Recently, we have had a spate of TN visa workers who have come to us with problems resulting from their failure to understand their obligations under the TN (NAFTA) Visa program. These people often run into problems at the Peace Bridge or other Buffalo/Niagara area ports of entry when applying for new TN Visas or when crossing on old TN Visas, because they failed to educate themselves on the requirements.
Canadians working in the U.S. under a TN (NAFTA) Visa need to be aware of certain requirements. Failure to abide by these requirements can cause serious problems -- and even removal from the U.S. and being found inadmissible. You could lose your ability to work in the U.S. if you are found to be in violation of the immigration regulations.
If a TN employee changes employers, even under the same job description, 8 CFR 214.6 requires that you notify immigration authorities and receive authorization before commencing work. You can re-apply for a new TN visa at the border (for Canadians), at the consulate (for Mexicans) or change your status without leaving the U.S. by filing through USCIS.
This requirement does not apply to changing your job location, if you remain employed by the same employer. It also does not apply if your employer gets acquired by another company, as long as you continue to work for the same subsidiary. However, if in doubt, speak to one of our Buffalo and Toronto TN Visa Lawyers who will analyze your situation and provide you with guidance.
The Buffalo Immigration Lawyers at Borowski Law are located just minutes from the Peace Bridge and handle TN Visa applications for Canadians. We will determine your eligibility, prepare your application packet, and accompany you to the border to make your visa application. Contact Borowski Law today to discuss your TN Visa.