TN visa to Green Card

Understanding the Nature of the TN Visa

The TN visa is granted to temporary non-immigrant workers from Canada and Mexico under the United States-Mexico Canada Agreement (USCMA). Its nature as a nonimmigrant visa means it does not provide a direct path to permanent residency in the U.S. However, TN visa holders can still explore several possibilities for obtaining a green card.

Does a TN Visa Pave the Way for a Green Card?

Holding a TN visa does not inherently qualify you for a green card, typically granted for permanent U.S. residency. The expectation for TN visa holders is to maintain a nonimmigrant intent, planning to return to their homeland post the visa tenure. Yet, there are specific circumstances under which a green card can be sought, albeit with necessary requirements and limitations.

Possible Avenues to a Green Card While on a TN Visa

Despite the temporary nature of a TN visa, there exist numerous potential routes to a green card:

  1. Employer Sponsorship: Your U.S. employer can begin the green card process for you. The process typically involves securing a labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor and filing an immigrant petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  2. Family Sponsorship: A close U.S. citizen or green card holder family member can potentially sponsor you for a green card.
  3. Self-Sponsorship: Exceptionally talented or qualified individuals can explore self-sponsorship categories like EB-1A or EB-2 National Interest Waiver.
  4. Diversity Visa Lottery: This lottery program offers individuals from low-immigration countries an opportunity to acquire a green card via a random selection process.
  5. Other Special Categories: Certain categories like asylum or refugee status, U visa for crime victims, or VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) for domestic violence victims may qualify for a green card.

Seeking Professional Advice for Green Card Acquisition

Acquiring a green card while on a TN visa can be a complex endeavor. Thus, it is highly recommended to consult an experienced immigration attorney or a qualified immigration professional to help navigate the process.

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