Coraopolis, PA asked in Immigration Law for Florida

Q: TN Visa restrictions due to COVID-19?

Im currently working in the US under a TN Visa that will expire in September, I read about the new restrictions for applying to H1B and student visas (among others) but there was no mention regarding TN visas. Do the same restrictions apply or since the TN was not listed its safe to assume its not currently restricted?

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Kevin D. Slattery Esq.
Kevin D. Slattery Esq.
Answered
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Tampa, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Consider scheduling a consultation with a competent immigration attorney. Even if TN is not affected by recent executive orders, border closures (Canada/U.S.) and embassy closures, the latter in particular if you are a Mexican in TN status, may make it wise to seek an extension of your TN status from within the U.S. by filing an extension with USCIS. With a current expiration date in September, as you mention, you may even wish to use the premium processing service that USCIS offers.

Adan Vega
Adan Vega
Answered
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Houston, TX

A: If you are in the U.S. at this time, your employer can proceed to apply for the extension of the TN with USCIS prior to expiration of your status. That would be your best option.

If you are from Mexico and you want to apply for the TN at the U.S. consulate, you will have to navigate through the limited access that is available at the U.S. consulates and you will experience a delay in the issuance of the TN.

Good luck to you.

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