When it comes to TN visa representation with CBP, the most common questions that we received is,  “What does the TN visa interview entail?” For years U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) allowed TN Visa Lawyers to represent their clients at certain Ports of Entry. Our TN Visa Lawyers gained valuable insists and first hand experience about the TN visa interview process by  representing TN Visa applicants in person with CBP. This article is based on our practical first hand knowledge of the TN Visa interview process. When choosing a TN visa lawyer to represent you, choose a TN visa lawyer that has actual first hand experience representing clients in front of CBP.

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TN Visa Interview Overview

What should I expect from the TN visa Interview? It depends on the Officer. Unfortunately, each Officer is very different in their interview style. Some Officers simple take your TN visa application and review it with very limited questions. They rely on the paperwork. Other Officers will make their determination based on questioning and limited review of the TN visa application. In the end all Officers look for the same things. They are all adjudicating your TN visa application to make a determination as to whether or not you qualify for the TN visa profession that you’re applying under.

TN Visa Interview, in general: 

  1. The Officer will verify that you are either a Canadian or Mexican citizen.
  2. The Officer will verify that you have a valid job offer or contract with a U.S. employer.
  3. The Officer with verify that the job offer is for a position that falls under the USMCA (NAFTA) TN visa professions list and that your duties fall within the TN visa profession.
  4. The Officer will verify that you meet the minimum TN Visa Education Requirements.
  5. The Officer will verify that your TN visa job offer is for a temporary position and that you do not intend on permanently residing in the U.S. In other words, that you are a non-immigrant.

We will use the example as if you’re applying for a TN visa as an TN Visa Accountant:

  1. The Officer will verify your citizenship generally with your passport.
  2. The Officer will verify that you have job offer for an accounting position from a U.S. employer. The job offer must be ORIGINAL, be printed official U.S. company letterhead, and be inked signed. They will not accept copies, e-signatures, or scans.
  3. The Officer will verify that your duties are consistent with the duties of an accountant.
  4. Are the duties aligned with what an accountant does? Are you a bookkeeper? Are you a CFO? What is it that you intend on doing in the United States.
  5. Once they make that determination on what you will be doing, they review it against your original supporting documents: your original degrees, certificates, transcripts, licenses, your original signed support letter from your employer, and twill make a determination as to whether or not they will approve or deny your TN visa application.
  6. Upon approval of your TN visa, the Officer will take your photograph, take your fingerprints, and will issue what’s called an I-94 card.
  7. The I-94 card is proof of your legal status work in the United States. It will list the duration of your TN visa, your authorized TN visa profession, and the U.S. employer that you are authorized to work for.
  8. The Officer will then attached the I-94 to your passport, In some cases you will not receive a physical I-94 card. You can retrieve the I-94 electronically through the CBP website by using your passport.

Common questions asked during the TN Visa interview

Simply put, the Officer will ask whatever questions they think are relevant to determine your qualifications for a TN Visa under the USMCA (NAFTA). No interview is the same as the last. Most of the questions are going to surround whether or not you qualify for the TN Visa under the job offer you present.

  1. What you will be doing in the United States while under an accountant and computer systems analyst, computer engineer or whatever position you have applied under?
  2. Have you ever been to the United States before?
  3. Have you ever worked in the United States before?
  4. Do you have family members in the United States?
  5. What is your long term goal in the United States?
  6. Where do you plan on living in the United States?
  7. How did you find out about the position offered?
  8. And any other questions the Officer finds relevant to your specifica TN visa application.

How do you answer the TN visa interview questions?

Be truthful. Always tell the truth. Answer with Yes and No answers when appropriate. If the Officer wants more information or specifics, they will ask. At that point, you should expound on your answer. Do not dance around the questions that you are asked.There are no trick questions. Officers expect direct answers to their questions. Don’t dodge the question, give a direct answer. And again, most importantly, TELL THE TRUTH. Do not attempt to lie to or deceive an Officer. Do not lie about what you’re doing in the United States. Lying will only cause more complications for you. And it could potentially lead to you being put in immigration proceedings or permanently barred from entry into the United States.

TN Visa Interview final thoughts

The TN visa interview process is fairly straightforward. The Officer is making a determination as to whether or not you qualify for the TN visa you’re applying for. As long as you have the proper supporting documents and everything is clearly laid out clearly in your application, the TN visa interview process should go smoothly.

Hopefully this gave you an overview of what to expect in the TN visa interview process at a port of entry. Call or email if you have any additional questions about applying for a TN visa and what to expect.

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