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November 2021 Newsletter
U.S. Lifting Country-Based Air Travel Restriction On November 8, 2021


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 you had a fun and spooky month of October and are enjoying the Fall season!
In immigration news, the Biden Administration has implemented a new international air travel system that will require adult, non-citizen, non-immigrant air travelers to the United States to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Travelers will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated to be admitted to the United States. All fully vaccinated air travelers, including U.S. citizens, will continue to be required to show documentation of a pre-departure negative viral test from a sample taken within three days of travel before boarding a plane to the U.S. 
Per the Presidential Proclamation, unvaccinated U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents will now need to show documentation of a negative COVID test from a sample taken within one day of travel to the United States. This new requirement also applies to certain unvaccinated foreign nationals entering the United States as nonimmigrants who qualify for one of the limited exceptions to the vaccination requirement identified in the proclamation, and who agree to obtain vaccination within 60 days upon entering the U.S., or as medically appropriate.
The updated policy will go into effect on November 8, 2021, and will also lift the travel bans currently in place on visitors from 33 countries.  Although this change may open up more travel to the United States, many U.S. consulates remain closed or backlogged for visa processing and expedited or emergency visa appointments may still be required to obtain visa interviews at those consulates.
Specific requirements to show proof of being fully vaccinated and the list of acceptable vaccinations are documented in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s technical instructions.  For additional information about the implementation of the vaccination requirements, please see the Department of State’s Frequently Asked Questions.
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: Stuart Crichton

Not everyone can say that they’ve worked on four Grammy-nominated projects over a thirty-three-year career as a songwriter, producer, and audio mixer—but Stuart Crichton isn’t just anyone.  His credits include songs and remixes for a range of chart-topping artists, including Tiësto, the “Godfather of EDM” (Electronic Dance Music); “Princess of Pop” Kylie Minogue; and the highest selling boyband in music history, the Backstreet Boys.

Mr. Crichton comes from a musical family in his native Scotland.  He began playing the cello when he was 7 years old, and spent his school years in various orchestras, before joining local pop bands.

“I put my first self-released record out in 1989,” he notes, after starting to create electronic music in 1987.  As an artist, Mr. Crichton released music under various names, including as a member of the electronic dance duo Narcotic Thrust, which won an International Dance Music Award for their song “I Like It.”

Mr. Crichton began writing and producing songs in the 1990s for multi-platinum selling artists such as the Pet Shop Boys and the Sugababes.

In 2015, Mr. Crichton and his family moved to the United States.  He explains, “We were living in Australia, and I decided that I had to have one big push to have some major success, so we decided to uproot ourselves and come to LA.”

Since his move, Mr. Crichton has achieved several major successes, writing and producing songs for some of the most recognizable names in pop music like Selena Gomez, Louis Tomlinson, Delta Goodrem, Stan Walker, Gin Wigmore, and DNCE.

Chief among his recent musical achievements, Mr. Crichton was involved in bringing back the Backstreet Boys, writing and producing songs on their 2019 album DNA, including the group’s lead hit single, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”  The song received a Grammy Award nomination, making it the band’s first nomination since 2002, while the album became the group’s first number one release since 2000.  For this feat, Mr. Crichton was featured in Rolling Stone and Billboard, two of the most influential music magazines in the United States.

Mr. Crichton also received Grammy Award nominations for his brilliant musicmaking with such acclaimed artists as Kygo, Toni Braxton, and Kesha.

Sostrin Immigration Lawyers has had the honor of assisting Mr. Crichton with an O-1 visa and, most recently, obtaining permanent residence.  We are proud to work with this exceptional songwriter and can’t wait to see where his work will take him next!

U.S. rescinds Trump-era rules that limited processing of asylum-seekers at border crossings
November 3, 2021

Immigrant detainees who were denied minimum wage awarded millions in back pay by jury
October 30, 2021

Biden looks to spend $100B on immigration as House explores legalization pathways
October 28, 2021

U.S. Lifts Country-Based Travel Restrictions, Effective November 8, 2021
October 26, 2021 

The U.S. will reopen its land borders for fully vaccinated travelers.
October 14, 2021 

Sostrin Immigration Lawyers has been recognized by the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in its “Best Law Firms” rankings as a Tier 1 Immigration Law Firm in the Los Angeles area for 2022.

Sostrin Immigration Lawyers is excited to welcome Legal Assistant Mustafa Barraj to the firm!

Attorneys Rita Sostrin and Alex Dgebuadze both have articles in the book Immigration Options for Academics and Researchers, 3rd Ed. Ms. Sostrin also served as an Editor on the book, which was published October 31, 2021.

Rita Sostrin is speaking for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences on November 4, 2021, 

Alex Dgebuadze will speak at the 34th Annual AILA California Chapters Conference and Webcast, which will take place on November 18 and 19, 2021.
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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