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Monday, March 5, 2018

​Attorney Rita Sostrin Quoted in The New York Times


Attorney Rita Sostrin was quoted in a March 4, 2018 article in The New York Times entitled, “Did Melania Trump Merit an ‘Einstein Visa’? Probably, Immigration Lawyers Say,” which discusses First Lady Melania Trump’s receipt of a visa reserved for “individuals with extraordinary ability” in 2001, when she was a model.  Reporter Miriam Jordan raises questions about whether Mrs. Trump was truly qualified.
 
“Recipients are supposed to be the best of the best,” said Rita Sostrin, a Los Angeles-based lawyer who has written extensively about EB-1s, “but meeting the criteria is no guarantee. An adjudication officer makes a judgment call.”
 
The New York Times’ article continues:
 
“Once those [three out of ten criteria] are met, the decision comes down to a vague and undefined “final merits determination” by the immigration agency.
 
“That is the mystery; nobody knows what it is,” said Ms. Sostrin, the lawyer in Los Angeles, who recently secured EB-1s for an award-winning stunt performer and a high-end events planner.
 
What is clear is that extraordinary intelligence is not necessary — nor sufficient on its own — to get one. Indeed, even Albert Einstein might have not qualified for an EB-1 before winning the Nobel Prize.
 
A few years ago, Ms. Sostrin distributed a résumé to immigration lawyers at a conference without revealing that it was Einstein’s, or at least one devised from his career accomplishments. Ms. Sostrin asked them to assess the likelihood that he would be approved for an extraordinary ability visa.
 
“Ms. Sostrin predicted that individuals competing for a visa in the regular “skilled” category, for people with a bachelor’s degree, will have less than a 20% chance of being selected in a lottery. Those with advanced degrees will have less than a 50% chance, she said.””
 
You can read the entire article here on The New York Times

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