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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
Chambers USA Names 20 Tonkon Torp Attorneys in 2020 Ranking
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business has recognized 20 Tonkon Torp attorneys in seven practice areas in its 2020 USA Guide. Eighteen of the Tonkon Torp attorneys named have been previously ranked by Chambers.
Melina LaMorticella and Melany Savitt Review 2020 H-1B Season for AILA Oregon
Tonkon Torp partners Melina LaMorticella and Melany Savitt led a CLE program for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Oregon chapter on the 2020 H-1B lottery season. The attorneys reviewed the competitive H-1B program from both the…