TN Visa Extension


There are generally two (2) options for current TN Visa holders to consider when requesting a TN Visa Extension. (1) File for a TN Visa Extension of Status with USCIS (2) Depart the United States and apply for a TN Visa Extension with CBP when returning to the United States. We discuss the options for a TN Visa Extension of Status in more detail below:

1. TN Visa Extension of Status by mail with  USCIS through Form I-129

The standard requirements for filing a TN Visa Extension of Status by mail with  USCIS through Form I-129 are:

Physical Presence

You must be physically present in the United States when you file for a TN visa extension of status with USCIS and must remain in the United States while the case is processed. Departing before the case has been adjudicated is considered abandonment and will lead to a denial.

Automatic 240 Day Extension

Expedited processing

Standard processing for a TN visa Extension with USCIS can take several months. In some situations, it makes send to file for expedited processing. Expedited processing promises a decision from USCIS within 15 calendar days. You must pay an additional premium if you choose expedited processing.


Upon approval from USCIS, you will receive an I-797 Approval notice with a new I-94 card attached. The approval will be for the time period requested from 1 day and up to 3 years. Although this extension allows Mexican citizens to continue to work in the United States, it does NOT extend their travel authorization. With the exception of qualifying trips of less than 30 days to Canada or Mexico, a Mexican citizen will need to obtain a new TN visa stamp at the U.S Consulate or Embassy.


TN Visa dependents on TD visas can jointly file for an extension of their TD Visa status with USCIS through USCIS Form I-539 Application to extend status.

2. TN Visa Extension of Status in person with CBP

You are able to obtain a TN visa extension at qualifying U.S. ports of entry and pre-flight inspection. This is done in the very same way as the initial TN visa was obtained. Things to consider when filing a TN Visa Extension with CBP:

Richards and Jurusik U.S. Immigration Lawyers have extensive experience with TN visas, including TN visa extension applications with USCIS and CBP. If you are a Canadian or Mexican citizen and need a TN Visa extension, we can help.

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