Gretel’s practice focuses on employment immigration including temporary worker visas and skilled worker visas, family immigration, and citizenship issues. She also assists clients in pro-active immigration planning for future sponsorship of other family members and for employer compliance with employment verification rules. She serves as immigration counsel for leading Oregon and SW Washington based companies including Qorvo, Lattice Semiconductor, Wacom Technology Corp., Pointwest Technologies, the University of Portland, and Legacy Health.
As a former INS Asylum Officer, she has enforced U.S. immigration laws, gaining direct insight into the complexity of those laws and how to apply them to benefit her clients. In addition to her background in immigration law, Gretel has the unique advantage of knowing firsthand what it is like to be an immigrant in a new country, having emigrated from the Philippines in 1985. Gretel is glad to utilize her unique background to help immigrants establish new lives in America.
She is a past chair of the Oregon Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), a past member of AILA National’s Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee and Texas Service Center Liaison Committee, and past Vice-Chair of the California Service Center Committee. In her leisure time, Gretel volunteers at various cultural and community based organizations and is a frequent speaker on immigration issues.