From TN Visa to green card at Amazon Seattle

AMD / Eng Ogeccut
Nov 30, 2018 13 Comments

Hi, can someone Canadian who came to Amazon on TN Visa and got green card explain to me how it works? Is it even possible or do I have to insist on HB1 visa to be able to latter apply for green card ?

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  • Mphasis / Project McGyver
    So here’s the thing - TN is a non-immigrant intent visa. So to get a Green Card you’d have to get an H1 or L1 and then file for GC.

    Or if you got a couple patents to your name, file GC in EB1 category under ‘extraordinary’ talents.
    Nov 30, 2018 7
    • Intel / Eng plebHW->SW
      You can do TN-> GC. Only issue is if you try to renew TN after you’re far into GC process
      Nov 30, 2018
    • New / Eng jbnote
      Can confirm, one of my acquaintance at Amazon did this. It can be done. He was on TN, applied for GC and got his H1B picked in April. Didnt even go for stamping and received his GC few weeks back.
      Nov 30, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Eng
      Gill Bates

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      It's a bad idea for many reasons. TN is a status, not a visa. It means that each time you enter the US, the border official has to make a decision whether or not to let you in.

      It just takes one entry where they ask "are you planning to immigrate" and your choices are to answer truthfully (which means you can't enter and from now on you have to check yes on the "have you ever been denied entry into the United States" box) or lie (which means you've lied to a border official and can get in deep trouble if they find out).

      You could stay in the US all the time and not cross the border though, and it would be less likely to land you in trouble. Obviously check this with an attorney.
      Nov 30, 2018
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      goldbug

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      I485 indicates immigration intent. Stay in the US after you have filed I485 and you are good.

      Check with an immigration lawyer.
      Nov 30, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng SenoritaWE
      If you get a TN, you need to pretend that you have no intent to immigrate until you get an H1B. If you tell the border agent or hint to them that you plan to stay long term (aka, house, fiancé, etc) they can deny you.
      Nov 30, 2018
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    goldbug

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    1. Make sure you are not born in India or China.
    2. Make sure you have at least 2 years on your TN.
    3. PERM, I140 and I485 and do not travel outside of the US until you get your GC
    Nov 30, 2018 2
    • Unity XWAL28
      +1
      Nov 30, 2018
    • Intel inick
      Good to know
      Nov 30, 2018
  • Broadcom Ltd. / Eng
    headbanger

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    So much wrong info on here. How the heck do you think people on B2 tourist visa/status get GCs after marrying a US citizen?! Duh! Of course you can convert from any status to GC.
    The only restriction with non-immigrant statuses are these two:
    1. Once you file I-485, you cannot travel and then come back on a non-immigrant status. You have to wait until you get your Advance Parole card before you can travel.
    2. After entering the US on a non-immigrant status, I believe, there’s a 60 or 90 day period when you cannot file I-485.
    Other than that, you can stay on TN and travel freely during PERM and I-140. Been there, done that because I was on TN for 12 years and got my GC while on TN.
    Dec 8, 2018 0
  • Apple / Eng Marijuana
    It is definitely possible and many people (non-India/China/etc) do this every year. Similar to changing from F-1 to green card.
    Nov 30, 2018 0