If you are currently in the United States on a TN Visa, you may be able to change your status to another visa classification. We commonly see TN Visa holders file to change their status to a visitor visa (B-1 Visa) or dependant visa (E-2, TD, H-4, L-2, etc.). Here’s how to find out if you’re eligible—and how to do it.
Am I eligible to change my TN Visa status?
Generally, you may apply to change your TN nonimmigrant status to another nonimmigrant visa status in the US, if ALL of the following conditions are meant:
- You are currently in the United States with a TN Visa
- Your TN status remains valid (you can find your expiration date on your I-94 Arrival/Departure record)
- You have not violated the conditions of your TN status
- You have not committed any crimes that would make you ineligible
What should I consider when changing status from a TN Visa?
Here are a few important things to consider if you are thinking about changing your TN Visa status:
- You cannot depart the US while the petition is pending with USCIS (if you depart prior to approval your petition will be abandoned and denied)
- If you have dependents, you must also file Form I-539A with USCIS to change their status to TD dependant status
- You may lose your authorization to work by changing your status
How do I change my status while on a TN Visa?
If you are determined to be an eligible TN Visa holder, you can change your status to another visa classification by filing Form I-539 with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Additional Outside Resources
- USCIS: Form I-539 Application to Change Status
- USCIS: TN NAFTA Professionals
- USDOS: Visas for Canadian and Mexican NAFTA Professional Workers
We Can Help!
The immigration lawyers at Richards and Jurusik Immigration Law have more than 20 years of experience helping qualified professionals obtain TN Visa status to live and work in the United States. Contact us today for a free assessment of your legal situation.