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November 2020 Newsletter


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.
Immigrants play a major role in American life and politics. According to Pew Research Center, a record 23 million naturalized citizens are eligible to vote in the coming election—around 1-in-10 eligible voters. Data collected from the recently concluded 2020 Census, which counted every person living in the United States and the five U.S. territories, including foreign nationals, will be used to determine how seats in the House of Representatives are distributed among the 50 states. On the eve of this year’s election, we hope that all eligible voters have made a plan to vote or have cast their vote already, so they can make their voices heard.

Much like how immigrants impact American politics, so too do politics affect the immigration process. Last month, Congress passed legislation that authorized USCIS to raise the filing fee for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing. Accordingly, USCIS increased the fee from $1,440 to, for most petitions, $2,500.  The affected petitions include H-1B, O-1, L-1, E-2, and employment-based immigrant petitions being submitted to the premium processing service, which expedites the processing of these petitions. 

The administration additionally announced new restrictions to the H-1B visa program, including changes to prevailing wage rules (effective immediately) and narrower eligibility requirements (effective December 7, 2020).  Both Rita Sostrin and Alex Dgebuadze are working as part of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) effort to submit comments on these rules.  Additionally, some major business groups and universities have filed lawsuits challenging these rules and arguing that they will create significant and unnecessary hiring barriers.

These new rules and legislation will affect most immigration petitions for the foreseeable future. We are also still feeling the effect of entry and visa issuance restrictions put into place by the administration over the past several months. Please reach out to the attorney and case manager you have been working with if you have any questions or concerns about your case. We at Sostrin Immigration will continue to work hard in assisting our clients with their immigration needs, and we wish everyone a safe and healthy November.

Sostrin Client Spotlight: Dr. Salvador Gullo Neto

Sostrin client Dr. Salvador Gullo Neto is no stranger to patient safety. He has more than 20 years of experience as a doctor and surgeon in his native Brazil and has been working on a patient safety mobile application for the past three years. After frequently coming up against healthcare rules and processes such as fee-for-service that he did not think were optimal, Dr. Gullo Neto decided to pursue a new career direction utilizing modern technology to improve healthcare management.

“This is not sustainable,” Dr. Gullo Neto explains. “Quality and safety in healthcare should be a real goal and not just a banner on the wall. And this was the reason I started working as a healthcare manager. If you believe that things should be different, start working for it.”

Through the application SAFETY4ME, Dr. Gullo Neto is tackling one of the leading causes of death in the United States: medical errors. Patients using the app can play a game about patient safety while they are receiving healthcare services.  While utilizing the application, patients learn how to protect themselves from harm and generate data that outpatient clinics, hospitals, and health insurance companies can use to improve their institutions.

Dr. Gullo Neto drew on his extensive background in medicine and research to create SAFETY4ME.  He earned his medical degree from Pontificia Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), then completed his residency in general surgery and additional training in digestive surgery and transplantation of abdominal organs.  He went on to perform several roles with PUCRS, including as a physician and surgeon at Hospital São Lucas da PUCRS, Head of the Transplant Services, and Assistant Professor.  Today, in addition to his work on SAFETY4ME, he is a Visiting Scholar/Faculty Member at the San Diego State University’s School of Nursing and conducts academic research on medical errors.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to draw attention to patient care quality and safety, empowering patients is more important than ever.  Dr. Gullo Neto is working hard to make sure that patients are properly armed with the tools they need to protect themselves.  “With the right information you can take action and protect yourself from harm,” Dr. Gullo Neto says. “Providing high quality information is the best way to empower people, especially during a sanitary crisis like this pandemic that we are living in.”

Sostrin Immigration Lawyers recently helped Dr. Gullo Neto obtain an O-1 visa. We feel very lucky to represent someone addressing such an important problem and eagerly await his future endeavors.

National Immigrants Day is a Day for Celebration
October 28, 2020

Thousands of immigrants in Texas hope the courts or the election will save their protected status 
October 26, 2020

Lawyers say they can't find the parents of 545 migrant children separated by Trump administration 
October 20, 2020

Canada-U.S. Border To Remain Closed For Another Month Amid Rising Coronavirus Cases
October 19, 2020

Supreme Court agrees to rule on Trump’s immigration policies, but not until next year
October 19, 2020

Trump, COVID-19 tie up immigration courts for thousands in California, attorneys say 
October 18, 2020

USCIS Increases Premium Processing Filing Fee
October 16, 2020

Supreme Court to review Trump's plan to exclude unauthorized immigrants from count used to award House seats 
October 16, 2020

Court Order regarding Presidential Proclamation 10052
October 9, 2020

DOL’s Sudden Mandatory Pay Increase Rocks H-1B Worker Employers 
October 8, 2020

‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ No Matter How Young, Justice Dept. Officials Said
October 6, 2020

Rita Sostrin spoke at the AILA University Video Roundtable Discussion, "Seeking Discretionary Benefits in the Time of COVID-19," on October 28.

Alex Dgebuadze was a Discussion Leader in the AILA University Video Roundtable Discussion, "H1B IFRs Update" on October 29.


Halloween might be over, but we're still making our way through our candy collections. These are some of our favorites: 

Colleen Croal, Senior Case Manager: Kit Kats, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Red Twizzlers.

Jeremy Curtis, Case Manager: Mallo Cups and candy corn.

Jenna Wall, Case Manager: Sour Punch Straws and Almond Joy.

Teri Harris, Finance Manager: PayDay bars and gummy bears.

Diane Anderson-Kwan, Administrative Assistant: Kinder Bueno Chocolate Bars.

Dan Revich, Associate Attorney: Coffee Crisp.

Claudia Chandra, Legal Assistant: Mars bars and nougat.

Cindy Chang, Legal Assistant: Matcha KitKats, pink and red Starbursts, and sour gummy worms.

Eunice Song, Legal Assistant: Red Vines.

Vivian Giang, Legal Assistant: Peanut M&Ms.
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 November'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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