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TN (Treaty NAFTA)


Maintain TN Status

These are the steps every TN scholar must follow in order to maintain legal status while in the U.S

1. Make sure immigration documents are valid and unexpired:

  • A passport valid at least six months into the future
  • An I-94 arrival/departure record that is not expired, marked with TN
  • For Canadian citizens only: Keep a copy of $50 fee payment receipt for TN status for future re-entry into the U.S.
  • For Mexican citizens only: A valid TN visa is needed for travel and re-entry into the U.S. However, a TN visa may be expired while remaining in the U.S.
  • A valid I-797 Approval Notice (if a petition was filed with USCIS)

2. Update local address within 10 days of a move.

It is the TN scholar’s responsibility to keep USCIS apprised of her/his current residence in the U.S. Within ten days of a move, scholars must report the change of address to USCIS using form AR-11.

3. Notify Scholar Services of early departure.

If a TN scholar’s appointment at NYU will be completed prior to the original end date, International Scholar Services should be notified by both the department liaison and the scholar. Please send an e-mail to the attention of International Scholar Services including scholar name, visa type, original and new end date, and reason for early departure or visit International Scholar Services.

There is no grace period beyond the completion of a TN appointment; therefore, scholars are expected to depart the U.S. immediately after the last day of employment.

4. Notify Scholar Services of substantial changes in NYU employment.

A TN scholar’s permission to work at NYU is based on the terms and conditions presented in the TN letter from the NYU hiring department (and in the TN petition filed with USCIS, if applicable). Accordingly, scholars should not accept any changes in the terms of employment (other than a standard salary increase) without first consulting International Scholar Services.

5. Do not accept unauthorized employment.

TN status is employer-specific. Unless another employer has written a TN letter and the scholar has entered the U.S. in TN status for both NYU and that employer or another employer has filed a TN petition with USCIS, TN scholars may not engage in any type of additional employment.

6. Contact Scholar Services if the TN status needs to be extended.

If a TN scholar’s appointment at NYU will be extended and s/he still requires TN status, department liaisons should request an extension per the aforementioned lead times.

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