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 & CitizenshipTonkon 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 & ComplianceWe 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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
USCIS Further Limits H-1B Premium Processing
On August 28, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will extend its current suspension of Premium Processing for cap subject H-1B petitions. Effective September 11, 2018, USCIS is also expanding the Premium…
USCIS Announces FY2019 H-1B Cap Reached
On April 6, 2018, USCIS announced that the H-1B cap for FY2019 was reached within the five business day filing window running from April 2-6, 2018. This includes both the U.S. advanced degree cap preference limit of 20,000 visas and the regular cap…
USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing of H-1B Cap Petitions Filed April 2-6, 2018
Yesterday, USCIS announced it will suspend Premium Processing of all H-1B cap-subject petitions received by USCIS April 2-6, 2018. The suspension is expected to last until September 10, 2018. At present, all other H-1B petition filings not subject…
New (Cap) H-1B Filings - April 2-6 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 2, 2018. The anticipated window for filing new H-1B petitions under the USCIS H-1B quota for FY2019 is April 2 through…