Business Immigration
Companies turn to Tonkon Torp to help in the global recruitment of the best technical, creative and executive talent. Our immigration attorneys help business clients transfer, hire and retain foreign workers for assignments in the United States and abroad.

Temporary Visas, Permanent Residence & Citizenship

Tonkon Torp’s business immigration team is intimately familiar with the full suite of immigration options for both companies and individuals. We assist with temporary visa and permanent residence (green card) applications, as well as citizenship applications. Our attorneys support clients and their employees through each step of the process, including administrative appearances and appeals where necessary.

Training & Compliance

We help companies develop efficient organizational systems that facilitate the immigration process and alleviate the burden on internal legal and human resources departments. Our Business Immigration team assists with immigration compliance programs, including Form I-9 employment eligibility verification compliance. We also provide human resources training, and defend employers against enforcement actions brought by immigration or labor authorities.

Attorneys

Paralegals

Mary  Dynowski

Mary Dynowski

Immigration Paralegal

Kristen  Erán

Kristen Erán

Immigration Paralegal

Gayle  Griffin

Gayle Griffin

Immigration Paralegal

Ellen  Previdelli

Ellen Previdelli

Case Manager Paralegal

Erika  Robles Jones

Erika Robles Jones

Immigration Paralegal

DOL Publishes Regulation Impacting Prevailing Wages

On October 8, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published an Interim Final Rule (IFR) that impacts prevailing wage programs for H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 temporary classifications, as well as for certain permanent residence cases requiring labor…
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DHS Publishes Regulation Impacting H-1B Program

On October 8, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published an Interim Final Rule (IFR) that significantly revises the "specialty occupation" H-1B legal standard, among other changes. The regulation is effective December 7, 2020, 60 days…
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Trump Proclamation Suspends Entry of Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants

On June 22, 2020, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation temporarily suspending entry into the United States of foreign nationals seeking certain nonimmigrant (temporary) work visas.
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Trump Proclamation Suspends Entry of Immigrant Visa Applicants Into U.S. for 60 Days

On April 22, 2020, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation temporarily suspending entry into the United States of certain foreign nationals outside the United States seeking immigrant visas. The Proclamation has several exceptions, and…
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The Impact of COVID-19 on Business Immigration

COVID-19 is rapidly affecting business immigration in multiple ways. Below is an outline of key impacts to date. Additional current information and details can be provided by attorneys in the Immigration and Labor and Employment practice groups.
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New Version of Form I-9 Released January 31, 2020

USCIS released a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification on January 31, 2020. Employers should begin using the new version of Form I-9 at this time. Use of the new Form I-9 becomes mandatory starting May 1, 2020.
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H-1B Cap Electronic Registration: March 1-20, 2020

USCIS has announced that it will utilize a new electronic registration process for FY2021 H-1B cap petitions. Registrations must be submitted from March 1 through March 20, 2020. USCIS will charge a $10 registration fee.
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2021 DV Lottery Registration Oct. 2 to Nov. 5

Online registration for the 2021 DV Lottery (DV2021) begins Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and will end Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5).
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New (Cap) H-1B Filings: April 1-5 Deadline

H-1B season is underway! U.S. employers can file for new H-1B visas on behalf of prospective or existing employees beginning April 1, 2019. The anticipated window for filing new H-1B petitions under the USCIS H-1B quota for FY2020 is April 1 through…
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2020 DV Lottery Registration Deadline is Nov. 6

There is still time to register for the 2020 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Lottery). Online registration for the DV Lottery began Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and will end Tuesday, November 6…
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Business Immigration Update Series – September

Join us as our Immigration Practice Group launches its new monthly webinar series covering the many changes to immigration impacting our clients and friends. Each month, we will discuss the latest changes affecting business immigration and offer…
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Immigration Breakfast Briefing

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, 7:45 AM | Tonkon Torp LLP is hosting its annual year-end briefing for employers reviewing business immigration changes in 2019
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Immigration Breakfast Briefing

In this era of heightened scrutiny, employers are facing increased worksite enforcement, new regulations, and potential penalties imposed by state laws and federal regulations. Join Tonkon Torp's Immigration attorneys for an update on worksite…
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Business Immigration Webinar Looks at the Impact of COVID-19 and Trump

On September 10, Tonkon Torp’s Immigration Practice Group launched a recurring webinar series to help businesses navigate and preview changes affecting business immigration. Attorneys Melina LaMorticella, Alan Perkins, and Melany Savitt hosted the…
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Nine Rising Tonkon Torp Attorneys Included on 2021 “Ones to Watch” List

Nine Tonkon Torp lawyers representing nine practice groups have been honored in Best Lawyers' inaugural Ones to Watch directory. Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch is a peer-review honor focused on acknowledging attorneys who have been in private practice…
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Best Lawyers in America® Includes 49 Tonkon Torp Attorneys on 2021 List

Forty-nine Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 36 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2021. A majority of attorneys have been named to the peer-review list in past years, and most have been recognized for more…
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Melina LaMorticella Joins UO Town Hall in Support of International Students

Tonkon Torp Business Immigration partner Melina LaMorticella participated in a virtual town hall hosted by University of Oregon President Michael Schill to help international students navigate this time of crisis and change.
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Chambers USA Names 20 Tonkon Torp Attorneys in 2020 Ranking

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business has recognized 20 Tonkon Torp attorneys in seven practice areas in its 2020 USA Guide. Eighteen of the Tonkon Torp attorneys named have been previously ranked by Chambers.
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COVID-19 Business Resources

Tonkon Torp is committed to protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our employees, clients, families, and community. We are continually monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on our business community and will be providing clients with relevant…
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Melina LaMorticella and Melany Savitt Review 2020 H-1B Season for AILA Oregon

Tonkon Torp partners Melina LaMorticella and Melany Savitt led a CLE program for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Oregon chapter on the 2020 H-1B lottery season. The attorneys reviewed the competitive H-1B program from both the…
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Immigration Group Speaks to International Students at Reed College

On February 11, Turid Owren, Melany Savitt, and Erika Robles Jones spoke to international students at Reed College about their options for U.S. employment after they graduate. They reviewed optional practical training, the process for obtaining an H…
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Tonkon Torp Immigration Attorneys Brief Employers on the 2020 H-1B Cap Season

On February 6, attorneys from Tonkon Torp’s Immigration Practice Group held a briefing for employers to help them prepare for the upcoming H-1B Cap season. Attorneys Melina LaMorticella, Turid Owren, Alan Perkins, and Melany Savitt led a program that…
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Tonkon Torp Announces Three New Partners

Tonkon Torp LLP has elected Claire Brown, Melina LaMorticella, and Melany Savitt to the partnership, effective January 1, 2020.
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Alan  Perkins
Practice Area Chair

Alan Perkins

Partner