Q: What is the meaning of immigration status in the U.S.?
A: Immigration status in the U.S. means the basis of your presence in the U.S. It could be having U.S. citizenship; by having lawful permanent residence (green card); by having a valid unexpired nonimmigrant visa (B-1/ B-2, E-2, F-1, H-1, L-1, R-1. Etc.) without any violation and authorization to stay in the U.S. (I-94 or I-797); by having been Paroled into the U.S.; by having refugee or asylee status, etc.
Q: Does having a valid I-94 or its extension means a person is in a valid status?
A: Not necessarily. It is true that an unexpired I-94 is required for a valid status, one can become out of status by violating the terms of the underlying nonimmigrant visa.
Examples: A B-1/B-2 visitor working or going to school while in the U.S. An H-1B not working for the petitioning company or organization or working for any employer other than the petitioning organization.
TN VISA STATUS QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q: What is the TN nonimmigrant classification?
A: The TN nonimmigrant classification permits qualified Canadian and Mexican citizens to seek temporary entry into the
Q: What professional activities may a TN worker engage in?
A: Generally, eligible professional activities are activities that require at least a bachelor’s degree or appropriate credentials demonstrating status as a professional. The specific occupations that qualify for the TN nonimmigrant classification are listed in Appendix 1603.D.1 to Annex 1603 of the NAFTA and are reproduced in DHS regulations at 8 CFR 214.6(c). Among the types of professionals who are eligible to seek admission as TN nonimmigrants are accountants, engineers, lawyers, pharmacists, scientists, and teachers.
Q: Is there an annual cap or limit on the number of TN visas?
A: There is no annual limit on the number of TN admissions to the
Q: How do Canadian citizens obtain the TN nonimmigrant classification?
A: Canadian citizens are not required to apply for a visa with a
Q: How do Mexican citizens obtain the TN nonimmigrant classification?
A: Mexican citizens seeking TN nonimmigrant classification do not need to file a petition with USCIS. However, a visa is required for Mexican citizens to enter the
Q: For how long is a person granted TN classification admitted?
A: TN employee is granted a period of three years.
Q: How many times can a person apply for TN visas?
A: There is no limit on the number of times a person can apply for a TN visa or seek admission in TN status.
Q: Are spouses and children of TN nonimmigrants allowed to enter the
A: Yes. Spouses and children may be granted nonimmigrant status as a NAFTA dependent (TD) and may be admitted to the