David Grunblatt

David Grunblatt

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Premium Processing Is Taking a Summer Vacation!

USCIS Announced That It Is Temporarily Suspending Premium Processing of H-1B Extension Petitions - The United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) announced yesterday, without warning to its stakeholders, that it...more

5/21/2015 - H-1B Hiring & Firing Human Resources Professionals Immigration Procedures USCIS

H-1B Updates - (1) New Petition Required When Work Location Changes and (2) USCIS Ran Lottery for Fiscal Year 2016 on April 13

Changing years of established policy, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) ruled in a precedent decision on April 9, 2015 that the beneficiary of an H-1B petition working in the United States cannot change geographical...more

4/14/2015 - Administrative Appeal Office H-1B LCA USCIS Visa Caps Visas

USCIS Proposes: L-1B Adjudications Policy

The Key – Applying the “Preponderance of the Evidence” standard”? Immigration practitioners are trying to figure out what to make of the proposed Policy Memorandum on L-1B Adjudications Policy (hereinafter “Guidance”)...more

4/3/2015 - Administrative Appeal Office DHS Draft Guidance L-1B Preponderance of the Evidence Standard of Review USCIS

Traveling to the United States with Global Entry and NEXUS: Are my wife and me Trusted Travelers?

On January 19, 2015, my wife and me, Global Entry participants completed our NEXUS interviews at the Pearson Airport in Ontario, Canada, and were accepted into the program....more

3/2/2015 - Canada Customs and Border Protection Mexico Trusted Traveler

Continued Rollout of Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

Today, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that starting May 26, 2015 it will be accepting applications for employment authorization (EAD) for H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants...more

2/26/2015 - Barack Obama DHS Employment Authorization Document Executive Orders H-1B H-4 Spouses Immigration Reform Spouses USCIS

Forecasting USCIS Delays This Summer

As has been widely publicized, on November 20, 2014, President Obama announced Executive Actions on Immigration, including: - Expanding the parameters of his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to...more

2/16/2015 - DACA DAPA Deferred Action Immigration USCIS

H1-B Cap 2016 Filings Due In April, Competition Remains Steady

Time to start preparing for the H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2016! Demand for the H-1B visa category has steadily increased. Last year, USCIS received 172,500 petitions for 85,000 H-1B spots. Although USCIS issues receipts in...more

2/11/2015 - Filing Season H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Human Resources Professionals Immigration Procedures STEM USCIS Visa Caps Visas

Employer Alienage Discrimination – Must You Hire Anyone Authorized to Work?

Could it really be that an employer is obligated to hire any person in the United States who has employment authorization, even if it is short-term and temporary in nature? That may very well be the case if a finding in the...more

12/8/2014 - DACA Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Foreign Nationals Hiring & Firing Right to Work

Fourteen States and Four Governors Sue the President on His Immigration Executive Orders – The Battle Begins

It didn’t take long. Fourteen states and four governors, led by Texas, filed a complaint in the Federal Court in Brownsville, Texas seeking to nullify the President’s Executive Order relating to immigration. Texas has sued...more

12/5/2014 - Barack Obama Executive Orders Immigration Reform Legislative Agendas Political Debates

E-Verify Keeps Getting in the News – That is the Way USCIS Wants it

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is heavily invested in the success of the E-Verify program, which it sees as the core for all future employer compliance programs. ...more

12/3/2014 - DHS E-Verify Federal Contractors Hiring & Firing Immigration Records USCIS

E-Verify Maintenance Requirements Modified to Minimize Security Risks

On January 1, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will begin disposing of E-Verify records that are over 10 years old in accordance with the National Archives Records Administration records...more

12/3/2014 - Data Protection E-Verify Immigration Procedures Immigration Records USCIS

The President’s Immigration Announcement: One Small Step for Business, One Giant Leap for the Undocumented

While the press and the public focuses on the titanic battle between Congress and the President as to his Executive power and directives that might impact the status of millions of undocumented aliens, the business community...more

11/26/2014 - Barack Obama DACA DAPA Deportation DHS Executive Orders Green Cards Immigration Procedures Immigration Reform STEM USCIS

Obama’s Executive Action – What Does It Mean For Foreign Workers and US Businesses

President Obama's immigration address to the nation on November 20, 2014 focused on the undocumented immigrants in the United States. However, there are several interesting policy initiatives that will affect US employers and...more

11/24/2014 - Barack Obama DACA Deportation DHS Executive Orders Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Immigration Reform PERM STEM USCIS

The United States and China Agree: Visa Reciprocity

Perhaps there is not a lot that China and the United States can agree upon, but this week the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of China were able to agree upon a revision of the visa reciprocity rules,...more

11/13/2014 - China Reciprocity Rules Visas

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...more

11/7/2014 - Immigration Reform Legislative Agendas

U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Dates Announced

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2016 opens Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Entries must be submitted electronically at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ between noon on October 1, 2014, and noon on November 3,...more

9/24/2014 - Country of Origin DIversity Lottery Foreign Nationals Registration Visas

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,...more

7/31/2014 - Delays Department of State Passports Visas

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

With immigration reform at a standstill, the Obama administration is taking steps to help businesses attract and retain professionals working in the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced two major...more

5/9/2014 - CW-1 DHS E-3 H-1B H-1B1 H-4 Spouses Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Hiring & Firing Immigration Reform Obama Administration USCIS

USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap for FY 2015 and Conducts Lottery

On Monday, April 7th, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it had received enough H-1B petitions to reach the cap of 65,000 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, as well as the 20,000 limit for those...more

4/14/2014 - H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Hiring & Firing Lottery USCIS Visa Caps Visas

H-1B Cap Reached for FY 2015

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the cap for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. Based on the volume received as of today, USCIS has determined...more

4/8/2014 - H-1B Quotas USCIS Visa Caps

H-1B Cap: No, It Is Not Too Early

While it may seem early, it is a good time for employers to start preparing for the H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins October 1, 2014. Demand for the H-1B has steadily increased, with last year's cap being reached...more

1/27/2014 - Filing Deadlines H-1B Immigrants USCIS Visas

Beware: When Sending Employees to the US: Business Visitors under Scrutiny

It has never been clear what activities are permitted while traveling to the US as a Business Visitor within the B-1 visa classification. However, Infosys Corporation (“Infosys”) is the first company to feel the wrath of the...more

1/7/2014 - B-1 Compliance Employer Liability Issues Foreign Nationals Multinationals Travel Visas

USCIS Site Visits – Expanding to L-1 Petitioners

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) created and implemented the Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program (ASVVP) in July 2009, under which it conducts unannounced site inspections at the...more

11/26/2013 - Fraud H-1B Inspections L-1 OIG USCIS Visas

U.S. Government Shutdown: Immigration and Visa Consequences for the Business Community

The unthinkable is happening, a U.S. government shutdown. What is the impact of this on immigration matters? Passports - The United States Passport Office will stop processing U.S. passport and passport card...more

10/1/2013 - Customs and Border Protection DOL E-Verify Government Shutdown ICE Passports USCIS Visas

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

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for the next cycle of this popular program opens Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Entries must be submitted electronically between noon on October 1, 2013, and noon on November 2, 2013,...more

9/19/2013 - Department of State Green Cards Lottery Visas

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