The maximum time period a TN visa can be issued per admission is three (3) years. When determining the period of admission the reviewing CBP Officer can take several factors into account. We discuss these factors and how long your TN visa will be valid here.
When you enter the US temporarily for work or pleasure you are issued an I-94 record of admission. The I-94 is issued by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and is a record of lawful inspection and admission to the US. It is up to you to verify the terms of your admission on the I-94 and maintain your legal status in the US. We discuss the importance of CBP Form I-94 and your expiration date here.
April 29, 2022 – CBP Update – Travelers to the US at a land border should apply for an I-94 in Advance – US Customs and Border Protection (CBP is asking that travelers to the United States that required a Form I-94 apply for and complete it prior to seeking admission. The goal is to reduce wait times at land borders during the peak summer travel months. Find out if you need Form I-94 and how to complete one.
When entering the United States it is important that your entry is properly recorded by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). If your entry was recorded improperly, you should get it corrected as soon as possible. This can be done through one of the many deferred inspection sites in the United States. Here’s how it works.
CBP Form I-94 is required if you are filing for an immigration benefit with USCIS, such as a visa extension, a visa renewal, a change of status, or an adjustment of status. Find out more about what it is, why you need it, and where to find it.
If you are working in the United States on a nonimmigrant visa, your employer will ask for your Social Security number (SSN) along with proof of your legal authorization to work in the United States. In general, only those authorized to work in the United States by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can obtain an SSN. But if your visa has expired, you’ve changed employers, or you have a new visa, what happens to your SSN?
Employees must provide documentation to their employers to show their identity and authorization to work, which is achieved using USCIS Form I-9. Here’s some more info about Form I-9, how to complete it in compliance, and how employers must handle the process as well.
The I-94 serves as proof of your lawful admission under a TN Visa, and also indicates the duration of your TN Visa. But what else do you need to know about it?
Depending on the circumstances, a TN Visa holder that loses their employment or fails to renew before it expires might be eligible for a grace period allowing them to remain in the US while they take action to preserve their legal status. But there are a LOT of rules to consider, and breaking the rules could mean “unlawful presence.” Find out how to avoid that worst-case scenario.
Mexican citizens have a couple of options to handle a TN Visa status change of employer at the border.