Mexican TN

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Q. What is the period of admission for a Mexican TN?

A. An individual granted TN status can be admitted into the U.S. for a period of up to three years.

Q. Why is my TN
visa stamp valid for four years if I can only be admitted for up to three years?

A.  Visa validity depends on reciprocity (an agreement
between your home country and the United States). In the past, citizens
of Mexico were issued visas valid for up to one year. The U.S. Department of State
recently updated its visa reciprocity schedule for citizens of Mexico to allow
for the TN visa stamps to be issued for a period of up to four years (48
months).  Please note, however, that this does not change the permissible
three-year period of stay afforded to the TN visa. Therefore, although you may
be issued a TN visa stamp with validity for 48 months, the Customs and Border
Protection Officer at the Port of Entry will only issue you an I-94 admission
document for a period of up to three years.

Q. If my visa is
only valid for one year, does my TN status expire after that one year?

A. Although the visa stamp in your passport may
be only valid for one year, you can be admitted into the U.S. for a period of
up to three years.

Q. What evidence
will I have that I am admitted into the U.S. in TN status for three years?

A. Your I-94 admission record controls your
status in the U.S. Your I-94 record will list your period of admission. You
will receive a new I-94 record after each entry into the U.S., and it can be
accessed at: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home under “Get Most
Recent I-94.”

Q. What is the
difference between a visa stamp and an I-94 admission record?

A. The visa stamp is an entry document.
Normally a visa stamp is required for admission into the U.S. The I-94
admission record controls how long a person can stay in the country. Thus, it
is possible to be in the U.S. with an expired visa stamp and a valid I-94
admission record. You will be issued a new I-94 record upon each U.S. entry.

Q. How do I
receive an I-94 admission record for a  three-year
period?

A. Many times, the TN visa stamp in your
passport will have an annotation at the bottom which states that the TN
admission period should be for three years. You should point this out to the
immigration inspector upon entry. In addition, the TN company support letter
will also contain language about the requested period of admission. We recommend
that you present the company support letter to the immigration inspector to
support further your request for a three-year period of admission.

Q. The immigration
inspector did not give me a  three-year
admission period on my I-94 even though I have the annotation on my visa. What
do I do?

A. Unfortunately, errors with I-94
admissions are common with Mexican TNs. We recommend that you carefully review
your I-94 admission record. If possible, bring the error to the attention of
the immigration inspector at the time of admission for immediate correction. If
you notice the error after the fact, notify our office. Many times, you can contact
a local CBP Deferred Inspections Office to have the correction made to the I-94
admission record.

Q. The I-94 admission
record I received the first time I entered the U.S. in TN status showed a  three-year period of admission. The next time
I traveled, I received a new I-94 admission record which only shows a  one-year period of admission. Is this okay?

A. The most recently issued I-94 admission
record controls your status in the U.S. Although you may have received a
three-year admission with your first I-94, the most recent I-94 admission
record now controls your status. We recommend that you examine your I-94
admission record after each entry.
If you notice that the period of
admission has changed, you should raise the issue with the immigration inspector
at the time of entry for correction or contact our office while you are at the
border or after you have entered the U.S. It may be possible to contact a local
CBP Deferred Inspections Office to have the correction made to the I-94
admission record.

Q. My TN visa
stamp has expired, but I need to travel to Mexico. Do I need to get a new visa
stamp?

A. In certain situations, individuals are
able to travel to Canada or Mexico for 30 days or less with an expired visa
stamp and valid I-94 admission record. Please see our FAQ, Trips to Canada or
Mexico, and Visa Revalidation Trips To Canada
Mexico Visa Revalidation/
for additional information.

Q. My TN visa
stamp has expired, and I have decided to apply for a new visa stamp at the U.S.
Consulate. What is the procedure?

A. Please contact our office to discuss this with an
attorney. Normally, a new set of TN documents will need to be prepared for
submission to the U.S. Consulate.

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