TN - Change of Employer

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NewtoUS
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TN - Change of Employer

Post by NewtoUS » Thu Feb 01, 2007 1:49 pm

I am currently working in US on TN Visa, which has been renewed for the first time valid through Jan 2008. I will most likely change my job to work with another employer this spring. I understand that I can have two TN visa at the same time, as I plan to get my 2nd TN visa approved before I quit my current job. My question is:

What is the best way to apply for the 2nd TN? I heard that I can either go to the POE and get the 2nd TN when re-entering US, or I can apply for the 2nd TN via mail. I prefer do it via mail. But when I talked with the future employer, they don't want to pay the $1,000 premium processing fees. How long will it take to get TN without premium processing? Are there any other things I need to be careful when applying for 2nd TN?

Another question is about my wife, who's also a canadian attending school in US as F1. After she finishes school, does she need to change her status to TD in order to stay? She can use opt or apply for TN if she can get a job, but can she stay in US as a tourist in the mean time?

Thanks in advance.

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Post by nelsona » Thu Feb 01, 2007 2:33 pm

The simplest is to go to the border, without premium, I-129s are taking 4 to 6 MONTHS.

Once your wife is finished with F1, to remain in US, she must then either get a working visa (OPT, H1, or TN), or get a TD dependant visa.

She can't really get a tourist status, since she probablty would not be considered having sufficient residential ties in Canada.

She shpuld apply for TD the day she finishes school, unless she has a job already. She can then get a working status without leaving US.
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NewtoUS
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Thx

Post by NewtoUS » Thu Feb 01, 2007 2:55 pm

nelsona, as always, thank you very much for your reply and the advice. I appreciate your sharing your expertise on all these issues. I benefited a lot from reading the messages and posting inquires at this site.

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Any difference between applying at POE and applying via mail

Post by NewtoUS » Sat Feb 03, 2007 8:47 am

Just heard from the new employer that they are willing to sponsor my 2nd TN. They will most likely do it via mail-in. My question is: is any difference between applying for 2nd TN at POE and mail-in application (with the premium processing) in terms of the possibility of approval? I might be just paronoid but want to make sure that I am taking the best track.

Another question is: the new employer told me not to notice my current TN employer about the leave until the 2nd TN is approved. I understand that I can have 2 TNs at the same time. Any other reason why they specifically told me that?

Thanks.

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Post by Webtiger » Sun Feb 04, 2007 2:02 pm

Simply because they do not want you out of status. If you give any notice to your current employer, before the 2nd TN is approved, and they fire you, release you, seperate you, and you stop working you are out of status.
The TN status is tied to work if you are not working you are out of status.

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