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Renew your TN Visa

TN Visa Renewal Myth

Most people who are renewing their TN Visa do not realize that having a TN Visa previously does not mean they will be approved again. Many believe it will be easier when attempting to renew their TN Visa, but this is not necessarily the case.

Remember, the TN Visa approval process is subjective and it is the Immigration Officer who has the final decision.

Here are a few of the things you need to be aware of when renewing your TN Visa:

  • Do you know if your TN Visa Application is valid?
  • Is your TN Visa Employer Letter written in a professional manner, using key phrases and structured in a way that makes the Immigration Officer easily deduce how you qualify for the TN Visa?
  • Are you prepared for the border interview? The Immigration Officer may determine you do not qualify based on your application or the informal interview.
  • The TN Visa approval is subjective. Each successive TN Visa Application is scrutinized more closely. Be prepared.
  • The Immigration Officer is assessing if your intention is for a temporary stay. Do you know how you will prove you are here temporarily?

TN Visa Renewal Limits

The TN Visa is a one-year visa. U.S. Immigration recently passed a ruling to increase this to 3 years. Ensure you know how to write your TN Visa Employer Letter so the Immigration Officer gives you a TN Visa that is valid for 3 years.

The number of renewals is unlimited.

In essence a renewal application is treated like a new TN Visa Application. There is an emphasis placed on proving your intention is to stay temporarily.

TN-1 Renewal Options

When renewing your TN-1 Visa you have three options:

  1. Apply for a different long-term visa (such as the H-1B).
  2. Renew for TN Visa at the border - in person at an authorized Port of Entry.
  3. Renew for TN Visa by Mail

Obtaining a Different Long-Term Visa

Several months before your TN Visa renewal date, contact an immigration lawyer from the Lawyer Network to determine what long term visas you can obtain to live and work in the U.S.

TN-1 Visa Renewal At Border

The following is the essential material you will require to renew your TN-1 Visa via mail:

  • Prepare and provide your complete TN Visa Application including the TN Visa Employer Letter and supporting documents.
  • The filing fee is $50. Plus a small additional fee for each I-94 Card.
  • Dependents will simply receive an I-94 Card.
  • Be prepared for a border interview by the Immigration Officer.
  • Read "Crossing the Border – When, Where and How" in The TN Visa Expert Kit to be fully prepared.

TN-1 Visa Renewal By Mail-Considerations

Many TN Visa holders find the formality and the higher cost of the official TN Visa extension process via mail at odds with the ease of the initial entry. Consequently, most TN Visa holders venture back to the border and make a new entry rather than extend their stay by mail.

Another advantage to renewing at the border that TN Visa holders have realized is that it immediately produces a TN Visa while an application by mail can take up to 3 months.

Two important pieces of information many applicants do not know when renewing by mail is

  • A TN Visa Employer Letter is required regardless of whether or not one is applying at the border or via mail.
  • An Immigration Officer may call you and conduct an interview over the phone even if you apply via mail

TN-1 Visa Renewal By Mail-Essentials

The following is the essential material required to renew your TN-1 Visa via mail:

  • Prepare and provide your complete TN Visa Application including the TN Visa Employer Letter and supporting documents.
  • Obtain and complete Form I-129.
  • The filing fee for the I-129 as of Dec 23, 2016 is $460. This is subject to change.
  • For dependents obtain and complete Form I-539.
  • The filing fee for the I-539 as of Dec 23, 2016 is $370. This is subject to change.
  • Mail the forms, filing fees and TN Visa Application documents to USCIS.
  • Be prepared for a phone interview by the Immigration Officer.
  • Read "Crossing the Border – When, Where and How" in the TN Visa Expert Kit to prepare for the potential questions that you can be asked when an Immigration Officer calls you.

The TN Visa Expert Kit provides more detailed information on how to renew via mail, renewing your dependent's visa is the best time to apply before your existing TN Visa expires.