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October 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.
We hope that everyone had a wonderful beginning to the fall and are looking forward to a safe and healthy rest of the season. Just like the local weather, the immigration climate has also started to see some changes in recent months with several court rulings and a new piece of legislation impacting the immigration system.

Last week, a federal judge blocked USCIS from implementing the fee changes scheduled for October 2, 2020.  USCIS is expected to appeal this decision, but until there are any further updates, we will continue submitting filing fees for petitions and applications under the current fee schedule. 

Congress passed a bill that would greatly expand the types of immigration benefits eligible for premium processing. The bill, which was signed into law by the president at the end of September, would also allow USCIS to raise the premium processing fees and charge different premium processing fees for different petitions and applications. This bill will likely alleviate some of USCIS’s budget issues that have been heavily publicized. 

However, numerous challenges are still in place for clients abroad who are attempting to enter the United States. Many U.S. Consulates remain short-staffed, and with travel restrictions still in effect, we are continuing to see lengthy waits for consular appointments. We are working hard to help clients apply for National Interest Exceptions and expedited visa appointments at consulates around the world and successfully qualify them for visas, admission, or both. A recent court injunction may alleviate some of these issues for certain individuals, please check our website and social media for updates.

If you have questions about obtaining a National Interest Waiver or expedited visa appointment, or any concerns about your case, please reach out to the attorney and case manager you have been working with. We at Sostrin remain committed to overcoming these hurdles and assisting our clients with their immigration needs.

Sostrin Client Spotlight: Dr. Hyun Joo Cho

Dr. Hyun Joo Sophie Cho has always been fascinated by how the brain and nerves work together.  Her interest inspired her to become a neurologist: someone who studies and treats diseases of the nervous system—that is, the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. And while a neurologist is not the type of doctor we might typically think of when it comes to treating COVID-19, Dr. Cho has been paying close attention to the neurological effects of the disease.

Dr. Cho received her medical degree from Ajou University in her native South Korea. Upon coming to the United States, Dr. Cho completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and SUNY Upstate Medical University in New York, respectively, followed by a clinical fellowship in Movement Disorders at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Of her road to the United States, Dr. Cho says, “It was a long journey but well worth it.”

Today, Dr. Cho works for the NIH and has more than a dozen years of experience as a physician, with a special focus on movement disorders such as tremors and dystonia. “Diagnosing and treating such diseases require special set of clinical skills,” she explains, “and effective treatment can change someone’s quality of life.”

While, as a neurologist, Dr. Cho is usually not a first responder treating COVID-19 patients, she is involved in the treatment of some patients who experience neurological side effects of the disease. Doctors, researchers, and patients continue to learn more about the neurological effects of COVID-19, both short- and long-term, such as stroke, headache, neuropathy, and cognitive dysfunction. For some patients, this may mean long-term neurological care is required, which Dr. Cho is able to provide.

Sostrin Immigration Lawyers recently had the privilege of helping Dr. Cho secure her green card; we are honored to have worked with such a dedicated physician.

Calif. Judge Halts Trump's Work Visa Ban For Biz Groups
October 1, 2020

Congress Greatly Expands Premium Processing For Immigration Benefits
October 1, 2020

Federal Judge Blocks USCIS Fee Changes
September 30, 2020

Trump is proposing to limit student visas to two years for citizens of 59 countries
September 24, 2020

Trump administration reimposes "public charge" immigration wealth test following court orders
September 22, 2020

Appeals court OKs Trump plan to end protected immigration status for 4 countries
September 14, 2020

Whistleblower alleges high rate of hysterectomies and medical neglect at ICE facility
September 14, 2020

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Requests Until January 1, 2021
September 11, 2020

Department of State Resumes Processing Some Diversity Visa Applications
September 9, 2020

Rita Sostrin will be speaking on the AILA panel, "Seeking Discretionary Benefits in the Time of COVID-19," on October 28.

Rita Sostrin spoke on the "O's and P's for the Bold and Beautiful in Arts, Sports and Entertainment" panel at the 2020 AILA Athletics, Culture, Entertainment, and Science (ACES) Virtual Conference on October 1.


When we're not working hard for our clients, we at Sostrin like to unwind by watching movies and TV shows, listening to music, playing video games, or reading. Here are some of our recommendations:

Wendy Vork, Senior Case Manager: the NBA, Star Trek: Discovery, Never Have I Ever, We're Here, Schitt's Creek, and The Witcher (Andrzej Sapkowski)

Jenna Wall, Case Manager: Fargo, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Turn: Washington's Spies

Kay Raya Morales, Legal Assistant: Salt (Nayyirah Waheed), See No Stranger (Valarie Kaur)

Dan Revich, Associate: Sesame Street, Charlie’s Colorforms City, and The Wiggles with his 1-year-old
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. 

For October'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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