TN visa to Green Card

The TN visa, available to nonimmigrant workers from Canada and Mexico under the United States-Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), is designed for temporary employment in the U.S. While it doesn’t directly lead to permanent residency, TN visa holders can explore various avenues to obtain a green card. We explain the options for TN Visa holders to transition to U.S. permanent residency here.

Understanding the TN Visa and Green Card Eligibility

TN visa holders are typically expected to maintain nonimmigrant intent, meaning they plan to return to their home country after their visa expires. However, transitioning to a green card, which signifies permanent U.S. residency, is possible under certain circumstances.

Paths to a Green Card for TN Visa Holders

  1. Employer Sponsorship: A U.S. employer can initiate the green card process involving labor certification and filing an immigrant petition with USCIS.
  2. Family Sponsorship: You are eligible if a close family member is a U.S. citizen or green cardholder.
  3. Self-Sponsorship: Exceptionally skilled individuals may opt for self-sponsorship via categories like EB-1A or the EB-2 National Interest Waiver.
  4. Diversity Visa Lottery: This program offers a chance to get a green card through a random selection, especially for individuals from countries with low U.S. immigration rates.
  5. Other Special Categories: Asylum, refugee status, U visas for crime victims, or VAWA for domestic violence victims are some special categories that could lead to a green card.

Seeking Professional Immigration Advice

The path from a TN visa to a green card can be intricate and challenging. Professional guidance from an experienced immigration attorney or a qualified immigration specialist is essential to navigate the complexities of this process effectively.


While the TN visa is inherently temporary, understanding the potential routes to a green card is crucial for those seeking long-term residency in the U.S. With proper guidance and adherence to immigration laws, TN visa holders can successfully transition to permanent residency.

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