TN to GC: Travelling on EAD/AP?

Microsoft PfrI37
May 4 23 Comments

Please share your travel experience using EAD/AP after filing i-485 while on TN visa.

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  • Twitch / Eng
    Urgentpiza

    Twitch Eng

    BIO
    I'm black as the night
    Urgentpizamore
    I'm really confused. Isn't the whole point of tn that you can't apply for immigration and gc? Hence why they want you to move to h1b first before applying for gc? How do you explain to border folks that you are both tn and applying for gc at the same time?
    May 4 12
    • Broadcom Ltd. / Eng
      headbanger

      Broadcom Ltd. Eng

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      Intel, Broadcom Ltd.
      headbangermore
      Lawyers are full of $hit and want to make extra money by selling H1B to employers. The only benefit of H1/L1 is they can be kept and extended while I-485 is pending.
      You should go to this forum and read all about TN2GC process (and ask questions there if you’re still confused):
      https://forums.immigration.com/forums/tn-status.230/
      May 23
    • Twitch / Biz Dev OWL#1Deal
      Wait so... TN being a non immigrant visa is a total sham? I thought you could get deported and banned entry into the US for 5 years for doing something like that?
      May 23
    • Twitch / Biz Dev OWL#1Deal
      I guess Second question is. If you want to change jobs, are you basically stuck? Ie you can transfer green card, and at the same time, you can't quit job otherwise your gc process is dead, and you can't come back with a tn anymore given declared immigration intent
      May 23
    • Broadcom Ltd. / Eng
      headbanger

      Broadcom Ltd. Eng

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      Intel, Broadcom Ltd.
      headbangermore
      You need to educate a lot more about visas, GC steps and TN in particular. I am not gonna spend time here on Blind to explain these to you. I already gave you a forum to go to. Without understanding the steps involved for a GC application, it seems to be hard to explain this to you.
      A couple of pints though:
      1) You can be on TN for a long time. I was on TN for over 10 years.
      2) The only time you’ve formally demonstrated immigrant intent is when you file for I-485. Now don’t ask me what I-485 is and do your own research.
      May 23
    • Broadcom Ltd. / Eng
      headbanger

      Broadcom Ltd. Eng

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      Intel, Broadcom Ltd.
      headbangermore
      3) You can change jobs during PERM and I-140 steps by getting a new TN. After filing I-485, you can change jobs only after you receive your EAD/AP card AND 485 has been pending 180+ days.
      May 23
  • Google GoogleWave
    It's not a problem. I have done it multiple times. When you enter with AP, you are not entering with TN status anymore. Your status will Paroled not TN. (Make sure your I-94 reflects that). You have to go to secondary every time so add 1-2 hours to your travel schedule.
    May 4 2
    • Twitch / Eng
      Urgentpiza

      Twitch Eng

      BIO
      I'm black as the night
      Urgentpizamore
      Wait... So they don't deport you? What's the point of the h1b then?
      May 5
    • New bmmC14
      He’s in the process of AOS. That’s not H1 anymore.
      May 5
  • EPAM Systems / QA ham3seW
    Just make sure you have an extension, do not apply when you are on the 1 year period. Your extension can last as long as 3 years after your visa expires.
    May 4 2
    • Microsoft PfrI37
      OP
      Sorry, please elaborate. Why not travel during 1 year period and how does the extension work?
      May 4
    • EPAM Systems / QA ham3seW
      My bad, I read incorrectly, if you have Advance Parole then your good! You should be able to travel out of the country :) in your card it should say that it can be used for traveling (front side at the bottom)
      May 5
  • Broadcom Ltd. / Eng
    headbanger

    Broadcom Ltd. Eng

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    Intel, Broadcom Ltd.
    headbangermore
    If flying, avoid big airports because the wait in the secondary inspection could be hours. I traveled thru Calgary and Ottawa airport with my AP and the whole waiting time was not even 10 min. Different story in YYZ or any big airport.
    May 23 0
  • Bloomberg ezJV08
    Show AP. Little risk. You should get your GC within 3 months tho so might as well wait
    May 5 0
  • You are no longer on TN visa. Just show your AP.
    May 5 0
  • New bmmC14
    There shouldn’t be any issues. They will send you to the secondary to confirm your i485 is in progress.
    May 4 0