The TN visa can be an excellent option for nationals of Canada or Mexico who want to work in the United States. To qualify, the applicant must have an offer of employment from a U.S. employer to work in a listed profession, and the applicant must be qualified to work in that profession.
When applying for a TN visa, you must show that your entry to the U.S. will be temporary. Temporary entry means that you don’t have intent to establish permanent residence in the U.S. and your stay has a reasonable and finite end. This is because the TN visa is a non-immigrant visa and is not a dual intent visa (like for example H1b or L visa).
To show that your entry will be temporary, you will have to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the officer that your work assignment in the United States will end at a predictable time and that you will depart upon completion of the assignment.
Generally, if you are applying for the TN visa for the first or second time and you have not lived in the U.S. for substantial period of time prior to that, the officer generally does not want to see documents showing ties to your home country.
On the other hand, if you have been living in the U.S. for 20 years and plan to renew your TN visa, you may want to bring additional supporting documents showing ties to your home country to the interview. This can include evidence that you own property/business in your home country or evidence that you have financial assets in your home country (bank statements, investment or retirement statements), or evidence that you have close family living in your home country.
How many times can I renew the TN visa?
There is no limit as to how many times you can renew the TN visa. At each renewal, you need to demonstrate that you meet all the TN Criteria. As mentioned above, one of the criteria is that your stay in the US is temporary and you don’t have intent to permanently reside in the U.S. This is going to be more easily shown in cases where you are renewing your TN for second or third time, than in case where you have been living in the U.S. for 20 years on TN or other non-immigrant visas, as discussed above.
Please see our blog post that discusses the difference between non-immigrant and dual intent visas when you click here.
Please see our blog post that goes over the TN Requirements here.
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