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December 2021 Newsletter

The U.S. Now Requires Air Travelers to Require Proof of Negative Covid-19 Test Results Within One Day of Travel

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.
As 2021 comes to a close, we wish everyone a wonderful holiday season. 2021 has been a bounce back year in immigration policy and we are looking forward to a fresh and exciting start to 2022!
In immigration news, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) conducted a third H-1B lottery in order to reach the fiscal year 2022 numerical allocations. The selections were made on November 19, 2021, and the petition filing period for selected registrations began on November 22, 2021, and will close on February 23, 2022. Congratulations to those selected! The fiscal year 2023 H-1B lottery, likely to be conducted in March 2022, is fast approaching. Please contact our firm if you have any candidates who may require H-1B visa sponsorship.
The United States announced travel restrictions for non-U.S. citizens from South Africa and seven other southern African nations in an effort to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 omicron variant initially detected in these areas. President Biden stated that while the degree of the omicron variant’s spread will determine which actions are necessary in the future, he doesn’t anticipate any further travel restrictions or lockdowns at this point. However, all travelers arriving into the U.S. must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test dated within one day of departure.
Finally, the social spending bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last month included the most extensive immigration reform package reviewed by Congress in 35 years.  One of the provisions would allow for a process known as parole. This would permit individuals who have been in the U.S. since 2011 and who do not have nonimmigrant status to remain in the country for five years with work authorization, with the option for an additional five-year extension. The historic measure, if passed by the Senate and then signed by President Biden, would directly benefit approximately 6.5 million people.
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: Edu Grau

“I have the best job in the world,” says Sostrin client Edu Grau, a renowned cinematographer.  He explains, “You meet amazing people, and you create images and movies that get seen everywhere.”
With a list of prestigious cinematography credits, including A Single Man, Suffragette, The Gift, Boy Erased, The Way Back, and Buried, it is no surprise that Mr. Grau’s movies are seen everywhere.  Throughout his career, he has filmed some of the most recognizable actors in the world, including Meryl Streep, Charlize Theron, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter, David Oyelowo, and Carey Mulligan.
Mr. Grau’s career began in his native Spain.  Following his graduation from Cinema and Audiovisual School of Catalonia (ESCAC) in Barcelona and the National Film and Television School (NFTS) in London, he filmed his first feature as director of photography at age 23. His debut film, Honor de Cavalleria, was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006. In 2008, Mr. Grau got his big break when he was chosen by Tom Ford to shoot A Single Man, the 1960s period drama. The Oscar-nominated film put Mr. Grau on the map, launching him into the international success he enjoys today.
In the fifteen years since he got his start, Mr. Grau’s career has been anything but boring, and today he boasts a diverse resume of projects spanning throughout the film, television, music, and advertising industries.  In 2011, he received the Bronze Frog at the Camerimage film festival for his work on Buried, an innovative 95-minute film entirely set in a coffin.  That same year, he filmed Lady Gaga’s massively successful Born This Way music video, which has since reached more than 287 million views on YouTube.
When asked what brought him to the United States, Mr. Grau shares: “Here the industry is amazing and the best in the world. You cannot do better if you want to make good films.”
The past few years have been busy for Mr. Grau, with the release of several award-winning films including The Way Back starring Ben Affleck and Boy Erased starring Nicole Kidman. Additionally, 2021 marked his induction into the American Cinematographers Society (ASC), making Mr. Grau one of the acclaimed organization’s youngest members.
Sostrin Immigration Lawyers is honored to have worked with Mr. Grau on an O-1 visa and the permanent residence process.  Mr. Grau’s latest film Passing is directed by Rebecca Hall and stars Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga. It is available to stream on Netflix.

U.S. To Require Air Travelers to Require Proof of Negative Covid-19 Test Results Within One Day of Travel
December 3, 2021

President Biden says he doesn't expect any further travel restrictions in response to Covid-19 omicron variant
November 29, 2021 

U.S. restricts travel from South Africa and seven other countries as new Covid-19 omicron variant emerges
November 26, 2021

USCIS conducts third random H-1B lottery

November 19, 2021

Historic immigration reform included in House passed spending bill
November 19, 2021 

Attorney Rita Sostrin co-chaired the 4th Biennial Physician Immigration Law Institute, which took place on December 5 and 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. At the conference, Rita served as the Discussion Leader on the “Doc Extraordinaire” panel discussing physicians of extraordinary ability.

Attorney Alex Dgebuadze spoke at the 4th Biennial Physician Immigration Law Institute, taking part in the “When the Government is Telling You No!” panel, where he addressed complex H-1B issues.  

Alex Dgebuadze also co-authored an article focused on cap exemptions, AC21 extensions and “extenuating” circumstances. 

Rita Sostrin published the article "Tackling O-1, EB-1 & NIW RFEs/NOIDs: Making the Law Your Friend, Not Your Frenemy."
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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