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Hi I am working in the US with a TN visa and just got engaged to a US citizen.  I’m wondering what the process is for applying for permanent residency while on a TN visa. 

 

Thanks! 

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Take a look at this:  https://www.visajourney.com/content/i130guide2

First step is to get married..


First career- 20 year Retired E-8, USAF Missileer,

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Assuming you plan to stay in the US the whole time... First you would get married.  Then you would apply to adjust status via the I-130, and I-485.  You would probably also want to apply for an EAD and Advanced Parole at the same time so that you would be able to travel and work while things process.  

 

You'll want to take a look at how much time is left on your TN.  Ideally, you will get married and apply for the change of status with at least 4-6 months of TN status remaining so that you have time to process the EAD application so that you can continue working.  If you run out of TN status before you get the work authorization, you will probably not be able to renew your TN status due to showing immigrant intent, and would lose your work authorization until the EAD is approved.  

 

Once you have your EAD, you don't need to worry as much about maintaining your TN status.  

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