My employer's lawyers said they apparently recently submitted my TN application to USCIS and that the status is currently pending. They say they have up to 15 days to respond which is exactly when my intended start date is.
I will be however entering the US 5 days before my start date to settle in. I'd hate to have to make a round trip back to enter on the TN Visa before working.
Does anyone know how long processing times are for the TN for Canadians right now?
In any case, TN can be applied for and granted right at the border. Why not just do that?
Applying to USCIS can be a little safer but that really only works when you're already in the country on one and are applying for a renewal, since TN is essentially re-adjudicated every time you enter the county by whatever customs agent you get.