U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently changed the requirements for the B visitor visa. The changes now makes it possible for qualifying household members of those in TN status to enter the United States on B visas. This change makes it possible for elderly parents, cohabitating partners and other household members of a TN visa holder to obtain B visa status where TD status may not be available. For example, only the spouse and children of a TN visa holder can qualify for TD status. Until now, this left out elderly parents under the care of the nonimmigrant, cohabitating partners, or other household members of the nonimmigrant outside of a marital or parent child relationship.
A household member of a TN nonimmigrant is defined as someone who regularly lives at the same place as the TN nonimmigrant visa holder and with whom the TN nonimmigrant visa holder has the same type of relationship and care as would be expected between immediate family members. These changes to the B visa open the doors to many that have previously not qualified for TD nonimmigrant status. Under this change, qualified household members of TN nonimmigrants are able to receive B visa status for as long as the TN nonimmigrant visa holder maintains their visa status. If you or a loved one are not qualified as an immediate family member of a TN nonimmigrant status holder, but do qualify as a “household” member, you may be able to take advantage of this change. Contact us today to see how we can help you.