No matter how long the validity of the initial TN visa, it will eventually expire. When seeking to renew a TN visa there are two potential options:
- TN Visa Renewal via Form I-129 – If you are renewing your TN visa and will continue to work for the same employer, under the same TN profession, your TN visa can be renewed by filing Form I-129 with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) prior to the expiration of your current TN visa. This option allows current TN visa holders that do not have a change in employment the convenience of renewing through a service center. This eliminates the need to travel to a port of entry to seek a renewal. The down side to renewing a TN visa by filing Form I-129 is a delayed response and USCIS filing fees. Currently TN visa renewals take about 2 months to process and the current filing fee is $325. The renewal process can be reduced to as little as 15 days by paying a $1,225 premium processing fee to USCIS.
- TN Visa Renewal at a Port of Entry – The option to renew, extend or obtain a new TN visa is always available at a port of entry. When applying for a TN visa renewal at a port of entry, updated supporting evidence used to obtain the initial TN visa must be submitted along with a new offer letter from the employer. Applications for TN visa renewals are given the same amount of scrutiny as initial TN visa applications. It is important that the TN visa renewal application be prepared with the same attention to detail as the initial application. Renewing at a port of entry offers the convenience of a same day decision and avoids USCIS filing fees.
Depending on the proximity of your current employment to a U.S. port of entry, the time you are willing to invest in the renewal process and your budget, renewal preference can vary. We are experienced in obtaining TN visa renewals for our clients no matter which situation they may find themselves in. If your TN visa is up for renewal, contact us today so that we can help you get your new TN visa.
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