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August 2021 Newsletter
Senate Confirms Biden’s Pick for USCIS Director


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.
With the season half-way through, we wish everyone a fun and cool rest of your summer!

In immigration news, the White House confirmed that the United States will not lift any existing travel restrictions, citing concerns over the COVID-19 Delta variant. Currently, the U.S. prohibits entry from most non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents who, within the last 14 days, have been in the United Kingdom, the Schengen Area of Europe, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran, or Brazil.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determined last month that a second H-1B lottery was required to reach the fiscal year 2022 numerical allocations. The second lottery was held on July 28th, and we have notified any applicants selected in this smaller second round. Congratulations to those selected!

On July 16th, a federal judge in southern Texas ordered the Biden administration to halt all new DACA applications. While the ruling will not impact current DACA recipients, it cuts against President Biden’s support for the program’s preservation.

Also in July, Congress passed a bill allocating $1 billion to the special immigrant visa program, a program which helps to relocate Afghans who assisted U.S. forces during the war with Afghanistan.

Finally, July ended with exciting news, with the Senate’s confirmation of President Biden’s pick for USCIS director. Ur Jaddou, the daughter of immigrants from Mexico and Iraq, will be the first woman ever to lead the agency.  We are hopeful that Jaddou will aid the Biden administration in its pledge to reverse some of the restrictive immigration policies put in place by the prior administration.

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: Alethea Jones

Since her short film Lemonade Stand won first place at Tropfest – the world’s largest short film festival – in Australia in 2012, film director and Sostrin client Alethea Jones has had the opportunity to work with some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones and Oscar nominee Richard E. Grant.
After her Tropfest award win, Ms. Jones spent two years flying back and forth between Los Angeles and her native Australia before her agent convinced her to move to L.A. full-time.  The move paid off almost immediately – Ms. Jones was nominated for a DGA Award for her work on one of her first projects in the U.S., the television series Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street.  Since then, Ms. Jones’ career has continued to move at a breakneck speed.  
In 2017, Ms. Jones premiered her first feature film, Fun Mom Dinner, at the iconic Sundance Film Festival.  The comedy film, with an ensemble cast that included Toni Collette, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, and Adam Scott, was subsequently picked up by Netflix.  The next year, Ms. Jones was featured in Vogue Australia as one of several Australians achieving success in Hollywood.  She has also directed episodes for a myriad of acclaimed television series, such as Lodge 49, for which Entertainment Weekly selected her episode “Circles” as one of the 30 best TV episodes in 2019, Dispatches from Elsewhere, Made for Love, and Evil.
Today, Ms. Jones lives in Los Angeles with her husband, sound designer PK Hooker.  She is currently directing three episodes of Sharon Horgan's Shining Vale, starring Oscar nominee Greg Kinnear, Courteney Cox (of Friends fame), and Oscar winner Mira Sorvino. Afterwards, she will direct the finale of Season 2 of Dollface, starring Kat Dennings, star of the sitcom 2 Broke Girls. 
Sostrin Immigration Lawyers has had the honor of assisting Ms. Jones with several O-1 visas and, most recently, obtaining permanent residence.  We are always excited to work with such talented individuals, and we look forward to watching her next projects come to life!

Senate confirms Ur Jaddou, the daughter of immigrants from Mexico and Iraq, as USCIS director, making her the first woman to lead the agency.
July 30, 2021

Congress passed a bill allocating $1 billion to the special immigrant visa program.
July 29, 2021

USCIS conducted a second random H-1B lottery.
July 28, 2021

United States will not lift existing travel restrictions due to COVID-19 Delta variant.
July 26, 2021

Judge orders Biden administration to stop approving new DACA applications.
July 16, 2021

On July 30, 2021, partner Rita Sostrin and Associate Attorney Dan Revich conducted a seminar with growing error-tracking software company Sentry on immigration law policies and procedures.

On August 3, 2021, partner Alex Dgebuadze spoke at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory's 54th Annual Users Meeting on Current Immigration Policies and Visa Strategies. He discussed topics such as temporary and permanent visas, and reviewed visa strategies including tips for extending stay, changing from exempt to non-exempt employers, and transitioning to permanent residency, among others.

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 August'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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