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January 2021 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.
Happy new year from the Sostrin Immigration team! We hope that everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday season! We are looking forward to not only a fresh start in 2021, but also the beginning of a new chapter for U.S. immigration law.

Over the past four years, the Trump administration has made more than 400 changes to the immigration system, many through non-legislative methods including executive orders, presidential proclamations, regulatory changes, policy memoranda and unwritten processing changes.  These changes have made the practice of immigration law very challenging and have caused much disruption to American businesses as they try to attract the best and brightest talent. 

Fortunately, President-elect Joe Biden and his team have
pledged to prioritize immigration and rescind the restrictive public charge rule, improve the naturalization process for permanent residents, and reform the H-1B visa program, among other policy changes.  We anticipate that the incoming administration will face hurdles, including legal challenges and a lengthy regulatory process to make rule changes but are hopeful that things will improve as 2021 progresses. Throughout this transitional period, we at Sostrin Immigration will continue to closely observe the outgoing and incoming administrations’ policies  and how both may impact our clients and the future of immigration to the United States.

Regardless of these practice considerations, Sostrin Immigration remains dedicated to assisting our 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.  

We wish everyone a safe, healthy, and wonderful new year!

Sostrin Client Spotlight: Nils-Petter Lövgren

As a child, Sostrin Immigration client Nils-Petter Lövgren always looked forward to going to the movie theater – not just for the movies, but also for the advertisements before them.

Until the early 1990s, he explains, there were only a couple television channels in his native Sweden. “Except for magazines and the newspaper,” he remembers, “the only place you really got to see ads was in the cinemas.”

Mr. Lövgren continues, “Advertising was actually a bit of a treat for us back then. You'd make it early to the movies to get to see the latest ads.”

Today, advertisements are everywhere, from billboards to social media to within movies themselves. But now Mr. Lövgren doesn’t just enjoy commercials, he creates them.  Throughout his two decades as a Creative Director, he’s worked on some of the world’s most popular advertisements, including the iconic and award-winning Cadbury “Eyebrows” commercial that took the marketing world by storm in 2009.

Viewing ads in movie theaters might have sparked his interest in advertising, but the creative personalities in the industry cemented Mr. Lövgren’s pursuit of his advertising career. Now, his work has appeared all over the world, from Japan to Romania and, of course, the United States, where he now lives with his wife, Yen Ho—a fellow Sostrin Immigration client and O-1 visa holder.

“I've always enjoyed America as a country and felt very at home here,” he says, adding that the United States not only has an enormous advertising industry, but is also home to some of the world’s best agencies and advertising minds. “If you want to work with the best in advertising, you will find many of them here. Again, it's the people that interest me.”

Since moving to Los Angeles, Mr. Lövgren continues to work on campaigns for some of the world’s most recognizable names, such as Nike, Samsung, and Google, and remains a highly sought-after creative director, especially due to his expertise in working across multiple languages and cultures.

Advertising, like many other industries, has changed drastically during the past year. Many projects were canceled or placed on hold at the beginning of the pandemic, including influential marketing events such as the 2020 Summer Olympics. Although some productions have begun again, there have been some significant changes: more people are working from home and many productions have decreased the number of staff on-set.

“Everything takes more time to ensure people's safety, so you can't get as much done in a day as you might be used to,” Mr. Lövgren admits. “But in the greater context of things, it's a small price to pay to keep people safe.”

Still, he says, “I miss going to cafés and places where I can meet or just watch people. Real-life is always the best inspiration. This has been substituted with walks and drives now instead.”

Sostrin Immigration has had the honor of representing Nils-Petter Lövgren since 2014 and recently helped him obtain his third O-1 visa. We are proud to work with this extraordinary creative director and can’t wait to see where his work will take him next!

To keep up with Nils-Petter Lövgren, check out his website.


Trump extends work visa ban through March, citing labor market woes
January 1, 2021 

Trump leaves mark on immigration policy, some of it lasting
December 30, 2020

Expansion of Interview Waiver Eligibility
December 29, 2020

U.S. Immigration Reform To Be A Biden Priority
December 23, 2020

More Than 40 Women Are Now Speaking Out About Alleged Medical Misconduct In ICE Detention
December 22, 2020

Biden's Team Warned That He Won't Be Able To Change All Of Trump's Immigration Policies Overnight
December 22, 2020

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests
December 18, 2020

Supreme Court: Challenge to Trump plan to exclude undocumented immigrants from census is premature
December 18, 2020

Tony Pham, interim director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to step down
December 14, 2020

A Trump Immigration Policy Is Leaving Families Hungry 
December 4, 2020

Trump administration must accept new DACA applications, judge orders
December 4, 2020
Everyone has different ways of celebrating the holidays, whether it's a specific Christmas tradition or a unique way to ring in the new year! Here are some of the different ways we celebrate:

Rita Sostrin, Partner: New Year's Eve is my favorite holiday; to celebrate I make a Russian Olivier salad.

Diane Anderson-Kwan, Office Administrator: For New Year's, we go outside at midnight to dance and bang pots and pans!

Wendy Vork, Senior Case Manager: Growing up, my favorite holiday tradition was getting the Christmas tree, with hot chocolate afterwards to thaw out.

Jeremy Curtis, Senior Case Manager: On Christmas, we have Skyline Chili spaghetti and chili dogs. 

Tommy Grant, Case Manager: My favorite tradition used to be visiting temples with family to hope for health and happiness on New Year’s day!

Kay Raya-Morales, Case Manager: We run with luggage in the street for travel in the coming year; we also eat 12 grapes and make 12 wishes. 

Eunice Song, Legal Assistant: It's Korean tradition to visit family, eat rice cake and dumpling soup, and play traditional Korean games.

Cindy Chang, Legal Assistant: When I was younger, my family used to go to a local Buddhist temple to light incense and pray for good fortune in the coming year. 
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 January'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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