Visa Applications Visas

2018 Immigrant Visa Lottery Opens in Two Weeks

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2018 opens Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Entries must be submitted electronically at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ between noon on October 4, 2016 and noon on November 7, 2016,...more

9/22/2016 - Diversity Lottery Electronic Filing Foreign Nationals Green Cards Immigrants US Department of State Visas

New Form I-129s for Intracompany Transferees Required for Blanket Petitions at US Embassies after August 29, 2016

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a revised Form I-129S, NONIMMIGRANT PETITION BASED ON BLANKET L PETITION. USCIS announced that this form must be used exclusively in applications...more

8/9/2016 - Form I-129 Intracompany Transferees L-1 Visas Non-Immigrant Visas US Department of State USCIS

H-1B Cap: The Receipts Are Trickling In!

On April 7, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received more H-1B petitions than available under the statutory cap of 65,000 general-category visas and 20,000 U.S. Master's visas for...more

4/14/2016 - H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Lottery USCIS Visa Caps Visas

Travel to the United States in 2016: The Year of Fear – Restrictions on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) ESTA

On January 21, 2016, the United States began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. Nationals of Visa Waiver Program countries who have traveled to...more

2/1/2016 - Customs and Border Protection ESTA Foreign Nationals International Travel Non-Immigrant Visas Passports Popular Visa Waiver Program

Holiday Planning Should Include H-1B Cap Planning

While it may seem early, the holiday season is a good time for employers to start preparing for the H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2017, which begins October 1, 2016. Demand for the H-1B has steadily increased so that last year,...more

11/6/2015 - DOL Filing Deadlines Foreign Students Form F-1 Green Cards H-1B Human Resources Professionals L-1B Labor Condition Applications Non-Immigrant Visas OPT USCIS Visa Caps Visas

Immigration News Flash: 2017 Immigrant Visa Lottery Opens October 1, 2015!

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2017 opens Thursday, October 1, 2015. Entries must be submitted electronically at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ between noon on October 1, 2015, and noon on November 3,...more

10/2/2015 - Deadlines Diversity Lottery Green Cards Permanent Residence Cards US Department of State Visas

Cruel Joke: Department of State Backtracks on New October 2015 Visa Bulletin: Dates for Filing Retrogress for EB-2 India and EB-2...

In a shocking move late Friday afternoon, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin that supersedes the Visa Bulletin originally published on September 9, 2015. The most dramatic changes...more

9/29/2015 - EB-2 Filing Deadlines Green Cards Obama Administration Priority Date Cutoff US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visas

Visa Bulletin Revised: New System Allows for Filing of Applications for Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) Sooner!

On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in coordination with the Department of State (DOS), announced that it was "revising the procedures for determining visa availability...more

9/11/2015 - Adjustment of Status Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) I-485 Applications Priority Date Cutoff Travel Permits US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visas

L-1B Specialized Knowledge Visa Category Guidance Goes into Effect August 31, 2015: Brave New World?

While the L-1B Adjudications Policy Memorandum published by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services on August 17, 2015, effective as of August 31, 2015, has many positive components, petitioners and practitioners...more

9/1/2015 - Adjudicatory Process Customs and Border Protection Intracompany Transferees L-1 Visas L-1B Memorandum of Guidance Requests for Evidence Specialized Knowledge Time Extensions US Department of State USCIS

Traveling to the United States: Restricting the Visa Waiver Program While Expanding the Trusted Traveler Programs

The Department of Homeland Security continues in its attempts to balance security considerations and hospitality to foreign visitors. The fascinating dilemma it confronts can be highlighted by press releases issued on...more

8/11/2015 - Canada DHS International Travel Mexico Passports Pending Legislation Travel Travelers Visa Waiver Program Visas

H-1B Update – New Petition Required When Work Location Changes – the World is Global, but U.S. Immigration is Local

While the 21st Century is a time of globalization, a time where with telecommuting and virtual offices there is a re-examination of whether there is still significance to your geographical location, United States Citizenship...more

8/6/2015 - Employer Liability Issues FDNS H-1B Labor Condition Applications Non-Immigrant Visas Site Visit Program USCIS Visas

H-1B Update – Is an Employer Required to file an H-1B Amendment Petition Due to a Change in Work Location which Occurred Prior to...

USCIS, on July 21, 2015, issued final guidance as to the implementation of Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC (Simeio). The Simeio decision requires employers to file an amended H-1B petition anytime an employee is moved to...more

8/5/2015 - Corporate Counsel Employee Relocations Final Guidance H-1B Labor Condition Applications USCIS Visas

US Passport/Visa System-wide Glitch Impacts U.S. Embassies Worldwide

Before Vacation Takeoff, Buckle Up for Delays! U.S. Embassies worldwide currently are experiencing serious technological problems with their passport and visa systems. As a result, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has...more

6/22/2015 - Business Travel Consulate International Travel Passports Travel Permits U.S. Embassies US Department of State Visas

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