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June 2021 Newsletter
USCIS Updates Visitor Policy

 


The Sostrin Immigration Lawyers, LLP monthly newsletter provides our clients with immigration news, announcements, helpful links, and information regarding changes in immigration law, procedures, and regulations.

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We hope that everyone had a wonderful month of May and is looking forward to the beginning of the summer season later this month!
 
In immigration news, on May 9th the Biden administration announced its decision to resurrect the International Entrepreneur Rule, an Obama-era program that permits foreign entrepreneurs to stay in the U.S. for up to five years, on the condition that they own at least ten percent of a startup and attract at least $250,000 from U.S. investors.  The Department of Labor (DOL) estimates that the program could allow roughly 2,940 immigrants entry to the U.S. each year, as well as potentially create one million U.S. jobs in the next 10 years.
 
Also in May, the Department of Homeland Security and the DOL published a joint temporary final rule to make an additional 22,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural guest worker visas available for fiscal year 2021.  Of the supplemental visas, 6,000 are reserved for nationals of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.  The joint rule is intended to benefit American businesses and provide opportunity for individuals from these Northern Triangle countries.

As vaccines continue to prove effective in reducing the risk and severity of COVID-19 infection, USCIS has updated its visitor policy, easing restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals.  Fully vaccinated individuals are now able to enter USCIS facilities without a face covering and may   enter a facility upon return from domestic or international travel or after having been in contact with an individual known to have had COVID-19.

Finally, the State Department announced on May 17th that it would grant U.S. citizenship to children born abroad to married couples via in vitro fertilization or surrogacy, as long as the child is biologically related to at least one parent and has at least one parent who is an American citizen. The new policy will make it easier for same-sex parents to transmit citizenship to their children, as previously children of same-sex couples were required to have genetic ties to the parent who is an American citizen to qualify for citizenship.  

Sostrin Immigration will continue to track these changes and remains dedicated to assisting its clients with their immigration needs. As always, please reach out to the attorney and case manager you have been working with if you have any questions or concerns about your case.

Sostrin Client Spotlight: Jason Ballantine

Sostrin client Jason Ballantine is a film editor whose editing credits include several Oscar-winning and nominated movies that you just might recognize, including: Mad Max: Fury Road, The Great Gatsby, Happy Feet, Moulin Rouge!, Babe: Pig in the City, and Australia.

“This invisible contribution to a film’s strength is appealing,” Mr. Ballantine says.

As a film’s editor, Mr. Ballantine is a close but silent collaborator with the director, working to refine everything from performances and camera angles to sound design, scoring and visual effects. He has worked with some of the world’s top directors throughout his career, like George Miller, Baz Lurhmann, and George Lucas.

“For me,” he continues, “film editing is the perfect blend of creative and technical storytelling.”

Mr. Ballantine began his career in his native Australia, first experiencing what he calls the “manipulative power of editing” during his university years. Today, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife Bronwyn, an interior designer, and their children.

“To be here is to play ball with the industry’s cream,” he says. “Although I am grateful to have been born Australian, Los Angeles was inevitable in the pursuit of career fulfilment.”

Mr. Ballantine was working on The King’s Man, directed by Matthew Vaughn, the third movie in the Kingsman film series, when the pandemic first began. And although he had to put his career on hold, he explains that he was able to find a silver lining, reassessing some parts of his life and spending more time with his family.  

He notes, “I was grateful to be close to the kids as they homeschooled, sharing all meals with my wife and watching an evening film in bed. I was able to cross off many long-standing personal projects, such as sorting countless years of stockpiled photos and learning to play guitar.”

While catching up on these personal projects, Mr. Ballantine was also able to continue working on films from home, spending much of the pandemic editing Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming thriller The Guilty, which is set to arrive on Netflix.

Currently, he’s working on the DC Comics blockbuster The Flash for Warner Brothers, directed by Andy Muschietti, while looking forward to the release of The King’s Man later this year.

“Films have always been a wonderful escapist pursuit,” he says, because of their ability to stir people’s emotions through “stories from any period, any corner of the planet, or stars.” With his own career as a film editor, Mr. Ballantine has ensured that audiences escape into whole new worlds.

Sostrin Immigration has had the pleasure of working with Mr. Ballantine and his family since 2013, through several O-1 visas, permanent residence, and most recently, U.S. citizenship. We are so proud to have played a role in his journey to Hollywood and very much look forward to seeing his handiwork on the big screen soon!
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
FURTHER INFORMATION ON COVID-19
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization are both monitoring and providing regular updates about the current coronavirus outbreak.

For more information, guidance, and updates, please visit the CDC and WHO websites. 
VISA BULLETIN
 
The State Department issues a monthly visa bulletin summarizing the availability of immigrant numbers, indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center. 

To see the current monthly visa bulletin, please Click Here.
USCIS PROCESSING TIMES 
 
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") provides estimates of how long each office is taking to process different types of cases. USCIS updates this page every month (around the 15th of each month). Please note that these dates may change without notice.

For Processing Time information, please Click Here.
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