Turid Owren

Turid Owren





Services & Industries


J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School
Editor in Chief, Environmental Law

B.A., Reed College

Bar & Court Admissions

Oregon State Bar

Turid has practiced immigration law since 1988. She founded the firm’s Immigration Practice Group in 1999 and served as its chair for more than 18 years. Turid advises clients on employment-related immigration and other immigration matters. Her diverse client base includes both startups and international companies, as well as individuals.

Turid currently serves as Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Business Immigration Response Team, which issues practice advisories on current topics to attorneys nationally. She previously served as a member of the USCIS HQ Benefits Committee, and as AILA’s liaison to the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office for eight years. She is a past member of AILA’s Service Center Operations Committee, a past member of AILA’s Ombudsman Liaison Committee, a past Chair of AILA’s USCIS Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee, and a past Chair of the Oregon Chapter of AILA. She is a speaker at AILA conferences both regionally and nationally. Turid has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers and Partners USA, and Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration for her achievements in immigration law.

Turid has been active in the local bar throughout her career. She served as a mentor for young lawyers through the Multnomah Bar Association Mentor Program, a program she helped launch in 1993. Turid is a past member of the Executive Committee of the International Law Section of the Oregon State Bar, a past Chair of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee, and a past President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Multnomah Bar Association.

In the community, Turid currently serves on the Board of Directors of Portland Center Stage @ The Armory. Previously, she served on the Board of Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest, and before that as the Director of Mentors for Minds Matter of Portland, Inc. Turid also served as legal advisor for more than 10 years to Friendly House, a neighborhood social services agency for senior citizens and families in transition.

Turid is married to E. Walter Van Valkenburg and is the mother of two children. Her interests include education, reading, writing, traveling internationally, and walking.

Turid is fascinated by people and cultures and loves to travel and visit the countries from which her clients emigrate. She attributes her affinity for people to her parents, who immigrated to the U.S. from Norway and encouraged her to be inquisitive of other cultures.

Community Involvement & Activities

American Immigration Lawyers Association
2018-Present, Chair, AILA Business Immigration Response Team
2004-Present, liaison on various AILA committees
1991-Present, Member

AILA Oregon Chapter
1991-Present, Member
2001-2002, Chapter Chair

Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest
2012-2018, Member, Board of Directors

Marathon Partners
2007-Present, Partner

Portland Center Stage @ The Armory
2018-Present, Member, Board of Directors

Reed College Women’s Committee
1990-Present, Member
1991-1992, Chair

Women Presidents’ Organization
2009-2012, Member, Board of Directors

Minds Matter of Portland, Inc.
2006-2010, Director of Mentors

Chapman Elementary School Site Council
2000-2002 and 2003-2005, Parent Member

Professional Memberships

American Immigration Lawyers Association
Multnomah Bar Association
Oregon State Bar

The Best Lawyers in America

2005-2022, Immigration Law

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Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers

2010-2022, Immigration

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Super Lawyers

2006-2012, Oregon Super Lawyer – Immigration

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Who's Who Legal

2015-2021, Corporate Immigration

American Immigration Lawyers Association

2007 – Presidential Award for Outstanding Leadership in Liaison

American Immigration Lawyers Association, Oregon Chapter

2011 – Gerald H. Robinson Excellence in Advocacy Award

Chambers USA 2022 Ranks 28 Tonkon Torp Attorneys

Chambers USA has recognized 28 Tonkon Torp attorneys in eight practice areas in its Chambers USA 2022 Guide.

Business Immigration Attorneys Host Year-End Employer Briefing

On November 17, Tonkon Torp business immigration lawyers Alan Perkins, Turid Owren, Melina LaMorticella, and Melany Savitt hosted their Annual Immigration Update for employers.

Best Lawyers in America® Includes 53 Tonkon Torp Attorneys on 2022 List

Fifty-three Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 39 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022

Chambers USA 2021 Ranks 23 Tonkon Torp Attorneys

Chambers USA has recognized 23 Tonkon Torp attorneys in seven practice areas in its Chambers USA 2021 guide.

Business Immigration Attorneys Hold Encore of Popular Year-End Employer Briefing

On December 10, Tonkon Torp Business Immigration lawyers Alan Perkins, Turid Owren, Melina LaMorticella, and Melany Savitt hosted an encore presentation of their Annual Immigration Update for employers to review changes and challenges in business immigration during 2020, with a post-election look ahead to 2021.

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FY2023 H-1B Cap Registration – What You Need to Know

By Melina LaMorticella, Turid Owren, Alan Perkins, and Melany Savitt – Registrations for the FY2023 H-1B quota must be submitted electronically to USCIS in March 2022. USCIS will designate a registration period shortly, which should be a minimum two week window. USCIS will charge a $10 fee per registration.

Biden Administration Lifts COVID-19 Travel Bans, Adds Vaccine Requirement

This week the Biden Administration issued a new Presidential Proclamation that will take effect on November 8, 2021, ending the U.S. COVID-19 travel restrictions that applied to most foreign national nonimmigrants traveling from Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. 

2023 DV Lottery Registration Open Oct. 6 to Nov. 9

Online registration for the 2023 DV Lottery (DV2023) opened Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and closes Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5).

USCIS Suspends Biometrics Collection for I-539 Applications for H-4, L-2, E Nonimmigrants

On May 3, 2021, as a result of litigation challenging processing delays, USCIS agreed that it will issue a policy to temporarily suspend biometrics requirements for I-539 applicants requesting an extension of stay or change of status for H-4, L-2, and E classifications.

Travel from India to the U.S. Restricted Starting May 4

The Biden Administration issued a Proclamation on April 30, 2021, adding India to the list of COVID-related travel bans.

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Publications & Presentations

“What You Need to Know About FY2023 H-1B Cap Registration,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, January 2022

“Annual Immigration Update,” November 2021

“U.S. Employment Options Post-Graduation for International Students,” Reed College, February 2020

“H-1B Cap Season 2020,” February 2020

“Worksite Enforcement Business Immigration Briefing,” September 2019

“Business Immigration Review and 2019 Forecast Briefing,” December 2018

“Practice Pointer: Overcoming H-1B Computer Programmer RFEs (Lessons Learned from 2017),” American Immigration Lawyers Association, June 2018