Is a TN Visa better than an H-1B Visa?- Resources Blog - US Immigration FAQs - Richards and Jurusik Immigration Law - Buffalo NY

If you are a Canadian or Mexican citizen, a TN Visa is a much better alternative to the H-1B Visa in most cases. Here are five of the biggest reasons why.

1. Visa limits.

There are an unlimited number of TN visas issued each year. H-1B Visas are capped at 85,000 per year.

2. Processing time.

In some cases, a TN visa can be obtained the same day at a port of entry. H-1B Visas generally take around three (3) months to process.

3. Visa extensions.

There is no limit to the number of TN Visa extensions that you can obtain. H-1B Visas generally cannot go beyond a total of six (6) years.

4. Green Card conversion.

A TN visa holder can change status to a green card through the same process as an H-1B Visa holder.

5. Cost.

A TN Visa requires a nominal processing fee is charged at the Port of Entry, around $56 USD—much cheaper than the filing fees for an H-1B visa, which can vary from $1,575 USD up to several thousand USD.

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