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TN Visa Law Blog

By Brian D. Zuccaro, Esq.

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Tuesday
Sep162014

CBP Announces “Optimized” TN Visa Processing Port-of-Entries

CBP has announced that beginning in mid-September, the agency will provide “optimized processing” for first-time Canadian TN and L visa status applicants. CBP is not requiring first-time applicants to apply at these locations, but is instead “encouraging” such applicants to file at these offices.

CBP will provide this optimized processing at the following locations:

  • Pearson International Airport
  • Trudeau International Airport
  • Vancouver International Airport
  • Calgary International Airport
  • Highgate Springs Port of Entry
  • Derby Line Port of Entry
  • Alexandria Bay Port of Entry
  • Peace Bridge Port of Entry
  • Rainbow Bridge Port of Entry
  • Champlain Port of Entry
  • Detroit Canada Tunnel Port of Entry
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge Port of Entry
  • Blaine Peace Arch Port of Entry
  • Sweetgrass Port of Entry

CBP has not stated what “optimized processing” actually entails, e.g. whether it will assign more senior officers at these locations for TN and L-1 visa application adjudications. We will continue to monitor this development, and provide more details as they become available.

Wednesday
Sep102014

Systems Analyst TN Visa Approval - Consultant, Biochemistry Degree

TN VisaCase Info.
Background:Citizen of Canada.
TN Category:Computer Systems Analyst
Job title / duties:Informatics Consultant. As the applicant's job title was not specifically Computer Systems Analyst, it was essential to include proof that the job duties were consistent with those of a Computer Systems Analyst. We prepared a detailed cover letter and included extensive documentation to support eligibility.
Education:Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, Master’s degree in Project Management. As the applicant’s credentials were not in an IT field (many officers erroneously require specific degrees in the field), it was critical for the application to include supporting documentation establishing that the applicant’s credentials were appropriate for the position offered. Our cover letter outlined the applicant’s qualifications, and included evidence to support this claim.
Filing Process:TN visa status application @ USCBP - Peace Bridge, POE
Processing time:Approved same day filed
Approval period:3 years
Thursday
Apr242014

TN Visa → Green Card Based on Marriage to U.S. Citizen (~4 Month Process)

Green CardCase Info.
Case History / Issues:Applicant was a Canadian citizen, and held TN visa status. Applicant subsequently married a U.S. citizen.
Strategy:Reviewed case to ensure no preconceived intent issues, or potential employment gap or travel issues. Determined applicant was a good candidate for Adjustment of Status.
Filing Process:I-130 / I-485 application @ USCIS - Chicago Lockbox
Filed:Dec. 26, 2013
Biometrics Scheduled:Jan. 27, 2014
Employment Authorization / Travel Card Issued:March 5, 2014
Interview Date:On April 16, 2014 at USCIS' Boston, MA local office. Decision was not made during interview, but case status online showed the application was approved later that day.
Green Card Received:April 22, 2014
Processing Time:3 months, 21 days
Citizenship:Canada
TN Visa Category:Computer Systems Analyst