On November 17, Tonkon Torp business immigration lawyers Alan Perkins, Turid Owren, Melina LaMorticella, and Melany Savitt hosted their Annual Immigration Update for employers. The briefing focused on key changes and challenges in business immigration, which continued to be heavily impacted by COVID-19 throughout 2021.
The attorneys began the briefing discussing international travel updates, including visa applications, entry requirements including COVID-19 vaccination and testing, disruptions to visa processing at U.S. consulates/embassies abroad, and international travel due to COVID-19. The program continued with a review of updates on temporary visas for business visitors, L-1 intracompany transferees, H-1B specialty occupation workers and treaty professionals, treaty traders and investors, individuals of extraordinary ability, students, healthcare professionals, and other visa types. The attorneys shared options and processes for obtaining permanent residence including labor certification (PERM), permanent residence alternatives to PERM, I-140 immigrant petitions, pathways for healthcare professionals, immigrant visa quotas, adjustment of status applications, and naturalization. The briefing wrapped with a look at policy changes made by the Biden administration.
Tonkon Torp's Business Immigration Practice Group counsels businesses on the full suite of immigration options and compliance matters relating to employment of foreign national employees.