The maximum period of admission into the U.S is three years when a TN enters at a US Border. There is no limit on the number of years a TN visa holder can stay in the United States. However, the TN visa status is not for permanent residence.
Extension of Stay
For Canadian or Mexican citizens admitted as a NAFTA Professional may seek an extension of stay, which may be granted up to three years:
- Applicant may apply at a port of entry using the same application and documentation procedures above as required for the initial entry; or
- If the applicant is in the U.S., employer may file Form I-129 Petition for Non-immigrant Worker with USCIS
TN status is employer-specific. Unless another employer has written a TN letter and you have entered the U.S. in TN status for both Temple University and that employer or another employer has filed a TN petition for you with USCIS, you may not engage in any type of additional employment.
Make sure your immigration documents are valid and unexpired
- Passport valid at least six months into the future
- I-94 admission record for TN status
- Upon U.S. entry, you should get your I-94 admission record online, which will show the date by which you must exit the U.S. after your employment ends. As long as your I-94 end date has not passed and you remain in the position at TU (and/or with any other authorized employers), you will be in TN status. If there are any concerns about the information on the I-94, you should contact Scholar Services to discuss.
- I-797 Approval Notice (if a petition was filed with USCIS)
- For Canadian citizens only: Keep a copy of visa fee payment receipt for TN status for future re-entry into the U.S.
- For Mexican citizens only: A TN visa is needed for travel and re-entry into the U.S. however, a TN visa may be expired if you remain in the U.S.
If your appointment at TU will be extended and you still require TN status, speak to your department administrator about requesting an extension from Scholar Services 2-3 months in advance of your current end date. TN extension can be obtained through travel or with a petition filed with USCIS. TN employees who are not extending with travel, may continue working for up to 240 days beyond the current TN end date if an extension petition was filed in a timely manner.