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October 2021 Newsletter
U.S. Expected to Lift Air Travel Restrictions in November 2021


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 wonderful beginning to Autumn and are looking forward to the rest of the season!

In immigration news, the White House told reporters that the U.S. is expected to relax travel restrictions for air travelers starting in early November. This change will allow entry for air travelers from 33 countries including China, India, Brazil, and most of Europe who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We are waiting for additional details regarding this policy change, but if implemented this will greatly ease restrictions for business travelers currently subject to travel bans.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has extended the flexibilities for agency requests it first announced on March 30, 2020. For requests or notices issued and dated by USCIS between March 1, 2020, and January 15, 2022, inclusive, USCIS will consider responses received within 60 calendar days after the response due date set forth in a Request for Evidence or other agency request before taking action, and continue to extend the filing deadline for Appeals or Motions to 60 days from the agency action date.

On September 30, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas discussed new Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Law to better focus the Department’s resources on the apprehension and removal of noncitizens who are a threat to national security or public safety. The new guidelines are intended to ensure a case-by-case assessment of whether an individual poses a threat.

Also last month, USCIS confirmed that based on new CDC guidelines, effective October 1, 2021, applicants subject to the immigration medical examination must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the civil surgeon can complete an immigration medical examination.

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 case.

Sostrin Client Spotlight: Rod Martin

As Chief Operating Officer of the multinational meat producer and distributor Awano Food Group, Rod Martin is a titan of the animal protein industry.

“Being part of the challenges to connect food to people, from farm to fork, has being intriguing and thrilling from the very beginning,” Mr. Martin explains.

Born in Brazil, Mr. Martin began his career in the food industry over two decades ago as a Sales Manager at Marfrig Global Foods in São Paulo.  In his short three years with the company, Mr. Martin was able to bring Marfrig’s market share in Russia from 5.5 percent to 12.3 percent, as well as produce similar growth in Asia and Europe.  Following such immediate success in this role, Mr. Martin’s profession quickly took him around the world, working for companies such as BRF, AC Proteina - CARGILL, and eventually Awano Food Group, which has its headquarters in Singapore.  

Throughout his career, Mr. Martin has managed food business in Brazil, Russia, The Netherlands, Singapore, and eventually the United States, when he was transferred to the corporate branch office of Awano Food Group in California in 2019.

After working across a diverse array of global markets, “the U.S. market was definitely on my radar,” Mr. Martin says, “not only for the renowned business opportunities but also for the learning experience.”

“So far,” he continues, “the resilience from the American citizens and the power to change, aligned with its speed, has been remarkable to me.”

While he may be impressed with the fast pace of the American food industry, Mr. Martin has more than kept up.  In his position as Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Martin has helped to grow the Awano Food Group business in America by eight-fold, creating jobs to sustain the company’s ambitious growth and opening a new operation in Connecticut to support the East Coast's growing demand. Mr. Martin has also led several innovative initiatives globally and in the United States.  Just recently, the company partnered with the American JUST Inc., a producer of lab-grown meats to distribute and sell their products worldwide. The investment and partnership, spearheaded by Mr. Martin, is at the forefront of a demand for more environmentally conscious methods and products In the American food industry.

Sostrin Immigration Lawyers had the honor of working with Mr. Martin on an L-1A visa and on the multinational manager/executive permanent residence process.  We feel lucky to represent someone with such a groundbreaking impact on the global food industry and are excited to follow his future endeavors.

Federal appeals court preserves administration’s ability to use Title 42 to expel migrant families
September 30, 2021

Secretary Mayorkas Announces New Immigration Enforcement Priorities
September 30, 2021

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests
September 24, 2021

US special envoy to Haiti resigns over migrant expulsions
September 24, 2021

U.S. To Lift Air Travel Restrictions in November 2021
September 20, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Required for Immigration Medical Examinations
September 14, 2021

Biden reopens program that allows Central American children to come to the U.S. legally
September 13, 2021

Sostrin Immigration Lawyers is excited to welcome Legal Assistants Marcus Albino and Samantha Lee to the firm!

Attorney Dan Revich will judge a mock trial for Cal State L.A.’s media law class on Monday, October 11, 2021.

Attorney Rita Sostrin will speak at the 2021 AILA Fall Conference and Webcast: Athletics, Culture, Entertainment, and Science (ACES) and Business Hot Topics on Tuesday, October 12, 2021.

Attorneys Rita Sostrin and Alex Dgebuadze both have articles in the forthcoming book, Immigration Options for Academics and Researchers, 3rd Ed. Ms. Sostrin also served as an Editor on the book, which will be published October 31, 2021.

Alex Dgebuadze will speak at the 34th Annual AILA California Chapters Conference and Webcast, which will take place on November 18 and 19, 2021.

Missed a past newsletter? You can 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 the current 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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