TN visas

Eligibility Criteria for Changing to a TN Visa

If you meet the following conditions, you could be eligible for a seamless change from a visitor visa to a TN Visa:

  1. Canadian or Mexican Citizenship: Hold citizenship in Canada or Mexico.
  2. Lawful Admission as a Visitor: Entered the U.S. lawfully, either as a visa-exempt individual or on a B-1 Visitor Visa.
  3. Maintained Visa Validity: Ensure your current visa remains valid throughout the transition process.
  4. Valid Employment Offer: Obtain a legitimate employment offer from a U.S. entity under a TN Visa profession.
  5. Meet TN Profession Requirements: Fulfill the minimum requirements for the TN profession you intend to work in.

Navigating the Process

Once eligibility is confirmed, follow these steps for a smooth transition:

  1. Prepare Required Documents: Gather essential documents, including proof of citizenship, visa admission details, current visa validity evidence, and the employment offer under TN Visa.
  2. Submit Form I-129: File Form I-129 with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), along with supporting documents.
  3. Attend Biometrics Appointment: Fulfill any biometrics requirements as part of the application process.
  4. Wait for USCIS Decision: Patiently wait for USCIS to review your application and make a decision.
  5. Commence TN Employment: Upon approval, start your employment in the U.S. under the TN Visa.

By understanding the eligibility criteria and navigating the process diligently, converting from a visitor visa to a TN Visa can be a smooth and efficient transition.

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