Saiko Y. McIvor

Saiko Y. McIvor

Of Counsel



With 30 years of employment-based immigration practice and corporate law background, she represents business and individual clients with a variety of immigration projects, including temporary US visa applications, Permanent Resident applications, EB-5 applications, global mobility, and I-9 compliance and training, and merger and acquisition-related counseling. Saiko is a frequent lecturer and author of publications on employment-based immigration subjects.

Education & Admissions

Golden Gate University School of Law (J.D., 1984)

University of Washington (B.A., Psychology, 1976)


  • Minnesota
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of International Trade


  • Japanese (fluent), Chinese (limited capability in reading and writing), and French (conversational-level)

News & Resources


STEM OPT Site Visits
Cap-Subject H-1B Visa Petitions to be filed on April 2, 2018
Cap-Subject H-1B Visa Petitions to be filed on April 2, 2018
Supreme Court allows limited version of President Trump’s travel ban
Travel Alert
New Form I-9 for all U.S. Employers
New Immigration Rule to Welcome Start-Up Foreign Entrepreneurs
Proposed Changes to Employment-based Immigration Regulations
Obama’s Visa Modernization Initiative Allows Earlier Filing of Permanent Resident Applications
Certain Dependent Spouses of H-1B Workers Will Become Eligible for Employment Authorization Effective May 26, 2015
It Is That Time of Year Again! Only One Month Left to Prepare Cap-Subject H-1B Visa Petitions for April 1, 2014 Filing Deadline
Prepare for H-1B Season!
New Pilot Automated U.S.-Canada Entry/Exit Recording Program for Certain Ports of Entries
Get Ready for H-1B Season!
New Immigration Form Mandates Immediate Awareness of U.S. Export Control Laws
USCIS Fraud Unit Site Visits
Department of Homeland Security to Step Up Enforcement Efforts Against Employers Who Knowingly Hire Undocumented Immigrants
April 1 H-1B Filing Deadline, and Related H-1B Update
New Form I-9 Implementation Delayed; Comment Period Extended
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Extends Foreign Student Employment Authorization Period
Spring Rush for Fiscal Year 2009 H-1B is Approaching
USCIS Issues New I-9 Employment Form
"Perm or Else: Employers Face New Challenge in Labor Certification," The Hennepin Lawyer
"Introduction to Labor Certification," MSBA
"Protection of Permanent Residence: Green Card and Beyond," MSBA

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey & Whitney, Minn. Immigration Boutique Join Forces
Dorsey & Whitney expands immigration services by acquiring Webber Law Firm
54 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 and 2019 Lawyers of the Year
51 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 and 2018 Lawyers of the Year
48 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis and Fargo Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 and 2017 Lawyers of the Year
Congratulations MN Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Dorsey Of Counsel Saiko McIvor Represents Duluth Exchange Student in Immigration Case

Select Presentations

  • Hennepin County Bar Association, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of I-9 Compliance: Refresher, Hot Topics, Practice Pointers” (2013)
  • AILA Upper Midwest Regional Immigration Conference on "PERM Updates and Alternatives" (2010)
  • AILA Minnesota-Dakota Chapter on general employment-based immigration practice issues (2009)
  • Practice tips with Audit-triggering issues for 2008, AILA Upper Midwest Immigration Conference (2008)  
  • Hennepin County Bar Association on various immigration law subjects (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007)
  • MSBA authorized CLE seminar on "Cultural Diversity in Global Legal Practice" (2004)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association on various immigration law subjects (1998, 2000, 2001, 2003)
  • Minnesota Institute of Legal Education on "Immigration Law and Ethics" (1994, 2000)
  • University of Minnesota Law School, Visiting Lecturer on immigration law (1990-1997)
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP Labor/Employment and Corporate Symposium seminars on immigration law (annual/biannual basis since 1999 to the present)

Industries & Practices

Non-Profit & Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Canada
  • China
  • Emerging Companies
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Healthcare
  • Immigration
  • International Trade
  • Labor & Employment
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining
  • Non-Profit & Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Technology Commerce

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (1986-Present)
  • Chair of the Immigration Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Association (1994-1996) (two terms)
  • American Lawyers Association MN/Dakota Chapter and MSBA Immigration Law Section’s Liaison with MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (1989-90 , 2000-02 and 2008)
  • Mentor on Employment-based Immigration, American Immigration Lawyers Association (1997-Present)


  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America© (2010-2020)

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  • MSBA North Star Lawyer (2014-2015 and 2017-2018)
  • "Best Minnesota Lawyers" (The Minnesota Monthly, 2010)
  • Listed as a Super Lawyer (1997-2000)
  • Listed as a Leading Minnesota Women Attorney (1997-1998)
  • "Leading American Attorney" by the American Research Corporation (1997)
  • "One of the Most Prominent Japanese Professionals in the US" Asahi Newspaper (1995)
Saiko Y. McIvor