Basic Documents Requirements for Canadian and Mexican TNs
Additional visa requirements for citizens of Mexico
In addition to the Basic documents requirements for Canadian and Mexican TNs listed above, the following must be presented to the U.S. Consulate to apply for a TN visa:
Admission to U.S. in TN status
Canadian and Mexican citizens apply for admission to the U.S. in TN status at a U.S. Class A port-of-entry, a U.S. airport handling international traffic or a pre-clearance/pre flight station.
A Canadian citizen makes application for TN status directly with an immigration officer at the time he or she actually wants to enter the United States. Canadian citizens must present documentary evidence of their eligibility for TN classification; (Basic documents requirements for Canadian and Mexican TNs noted above) and pay the application fee in U.S. dollars.
A Mexican citizen and dependent(s) is required to obtain a TN visa prior to entering the U.S. in TN status. Mexican citizens present their passport with TN visa and documentation establishing eligibility for TN classification; (Basic documents requirements for Canadian and Mexican TNs noted above). Mexican applicants who have already paid the processing fees to the U.S. Consulate are not required to pay the application fee at the time of entry.
Mexican citizens, as aliens being admitted on the basis of a nonimmigrant visa, are also required to have their photograph taken and fingerprints scanned under the US-VISIT program.
Canadian and Mexican citizens receive an I-94 Arrival/Departure form with classification in the TN category (TN-1 for Canadians; TN-2 for Mexicans); with the arrival date and port-of-entry information. The form will also note an expiration date of up to three years and “multiple entry”.
Procedure to file for an Extension of stay in TN status for Canadian and Mexican citizens
The documentation required for an extension of TN status is the same as what was required for the initial application. TNs can apply at a U.S. Class A port-of-entry, a U.S. airport handling international traffic or a pre-clearance/pre flight station or by filing for an extension of stay with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the U.S.
To process an application with USCIS file:
Change of status to TN
Individuals presently in the U.S. in another visa status wishing to change status to TN may file an application with USCIS without travelling outside the U.S.
To file a change of status at the Vermont Service Center, the following documentation is required:
Procedure to add additional employers
TN workers may change employers or work for several employers, but because the TN is employer and employment-specific, multiple TN applications are required. Follow the same guidelines for an extension of TN status but mark the I-94 for “new employment”, “concurrent employment”, or “change in previously approved employment”, as appropriate.