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How far in advance are you able to apply for the TN Visa at the border?


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There is no defined time, but Immigration Officers will approve your application 1 week before the start date. If you attempt to apply 2 weeks or more, you may be told to come back closer to your tn visa start date.

IMPORTANT: You should not apply with the intention of obtaining your TN Visa and then immediately returning to Canada to finalize your affairs. The Officer will ask you to return when you are ready to move.

Remember, to have all your documentation complete and be prepared for the informal border interview. If you are not prepared, the Immigration Officer will deny you. 20% of all initial applications are denied. Most people are denied because their documentation did not correctly show how they and the job qualify for the TN Visa.

The initial TN Application is a set of free form documents showing how you qualify for the TN under NAFTA which you will submit at the border.

The common documents that are usually required when applying for the TN at the border include:

1. TN Visa Application letter (see sample application letters)
2. Original Degree
3. Supporting documents
4. Marriage certificate if applying for a TD Visa

When you renew your TN Visa in 3 years, if you decide to do it via mail then you will use the I-129 Form.

  See the Renewal Chapter in the TN Visa Kit as well as refer to the TN Visa Renewal pages:

Get the TN Visa Expert Kit. It has a 99.6% success rate. It will provide you with step-by-step instructions to create your Application letter as well as sample application letters and important border information to help you be prepared for the border interview.

Submitted by: Andrew P of Saskatchewan, Canada

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