- University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1988
- Brigham Young University, B.A., 1985
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Dave is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the corporate group. His practice focuses on the representation of businesses and individuals in all areas of immigration and naturalization law. Dave is fluent in Japanese.
Dave is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), where he serves as the Ohio Chapter Liaison to the USCIS Columbus office. He served as a member of AILA’s 2015 Annual Conference Planning Committee (Business) and has served as a member of AILA's Distance Learning and Business Committees. Dave has also served as Chair of AILA's USCIS Texas Service Center Liaison Committee (2013-2014) and as a member of AILA's USCIS Service Center Operations (SCOPS) Liaison Committee. Dave served previously as a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association USCIS Texas Service Center Liaison Committee (2009 – 2012) and as a member of the Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee (2008-09). Dave is also a member of the Columbus Bar Association.
Dave frequently presents seminars dealing with employment-related visa and immigration matters and employment-related immigration compliance.
Dave received his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law and his B.A. from Brigham Young University.
Dave served as senior assistant counsel at Honda of America Mfg. Inc. from 1990 to 1995.
Dave is past president of the Rotary Club of Hilliard.
Honors & Awards
- The Best Lawyers in America, Columbus Immigration Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2016
- The Best Lawyers in America, Immigration Law, 2013-2016
- Ohio Super Lawyers, Immigration, 2004
- 8/17/2015One-hundred and eighteen lawyers from Vorys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016.
- 8/17/2015Sixteen Vorys attorneys have been named 2016 Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers.
- 4/21/2015Dave Cook, a partner in the Vorys Columbus office, was profiled in Law360’s Immigration Q&A series.
- 8/18/2014One-hundred and ten lawyers from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015.
- 8/14/2013One hundred and eleven lawyers from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014.
- 4/16/2013Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP recently advised the Pressure Cylinders segment of Worthington Industries, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of the business of Palmer Mfg. &Tank, Inc., for $113,500,000.
- 8/23/2012One hundred and twenty-six lawyers from Vorys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013.
- 10/9/2015Vorys Partner Dave Cook was a speaker at the 2015 American Immigration Lawyers Association Ohio Chapter Annual CLE Conference on October 9, 2015.
- 6/19/2015Vorys Partner Dave Cook was a speaker at the American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference on June 19, 2015.
- 11/21/2013Vorys attorneys David Cook and Sachiyo Peterson spoke at the International Law Committee Meeting on November 21.
- 5/9/2016The Department of Homeland Security’s new rule on the STEM Optional Practical Training extension goes into effect on May 10, 2016. Some of the changes that impact employers are highlighted in this Immigration Alert.
- 2/16/2016At the beginning of each government fiscal year, which starts October 1, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) makes available an allocation of new H-1B visas. In general, the H-1B visa classification permits a foreign national to work in the United States for a temporary period in a “specialty occupation.”
- 12/23/2015The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices recently released guidance for employers conducting internal I-9 audits. The guidance covers topics including how to define the scope of an internal audit, how to communicate to employees regarding the audit, how to fix specific errors discovered during the audit, and other related questions.
- 2/26/2015Effective May 26, 2015, certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants will become eligible for their own employment eligibility.
- 11/21/2014On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a number of executive actions (also known as the Immigration Accountability Executive Actions). One of the executive actions focused on policies supporting U.S. high-skilled businesses and workers. A link to this executive action can be found here. In this action, President Obama directs new policies and regulations that will support our country’s high-skilled businesses and workers by improving the ability of U.S. businesses to hire and retain highly skilled foreign-born workers, while also providing the workers with increased flexibility to make natural advancements with their current employers or seek similar opportunities elsewhere.
- 3/3/2014At the beginning of each fiscal year, which for the federal government starts October 1, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) makes available an allocation of new H-1B visa numbers.
- 10/1/2013The failure of the U.S. Congress to reach a budget deal is causing a partial shutdown of U.S. government offices and services. The full extent to which the government shutdown will affect various aspects of the immigration process is not yet clear.
- 5/3/2013The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently published an interim final rule indicating its intention to automate its Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record.
- 4/29/2013The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently published a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 for use by employers.
- 4/5/2013The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published an interim final rule on March 27, 2013, indicating its intention to automate its Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record. Form I-94, among other purposes, provides documentation of the admission and approved length of stay for individuals in a temporary immigration status.
- 4/5/2013The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petition to reach the statutory cap for the fiscal year 2014. USCIS will use a computer-generated random selection process (commonly known as the “lottery”) for all FY 2014 cap-subject petitions received through April 5, 2013.
- 3/20/2013At the beginning of each fiscal year, which starts October 1, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) makes available an allocation of new H-1B visas. The number of these new visas that are available each year is capped at approximately 65,000 (plus an additional 20,000 that are exempt from the cap for individuals with advanced degrees from an accredited U.S. college or university). Applications for these new visas can be filed as soon as April 1.
- 3/12/2013On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 for use by employers.
- 3/5/2013At the beginning of each fiscal year, which starts October 1, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services makes available an allocation of new H-1B visas. The number of these new visas that are available each year is capped at approximately 65,000.
- 6/18/2012Immigration Alert: Department of Homeland Security Announces Deferred Action Process for Certain Young PeopleOn June 15, 2012, the secretary of homeland security announced that effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children will be considered for relief from removal or from entering into removal proceedings.
- 4/19/2012Effective April 13, 2012, the Department of State adjusted the visa processing fees applicable to beneficiaries applying for a new visa stamp at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Most nonimmigrant visa applications and Border Crossing Cards will increase, except for the E visas (treaty-traders and treaty-investors) and K visas (for fiancés of U.S. citizens).
- 4/9/2012U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services updated its count of FY2013 cap-subject H-1B petitions and advanced degree cap-exempt petitions receipted. As of April 9, 2012, nearly 17,400 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted.
- 3/1/2012The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the expansion of TSA Precheck, a passenger pre-screening initiative. Under this initiative, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) focuses its efforts on passengers the agency knows less about, while providing expedited screening for travelers who volunteer information about themselves before flying.
- 2/29/2012As you may know, the annual cap for the current fiscal year allocation of H-1B visas was reached on November 22, 2011. Since that time, employers have not been able to file H-1B visa petitions subject to the annual cap.