TN Visa Attorneys in Skokie
Representing Canadian & Mexican Citizens
Canadian and Mexican citizens are qualified to apply for a TN work visa listed in the Appendix 1603.D.1 under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
To qualify, he or she must be coming to the United States to work in a professional occupation listed in the NAFTA treaty and must meet some of the specific requirements for that profession like a degree, license, and professional experience.
If you are seeking a TN visa, it can help to have a trusted immigration attorney on your side. At Gambacorta Law, our TN visa lawyers in Skokie represent Canadian and Mexican citizens, helping them navigate the visa application process.
Requirements for a TN Visa
The prospective work must be through a work relationship with a U.S. entity or a contractual relationship with the entity. The TN visa holder may not intend to apply for a green card. Mexicans must have a visa approval from a U.S. Consulate office in Mexico while Canadians may apply for TN visas at the port of entry between the U.S. and Canada. Canadian nationals do not need to have prior petition approval by the USCIS or a Labor Certification from the Department of Labor.
To obtain a TN visa as a Canadian national, you must submit certain documents at the port of entry, including:
- Your passport or birth certificate proving that you are a Canadian citizen
- A letter from the U.S.-based employer offering you a job
- Copies of your college degrees and employment records that prove you are qualified for the job
- Proof of a license to practice your profession if one is required in the state in which you intend to work
To obtain a TN visa as a Mexican national, you must submit certain documents at the port of entry, including:
- A completed and signed Form DS-156, Non-immigrant Visa Application
- Form DS-157 if you are a male applicant between 16 and 45 years old
- A valid passport that will remain valid at least six months after your intended stay
- A 2x2 photograph (unless you are applying in Mexico)
- A letter of employment from your U.S.-based employer
Canadian and Mexican professionals can maintain NAFTA visa status indefinitely by requesting extensions based on their qualifying professional activity.
TN Applicants with Dependents
You are entitled to request TD dependent visa status for your spouse and children under the age of 21. Your dependents may attend school as long as they continue to qualify under the TD visa classification criteria. You can freely travel in and out of the U.S. provided you have a valid TN status.
Seeking a Green Card as a TN Visa Holder
If you want to seek permanent residency in the U.S., you may switch to a different type of work visa. A Canadian or Mexican citizen admitted as a NAFTA Professional TN non-immigrant may receive extensions of stay in increments of up to three years.
Can I Change My Immigration Status From TN To Another Visa Category?
Yes, it is possible to change your status from a TN visa to another visa category while you are in the United States. The process for changing visa status involves meeting the eligibility criteria of the new visa category you wish to switch to. You will need to file a petition or application for the new visa status and adhere to the rules and requirements associated with that specific visa type.
Visas that you may switch to and give you the opportunity to apply for a green card:
The change of status process may vary depending on the type of visa you want to switch to, but it typically requires submitting the appropriate forms and supporting documentation, as well as paying any associated fees. It's essential to consult with a qualified TN visa lawyer in Skokie or review the guidelines provided by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to ensure a smooth transition from TN to another visa category.
Keep in mind that while your application is pending, you should maintain your TN status to avoid any immigration complications.
You Need an Immigration Attorney on Your Side
It can be extremely difficult to petition for a visa. At Gambacorta Law, we strive to take the burden off your shoulders and simplify the process. Our TN visa lawyers in Skokie can help you navigate each step of the application process.
Get in touch with a seasoned TN visa lawyer near you in Skokie at Gambacorta Law by calling (847) 443-9303.