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.
2022 DV Lottery Registration Open Oct. 7 to Nov. 10
Online registration for the 2022 DV Lottery (DV2022) opened Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and closes Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT -5). For DV2022…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…