Has anyone got a TN visa here?

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Jul 3, 2018 11 Comments

Can I get a TN visa just by taking my Canadian passport and the signed offer letter to the border along with my academic documents?

Or

Would it be better to have the company apply for TN to USCIS on my behalf (this seems to take a longer time I think)?

Please advise.

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  • Visa dotart
    2nd option is better since there is no risk of getting rejected at the airport/border
    Jul 3, 2018 4
    • Microsoft / Eng Fyba
      You can still get rejected but yeah this is better
      Jul 3, 2018
    • Visa dotart
      you can get rejected even with uscis approval? I don't think so. when I showed the approval, the officer automatically gave me the stamp, 0 questions asked.
      Jul 3, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng Fyba
      Yes. The officer has the right to refuse to stamp you and deny entry. TN is not a visa, rather a work status for Canadians.
      Jul 3, 2018
    • Amazon / Other
      DirkGently

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      If you say the wrong thing to the border guy you can still get rejected, even after you are let in once on a TN you could be rejected on a later entry. It technically gets reevaluated with every entry.

      Of course the chance for rejection is way less if you have the i797 approval.
      Jul 3, 2018
  • Amazon plshelp
    USCIS is best! I've never had an issue and I've had two now
    Jul 3, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng TresCommas
    I did the first, but my employer had their lawyers put together a nice packet to hand over at the border and coached me on what I should and should not stay. Easy peasy.
    Jul 3, 2018 0
  • Goldman Sachs aIOz80
    Does the generally tougher stance USCIS is taking on immigration (significantly more denials in H1 and L1 visas, including those that would have a been a shoe in a year ago)impact TNs too? I’m also seeking a TN via and considering the first option of adjudication at the point of entry for this reason
    Aug 8, 2018 0
  • Microsoft SOkn03
    The first is much faster. I did both and the lawyers took forever to get the second one ready.
    Jul 12, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Other
    DirkGently

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    You can apply at port of entry. You will still want lawyers to prepare a packet with detailed answers to why you qualify for the visa.

    I preferred to do the pre application so that I would have some assurance I'd be able to find and accept the job before resigning the one I had.
    Jul 3, 2018 0
  • Microsoft ThisOrThat
    I did it the first way but that was back in 2012
    Jul 3, 2018 0