We often help TN visa holders to go from their nonimmigrant TN visa to US permanent residence (Green card). This can be done in several ways one of the most common is through marriage to a US citizen. We have helped many Canadian and Mexican citizens go from a TN visa to a green card through marriage to a US citizen. Find out about going from a TN visa to a green card through marriage to a US Citizen.
What is the TN Visa?
The TN visa is reserved for Canadian and Mexican citizens working in the US under certain designated professions. TN visa status is a nonimmigrant visa status. A nonimmigrant visa is for purposes of temporary travel or work in the United States. If you are on a TN visa you must make sure you carefully transition to a green card without violating your nonimmigrant intent. If done properly, you are able to go from a TN visa to a green card through marriage to a US Citizen.
How do I go from a TN visa to a green card through marriage?
If you are on a TN visa and married to a US Citizen, you can go directly to a green card by filing USCIS Form I-130 Petition for Foreign Relative along with USCIS Form I485 Adjustment of Status. This can be done concurrently as long as certain conditions are met.
Can I travel while my adjustment of status application is pending?
If you file for a green card through marriage to a US citizen while on a TN visa, you are not able to travel during the adjustment process until you have been approved for travel authorization. Traveling without advanced permission can result in abandonment and denial of your application.
How long does it take to go from a TN visa to a green card?
The length of time it takes to get a green card while on a TN visa depends on processing times. In general, this process can take anywhere from 6 months to 24 months. This case in particular took just 8 months to process.
Green Cards for SpousesCan a TN Visa lead to a green card?
Additional Outside Resources
- USCIS: Green Card for a Spouse of a USC
- USCIS: Form I-130 Petition for Foreign Spouse
- USCIS: Form I-485 Adjustment of Status
We Can Help!
The immigration lawyers at Richards and Jurusik Immigration Law have more than 20 years of experience helping people obtain green cards while on TN visa status inside the United States. Contact us today for an assessment of your legal situation.