David Strashnoy

David Strashnoy is a Senior Attorney with Stone Grzegorek Gonzalez LLP and a former Consular Officer with the U.S. Department of State.  Based on that experience, he has been able to successfully resolve difficult consular processing matters across all visa categories for SGG clients and also has substantial expertise in preparing E-2 and E-1 visa applications on behalf of entrepreneurs seeking to start businesses in the United States.   He is a member of SGG’s Investor and Entrepreneur practice group, where he manages the source of funds component of all of the firm’s I-526 petition filings for individual EB-5 investors seeking permanent residence.  He also assists regional centers seeking initial or amended designations, as well as approval of exemplar petitions.  David has also represented clients in a wide variety of other visa categories, including L-1A, L-1B, H1-B, TN, B1/B2, O-1, and EB-1, among others.

David spent nearly 10 years serving with the U.S. Department of State in Latin America, Europe, Russia, and Washington, D.C.  As a former Consular Officer, he has broad immigration expertise developed through years of experience managing overseas consular operations and adjudicating all classes of visas.  While serving in Mexico, he was the lead adjudicator on E-2, E-1, and TN visas, and regularly conducted outreach to multinational companies and medium-sized enterprises to consult on visa processing best practices.  Prior to his involvement in immigration law, David was a civil litigator at multiple law firms in Northern California where he represented clients in products liability, toxic torts, and contract matters.

David is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA), serves on various professional committees, and has spoken at numerous conferences. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.  David was born in Ukraine and immigrated to the United States with his family as a child.  He speaks Russian and Spanish.


Quoted In…

Visa Applicants Being Asked if Americans Can Do Their Jobs,” Bloomberg Law (August 7, 2018)

“Muslim Nations Targeted by Trump’s Travel Ban See Steep Visa Drop,” Politico (September 28, 2017)


Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “In the Pursuit of Justice: Counseling Clients After the Latest Immigration and Travel Ban Developments,” Iranian American Bar Association National Conference, Beverly Hills, CA (November 2018)

Speaker, “Behind the Consular Curtain: Consular Update 2018,” National Association of Foreign Student Advisers Region XII Conference, Reno, NV (October 2018)

Speaker, “H-1B Alternatives for Students: Es, Os, and More,” National Association of Foreign Student Advisers Region XII Southern District Mini-Conference, Costa Mesa, CA (July 2018)

Speaker, “Behind the Consular Curtain: Consular Update 2018,” National Association of Foreign Student Advisers Region XII Southern District Mini-Conference, Costa Mesa, CA (July 2018)

Speaker, “ISS RP Discusses Extreme Vetting and U.S. Visas,” National Association of Foreign Student Advisers Government Connections Webinar (June 2018)

Speaker, “Consular Processing 1: Navigating the NVC and Beyond,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA (June 2018)

Speaker, “Engaging with U.S. Consular Posts,” Council For Global Immigration Annual Symposium, Crystal City, VA (June 2018)

Moderator, “U.S. Department of State: Current Visa Issues,” National Association of Foreign Student Advisers Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA (May 2018)

Speaker, “U.S. Visa and Entry Process for Students and Scholars Workshop,” National Association of Foreign Student Advisers Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA (May 2018)

Speaker, “What’s New at Ciudad Juarez,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Webinar (May 2018)

Speaker, “What to Know Before Processing in Mexico,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Mid-Winter Conference, Cancun, Mexico (February 2018)

Moderator, “Behind the Consular Curtain,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Southern California Chapter Continuing Legal Education Event, Los Angeles, CA (November 2017)

Speaker, “Consular Processing Pitfalls in Family-Based Cases,” American Immigration Lawyers Association California Chapters Conference, Los Angeles, CA (November 2017)

Speaker, “Déjà Vu All Over Again: Refiling vs. Appealing,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA (June 2017)

Speaker, “ABC’s of Visa Acquisition Workshop,” National Association of Foreign Student Advisers Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA (May 2017)

Speaker, “Town Hall Meeting on Trump Executive Orders,” California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (February 2017)

Speaker, ““Town Hall Meeting on Trump Executive Orders,” Iranian American Bar Association and Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, CA (February 2017)

Speaker, “Visa Options for Entrepreneurs,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Southern California Chapter Continuing Legal Education Event, Los Angeles, CA (December 2016)

Speaker, “Building a Consular Portfolio as Part of Your Immigration Practice,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Latin America and Caribbean Chapter Annual Conference, Santiago, Chile (November 2016)

Speaker, “Behind the Consular Curtain: An Insider’s Perspective on Visa Interviews,” National Association of Foreign Student Advisers Region XII Conference, Palm Springs, CA (November 2016)

Speaker, “The Basics of E Visas for Investors,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Europe, Middle East, and Africa Chapter Fall Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands (October 2016)

Speaker, “Preparing Students and Scholars for the Visa Interview,” Los Angeles Professional International Education Roundtable, Los Angeles, CA (June 2016)

Speaker, “E Visas for Investors and Employees,” Stone, Grzegorek & Gonzalez Continuing Legal Education Event, Los Angeles, CA (May 2016)

Speaker, “L Visas versus E Visas for Investors: Pros and Cons,” Immigrants’ List Civic Action Continuing Legal Education Event, Los Angeles, CA (March 2016)

Moderator, “Breakfast with the Consulates: Consular Officer Roundtable,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Southern California Chapter Continuing Legal Education Event, Los Angeles, CA (February 2016)

Speaker, “A Guide to Consular Visa Interviews,” Stone, Grzegorek & Gonzalez Continuing Legal Education Event, Los Angeles, CA (September 2015)


Publications

Co-Author, “NVC Practice Pointer – Managing and Understanding Processing Times,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference Handbook (June 2018)

Co-Author, “U.S. Consulate Ciudad Juarez – Practice Advisory,” American Immigration Lawyers Association (May 2018)

Co-Author, “What to Know Before Processing in Mexico,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Mid-Winter Conference Handbook (February 2018)

Co-Author, “Consular Processing Pitfalls in Family-Based Cases,” American Immigration Lawyers Association California Chapters Conference Handbook (November 2017)

Co-Author, “Regional Center Terminations and Impacts on Immigrant Families,” Regional Center Business Journal (Volume 5, Issue 2, June 2017)


Professional Positions

Member, NAFSA International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice Committee, Travel Subcommittee (2018-2019)

Member, AILA National CBP Liaison Committee (2018-Present)

Member, AILA Southern California Chapter CBP Liaison Committee (2018-Present)

Member, NAFSA Curriculum Development Team for Visa Acquisition Workshop (2017-2018)

Member, AILA National USCIS International Operations Liaison Committee (2017-2018)

Member, AILA Southern California Chapter Consular Liaison Committee (2016-2018)

Member, AILA Europe, Middle East, Africa Chapter Consular Liaison Committee (2016-2018)

Member, AILA Latin American and Caribbean Chapter Consular Liaison Committee (2016-2017)

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