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.
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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