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March 2021 Newsletter
Annual H-1B Specialty Occupation Lottery Begins


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.
We hope that everyone has had a safe and healthy February and are looking forward to the arrival of Spring! Besides a new season, there is a lot of activity anticipated in immigration law in March.
The annual H-1B specialty occupation “cap” selection lottery will be conducted this month to select individuals whose employers will be able to petition for their H-1B work visas. The selection process involves two phases.  The first will require the submission of a registration application during the designated registration window from March 9th  – March 25th, 2021. Lottery selection for the submitted registrations will be conducted by March 31st, 2021, after which the petition production and submission phase will begin. If you are an employer who is interested in filing an H-1B petition for a potential new hire or a current employee working in a different status, please contact our office to see if they are H-1B lottery eligible.
In immigration news, USCIS announced that it will be reverting to the 2008 citizenship civics test, effective at the beginning of March 2021.
Last week, President Biden also revoked the immigrant visa ban that former President Trump originally enacted in April 2020.  This new proclamation does not revoke the suspension of issuance of H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 nonimmigrant visas, which is currently set to expire on March 31, 2021.  Also, country-based travel bans still remain in place.

Finally, President Biden’s extensive immigration reform proposal has been introduced in Congress.  While the bill faces significant hurdles there, CNBC reports that lawmakers may take a piecemeal approach to overcome some of these hurdles.
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: Dr. Zulma Gazit and Dr. Dan Gazit

Dr. Zulma Gazit and Dr. Dan Gazit are partners not only in life, but also in scientific pursuits. The couple, who married in 1988, have been working together for the past 21 years. They both recently become U.S. citizens after many years of living in the United States and working with Sostrin Immigration Lawyers on their U.S. immigration process.

Dr. Zulma Gazit first obtained her Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Buenos Aires in her native country of Argentina, followed by her Ph.D. in Immunology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After spending several years focusing on immunology, she began working in stem cell research at Hebrew University, where she met her husband Dr. Dan Gazit.
Dr. Dan Gazit’s career began in his home country of Israel, where he attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, followed by a Doctorate in Dental Medicine. After several years practicing in a clinic, he obtained a Ph.D. in Bone Biology in 1991, also from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and since then has studied and investigated skeletal regeneration using adult stem cells and gene therapy.
Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Dan and Zulma worked at various universities across the United States, including the University of Virginia and the University of California in San Francisco.  The couple both joined Cedars-Sinai in 2006 where they began building a new program for skeletal tissue regeneration, a program which combines their expertise in stem cells and gene therapy.
They currently lead their own research laboratory at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center that investigates skeletal tissue regeneration. Dan and Zulma also hold positions as Professors in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery, in addition to their roles as Co-Directors of the Skeletal Regeneration and Stem Cell Therapy Program at the Regenerative Medicine Institute.
Dan and Zulma have now been working together for more than 20 years and have developed unique methods for treating skeletal tissue loss or degeneration. As Dan explains, “Zulma and myself are inventors. We invent and develop technologies that are aimed to rebuild injured organs in human beings. Our expertise is skeletal organs.”
Dan and Zulma have been working with Sostrin Immigration Lawyers since the firm was founded in 2010 and have worked with partner Rita Sostrin since 2005. We are so proud to have been part of their journey in the United States, and wish them all the best now that they have become U.S. citizens. 

New Department of State Guidance for Visa Eligibility for individuals in U.K. and Europe 
March 3, 2021

President Biden Revokes Immigrant Visa Ban
February 24, 2021

USCIS Expands Premium Processing Service to E-3 Petitioners
February 24, 2021

USCIS Reverts to Previous Citizenship Civics Test
February 22, 2021

Path to citizenship in new Democratic immigration bill
February 18, 2021

FY 2022 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Opens on March 9
February 5, 2021

Partners Rita Sostrin and Alex Dgebuadze have both selected for inclusion in this year's Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration. Rita Sostrin was also selected for WWL: Thought Leaders: Corporate Immigration 2021.

On March 31, Alex Dgebuadze will speak to Caltech and JPL regarding visa options for international students and scholars seeking professional employment with U.S. companies.

On February 25, Rita Sostrin gave a presentation for the Neurocritical Care Society’s Career Panel on immigration and visa requirements.

Missed a past newsletter? You can now find an archive of our previous newsletters on our website! 
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. 
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 March's monthly visa bulletin, please Click Here.
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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