TN status can be renewed for an indefinite period (in up to 3 year increments) as long as the original terms of employment still exist.
Once the IO files an extension and gets a receipt notice, the beneficiary is eligible to continue employment without a gap.
Ways to extend TN status
There are two ways to extend TN status:
1. Travel to Canada/Mexico and re-enter again in TN status (recommended option)
A TN employee can be extend his or her status by departing and re-entering the U.S. This will include submitting a TN Visa Request Form and an employment letter to the International Office. Read more about the requirements for this letter.
2. Apply for a TN extension within the U.S.
Applying for a TN extension within the U.S. requires 3-4 months for USCIS approval. All requests must be made to the IO four months prior to the current expiration date of the TN.
Please follow these steps:
- The TN employee should initiate this process with the Host Department
- Host Department should email IO advisor with all of the documents required for the initial TN request
- Host Department must also submit appropriate petition fee for Form I-129
- IO will review for accuracy and completeness. If complete, IO will file form I-129 with USCIS.
IO will receive receipt notice and forward it to the department.
The IO will receive the Approval Notice from USCIS once processed. Note: processing time varies, but it usually takes three months.
IO will notify the beneficiary, the host department, and payroll.
Extending dependent status
- If the principal TN seeks readmission through travel outside the U.S., then the TD must accompany the principal to gain status.
- To maintain status in the U.S., the TD must file for an extension with the principal TN by filing form I-539 along with the Form I-129 petition.