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

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…
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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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H-1B Lottery Updates for Fiscal Year 2022

On February 5, 2021 the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced H-1B Cap Registrations for the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY 2022) lottery will be accepted from March 9, 2021 (noon Eastern) through March 25, 2021 (noon Eastern). USCIS…
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Biden Administration Executive Orders Impact International Travel

The Biden Administration issued a Proclamation on January 25, 2021 reinstating the COVID-related travel bans put in place and slated to be lifted on January 26, 2021 by the Trump Administration.
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DOL Publishes Final Rule Impacting Prevailing Wages

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule to incorporate changes to the computation of prevailing wage levels for H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 temporary classifications, as well as for certain permanent residence cases requiring labor…
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Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery Documentation Required of All U.S. Inbound Air Travelers

The CDC has issued an Order effective January 26, 2021 impacting all U.S inbound air travelers two years of age or older, including U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. The Order applies to all flights, including commercial, private, and…
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New Regulation Creates Wage-Based Selection Process for H-1B Lottery

On January 8, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security published a new regulation that will change the annual H-1B cap selection process from random selection to wage-based selection. In short, USCIS will rank and select H-1B cap registrations that…
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Trump Extends Suspension of Entry for Certain Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Until March 31, 2021

On December 31, 2020, the Trump Administration extended the proclamations suspending entry of foreign nationals outside the United States seeking certain nonimmigrant (temporary) work visas and immigrant visas (green cards) until March 31, 2021.
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October 2020 DOL and DHS Interim Final Rules Set Aside

On December 1, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California set aside the Interim Final Rules issued in October 2020 by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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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…
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Immigration Under the Biden Administration, plus H-1B Cap

This program will be submitted for HRCI, SHRM, & CLE accreditation. Join our Business Immigration Practice Group on Thursday, February 11, for a presentation with up-to-the-minute news on immigration changes from the Biden Administration, as well as…
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Encore Presentation: Annual Business Immigration Review

Join our Business Immigration Practice Group on Thursday, December 10, as we hold an encore presentation of our annual round-up of 2020 immigration updates. We will discuss the impact of the presidential election, USCIS changes, the impacts of COVID…
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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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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
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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.
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Immigration Attorneys Brief Employers on Immigration Under Biden and H-1B Cap Season

On February 11, Business Immigration partners Alan Perkins and Melany Savitt hosted a webinar to help employers prepare for the upcoming H-1B Cap season, and to preview early changes to immigration made by the Biden administration.
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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…
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Business Immigration Attorneys Host Year-End Employer Briefing

On November 12, Tonkon Torp Business Immigration lawyers Alan Perkins, Turid Owren, Melina LaMorticella, and Melany Savitt hosted their Annual Immigration Update for employers. The briefing covered changes in and challenges for business immigration…
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U.S. News "Best Law Firms" Publication Ranks 37 Tonkon Torp Practice Areas for 2021

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® has released its 2021 edition of "Best Law Firms." Tonkon Torp is once again ranked among the nation's best for five business law categories and is top-ranked in the metropolitan Portland market in 37 practice areas.
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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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Alan  Perkins
Practice Area Chair

Alan Perkins

Partner