TN Visa Application Etiquette and Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that your TN visa border application can be an intimidating process, especially if you don’t know what to expect. This note should ease some of your concerns and give you a better idea of what to expect during the TN visa interview. Border officers are under considerable time pressure to conduct quick and efficient interviews. They must make decisions based upon impressions they form during the first few minutes of the interview and the documents presented. The interview will likely be very brief and it helps if you are well informed of your position and applicable qualifications. Interviews are typically done in English. The following provides some general guidance:

  • Your dress should be neat, professional, and appropriate. (The reviewing officer’s initial impressions of you are important.)
  • Know of the eligibility requirements for the TN visa profession you are applying under.
  • Be familiar with the details of your proposed U.S. job assignment. Know where you will be working, what you will be doing, and how long you will be in the U.S.
  • Have your documentation in order and maintain a positive and friendly demeanor. Do not engage the officer in an argument.
  • Listen carefully to what the officer is asking you. Do not begin to answer any question until the interviewer is finished speaking. Yes and No answers when appropriate. Be direct and responsive to the officer’s question, keep your answers short and to the point.
  • Don’t make up answers to questions you don’t know. By making up answers, you may inadvertently disqualify yourself for a TN visa. If you don’t know the answer to the question, tell the officer you do not know.
  • Be relaxed. Try to maintain eye contact with the interviewer.

Some potential questions the Officer may ask are:

  • When did you start working for your employer?
  • What do you currently do?
  • Where will you be working?
  • What will you be doing in the U.S.?
  • How long will you be in the U.S.?
  • What will be your responsibilities when you leave the U.S.?

If you have been given an offer to work in the United States and will be applying for a TN visa, contact me directly for assistance.

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