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May 2021 Newsletter
Travel Ban Expanded to India


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 everyone’s May has gotten off to a wonderful start. We are optimistic about the next few months with the successful vaccine rollout and the reopening of the economy, with Los Angeles county now in the less restrictive yellow tier! 

In immigration news, in late April, the White House announced new restrictions on travel from India, citing advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The restrictions went into effect earlier this month.  For detailed information on these restrictions and any exemptions, please check the State Department’s website or contact your attorney and case manager. This is in addition to the existing restrictions on travel from the U.K., the Schengen area, Brazil, South Africa and China. We are advising against all non-emergency foreign travel at this time.

Also in April, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reinstated a 2004 policy instructing adjudicating officers to defer to previous decisions made by the agency.  As a result, USCIS officers will be instructed to generally defer to prior approvals when adjudicating extension requests involving the same parties and facts.  We are hopeful that this new policy guidance will result in USCIS issuing fewer Requests for Evidence and denials of extension requests for nonimmigrant visas.

Finally, USCIS in a recent court filing stated that it is planning to suspend biometrics collection for H-4, E-3, and L-2 applications, beginning on May 17, 2021. We are awaiting further details as USCIS has not yet released an official statement confirming this policy change. Still, we are optimistic that this may decrease processing times for these applications as well as other cases that require biometrics collection.

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: Gary Numan

Listening to his parents’ record collection as a child, Gary Numan wasn’t always sure that he wanted to be a musician. As he grew older, however, he became more certain of his future: “A music career seemed to offer the most exciting kind of life- certainly more interesting than the career choices being presented to me at school,” he posits, “so I decided to make music my life.”
Once Mr. Numan discovered songwriting, he knew he had picked the right career.  He explains: “Writing songs became a need more than anything – A way of releasing fears and tensions in a way that created something new and worthwhile, rather than being destructive.”
Described by Rolling Stone as a “New Wave legend,” Mr. Numan first rose to success in his hometown of London, England, as the front man of the band Tubeway Army.  He released two albums with the band, one of which included the hit song “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” that in 1979 made Mr. Numan the first Briton to have a No. 1 synth-pop single.
Mr. Numan has since released more than a dozen albums and his songs have been sampled and referenced by countless other artists, including Tears for Fears, Nine Inch Nails, Dr. Dre, Timbaland, and Basement Jaxx.  In 2017, he received an Ivor Novello Award in recognition of his work inspiring and encouraging the creativity of other artists. Mr. Numan has toured the world regularly and has the stories to prove it, including a memorable encounter with legendary U.K. rock band Queen while in Tokyo.
Touring has always been a major part of Mr. Numan’s career as a musician. Because of the pandemic, however, he has not been able to tour as planned.  Still, he’s kept busy, recently publishing (R)evolution, an autobiography and memoir that The Guardian described as an “entertaining and often poignant life story.”  He is also preparing to release his 18th solo album entitled Intruder later this month, and is already working on another record.
“I’m very lucky in that I have a studio at home,” he explains, “So continuing working on music wasn’t a problem.”

Today, Mr. Numan lives in California with his wife Gemma, who has encouraged him since they met in 1992, as well as their children. Mr. Numan and his family settled in Los Angeles drawn by the opportunity to produce film music.  He also describes “a climate that gives you more opportunities to live every day as fully as possible” and “the friendliness of California and its people” as key reasons for his desire to live in L.A.
Mr. Numan and his wife became U.S. citizens last year, and Sostrin Immigration had the privilege of working with Mr. Numan on this process.  We are honored to have been a part of this brilliant musician’s career and story and look forward to listening to Intruder soon!

DHS Announces Continuation of International Entrepreneur Parole Program
May 10, 2021

DHS Withdraws Proposed Biometrics Rule
May 7, 2021

Biden will pledge to tackle immigration overhaul in address to Congress, while signaling openness to more targeted deal
April 28, 2021

Immigration Agencies Ordered Not To Use Term 'Illegal Alien' Under New Biden Policy
April 19, 2021

Biden to nominate Trump critics to lead border and immigration agencies
April 12, 2021


Sostrin Immigration Lawyers is excited to welcome Legal Assistants Grace Riggs and Jonathan Contreras to the firm!

Associate Attorney Dan Revich appeared as a guest judge for the California State University, Los Angeles, business law course mock trial on April 29, 2021.

On April 27, Partner Rita Sostrin spoke at the AILA Rome District Chapter Spring Conference on the panel, "The Impact of COVID on Practicing Immigration Law."  Rita also was the Chair for this conference.

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 May'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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