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When can I cross the border for my TN Visa? Can I cross the border 3 weeks before my start date and get my TN1 Visa.


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As explained in the TN Visa Expert Kit, it is reasonable for a person to cross the border approximately 1 week before starting their job. This allows you to get settled in and then start working.

It is important to understand you should request the TN Visa when you are ready to move to the US, not simply to cross the border, obtain the TN Visa and then return to Canada for a period of time. Most Immigration Officers will deny your TN visa request and tell you to come back 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 Immigation 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: Jackson S. of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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