IMMIGRATION: TN-1 Visa Renewals
If you already have a TN Visa, you may renew your stay for three years. In fact, there is no limit on how many three-year renewals you may obtain.
Here are the basic requirements:
- lawfully admitted into the US with a nonimmigrant visa
- visa status still valid
- no history of crimes that would make you ineligible for a visa
- no violations of the conditions of your visa
- Your passport is valid and will remain valid for the duration of their stay
*Click here to learn about the initial requirements for obtaining a TN-1 Visa.
Here are the basic procedures:
TN-1: Canadian Professionals
Application from within the US. If you are already here, you can renew without leaving the country. A renewal application is essentially treated like a new petition. You will need to submit Form I-129, along with all the documentation you previously provided the USCIS when you first obtained the TN-1. The application fee is $325 (approx.) each time you apply for renewal.
Application from Canada. Alternatively, you can avoid the application fee and wait time by leaving the US and applying for a renewal directly at the border. Be sure to go to an entry point that is set up to process TN applications. If you go this route, there is only a small filing fee ($56, approx.). You will not need an I-129 application. Rather, you may simply present a job offer letter, Canadian passport, and other supporting documentation to the interviewing officer at the border. You will simply follow the same procedures as when initially obtaining your TN-1 Visa.
TD: Dependents of TN
Generally speaking, dependents apply for renewal on Form I-539 (Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status). If you are filing for more than one dependent, then Supplement 1 must be attached to the I-539. The application fee is $290 (approx.). The I-539 must be filed simultaneously with the I-129. Again, you can avoid the full application fee by appearing at the border with your dependant.