TN Visa Guide: What You Need to Know About the TN Visa

TN Visa

 

The TN visa is a powerful non-immigrant visa classification available to citizens of Canada and Mexico. With a TN visa, you can live and work in the USA for extended periods of time.

 

In this guide, I will go over the information you need to know about the TN visa.

 

If you have any questions about the TN visa or if you need help with your TN visa application, please feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I’m highly responsive via email and I would be happy to help you.

 

Overview:

 

1. What is the TN Visa?

 

2. What are the Benefits of a TN Visa?

 

3. What are the TN Visa Requirements?

 

4. What Documents Are Needed to Apply for a TN Visa?

 

5. What is the Process to Get a TN Visa?

 

6. How to go from TN Visa to Green Card

 

7. Conclusion

 

1. What is the TN Visa?

 

The TN Visa is a non-immigrant visa classification available to citizens of Canada and Mexico. With a TN Visa, you can live and work in the United States for extended periods of time. The TN classification permits you to work in the USA for up to 3 years initially, and can be extended over and over without limit.

 

To qualify for a TN visa, you must work in the USA in one of the professions  on the list of TN occupations (these professions are listed down below). You must also satisfy the educational standards and credentials required for the profession you will work in.

 

TN stands for Trade NAFTA. The TN visa is based on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Treaty.

 

With a TN visa, your spouse and children are eligible for TD status. With TD status your spouse and children cannot work but they can go to school.

 

Summary:

 

  • The TN visa is for citizens of Canada and Mexico

 

  • With a TN visa, you can work in a profession listed on the TN Occupation List. You must meet the education and experience requirements of that profession.

 

  • The TN gives you up to 3 years of status in the United States, and can be extended over and over with no limit.

 

2. What are the Benefits of a TN Visa?

 

i. Length of Stay

 

With a TN visa, you can initially stay in the USA for up to 3 years. There is also no limit to the number of times you can extend your TN status. So through the TN classification, you may be eligible to lawfully live and work in the USA for several years.

 

ii. No Quota

 

  • Unlike the H1B visa, there is no quota for the TN visa. 

 

iii. No Labor Certification Required

 

  • The TN visa classification does not require your US employer to get an approved Labor Certification

 

  • A Labor Certification certifies that the US employer was unable to find a suitable US worker to fill the position that they are hiring you for.

 

  • The process of getting an approved Labor Certification can be very timely.

 

  • To get a TN visa, your US employer does not need to get an approved Labor Certification. They can skip this process and just offer you a job.

 

iv. No Visa Required for Citizens of Canada

 

  • Canadians are not required to get a TN Visa. Instead, they can apply for TN classification directly at a US Port of Entry (we will discuss this in more detail down below).

 

v. Immigration Benefits for Your Family

 

With a TN visa, your spouse and children may also be eligible for TD classification. With TD classification, they cannot work in the US but they can go to US schools.

 

vi. Premium Processing

 

  • The TN is eligible for Premium Processing.

 

  • Premium Processing is a service offered by USCIS where USCIS will answer your petition in 15 days or less, for an additional fee of $1,225.

 

3. What are the TN Visa Requirements?

 

To qualify for a TN visa, there are 5 main requirements:

 

  • You Must be a citizen of Canada or Mexico

 

  • You Must have a job offer to work in the USA

 

  • Your Job Must be Listed on the TN Occupation List

 

  • You Must Satisfy the Educational and Professional Requirements of the US Job

 

  • You Must be Seeking Temporary Entry (Non-Immigrant Intent)

 

i. You Must be a Citizen of Canada or Mexico

 

To qualify for a TN visa, you must be a citizen of either Canada or Mexico. Permanent residents of Canada and Mexico do not qualify for a TN visa.

 

ii. You Must have a job offer to work in the USA

 

To qualify for a TN visa, you must have a job offer to work in the USA. The TN visa does not allow for self-employment and does not allow you to start a business in the USA and work for that business.

 

You cannot qualify for a TN visa by working for a company that you are the sole owner of or the controlling shareholder of.

 

iii. Your Job Must be Listed on the TN Occupation List

 

To qualify for a TN visa, your job must be listed on the TN Occupation List. The TN classification does not allow for all types of work. Your job in the United States must fit into one of the professions listed.

 

Here is the TN Occupation List Along with the Necessary Educational Degree and Necessary Professional Experience:

 

General Occupations

 

  • Accountant - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree OR CPA, CA, CGA, or CMA

 

  • Architect - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree OR State/provincial license

 

  • Computer Systems Analyst - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree OR Post-secondary certificate and 3 years of experience

 

  • Disaster Relief Insurance Claims Adjuster - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree and successful completion of training in the appropriate areas of insurance adjustment pertaining to disaster relief claims OR 3 years of experience in claims adjustment and successful completion of training in the appropriate areas of insurance adjustment pertaining to disaster relief claims

 

  • Economist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Engineer - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree OR state or provincial license

 

  • Forester - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree OR state or provincial license

 

  • Graphic Designer - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Hotel Manager - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree in hotel/restaurant management OR Post-Secondary Diploma or Post-Secondary Certificate in hotel/restaurant management and 3 years of experience in hotel/restaurant management

 

  • Industrial Designer - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree OR Post-Secondary Diploma or Post-Secondary Certificate and 3 years of experience

 

  • Interior Designer - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree OR Post-Secondary Diploma or Post-Secondary Certificate and 3 years of experience

 

  • Land Surveyor - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree OR state, provincial, or federal license

 

  • Landscape Architect - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Lawyer (Including Notary in the Province of Quebec) - LL.B., J.D., LL.L., B.C.L. or Licenciatura Degree (5 years) OR membership in a state or provincial bar

 

  • Librarian - M.L.S. or B.L.S. (for which another Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree was a prerequisite)

 

  • Management Consultant - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree OR equivalent professional experience as established by statement or professional credential attesting to 5 years of experience as a management consultant OR 5 years of experience in a field of specialty related to the consulting agreement

 

  • Mathematician (Including Statistician) - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Range Manager/Range Conservationist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Research Assistant - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Scientific Technician/Technologist - 1. No degree required (but the TN worker must directly support a degreed professional); 2. Possession of theoretical knowledge of any of the following disciplines: agricultural sciences, astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, forestry, geology, geophysics, meteorology, or physics; AND 3. the ability to solve practical problems in any of those disciplines, or the ability to apply principles of any of those disciplines to basic or applied research

 

  • Social Worker - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Sylviculturist (Including Forestry Specialist) - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Technical Publications Writer - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree OR Post-Secondary Diploma or Post-Secondary Certificate and 3 years of experience

 

  • Urban Planner (Including Geographer) - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Vocational Counselor - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

Medical Fields

 

  • Dentist - D.D.S., D.M.D., Doctor en Odontologia or Doctor en Cirugia Dental OR state or provincial license

 

  • Dietician - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree OR state or provincial license

 

  • Medical Laboratory Technologist/Medical Technologist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree OR Post-Secondary Diploma or Post-Secondary Certificate and 3 years of experience

 

  • Nutritionist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Occupational Therapist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree OR state or provincial license

 

  • Pharmacist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree OR state or provincial license

 

  • Physician (Teaching or Research Only) - M.D. or Doctor en Medicina OR state or provincial license

 

  • Physiotherapist/Physical Therapist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree OR state or provincial license

 

  • Psychologist - Licenciatura Degree OR state or provincial license

 

  • Recreational Therapist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Registered Nurse - Licenciatura Degree OR state or provincial license

 

  • Veterinarian - D.V.M., D.M.V. or Doctor en Veterinaria OR state or provincial license

 

Scientist Occupations

 

  • Agriculturalist (Including Agronomist) - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Animal Breeder - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Animal Scientist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Apiculturist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Astronomer - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Biochemist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Biologist (Including Plan Pathologist) - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Chemist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Dairy Scientist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Entomologist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Epidemiologist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Geneticist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Geochemist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Geologist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Geophysicist (Including Oceanographer) - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Horticulturist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Meteorologist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Pharmacologist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Physicist (Including Oceanographer) - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Plant Breeder - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Poultry Scientist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Soil Scientist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Zoologist - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

Teacher Occupations

 

  • College Teacher - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • Seminary Teacher - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

  • University Teacher - Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

 

iv. You Must Satisfy the Educational and Professional Requirements of the US Job

 

In order to qualify for a TN visa, you must satisfy the educational and professional requirements of the US job. You can see the educational and professional requirements for each of the TN occupations listed above.

 

Here are some helpful tips regarding the educational and professional requirements:

 

Degrees

 

  • Most of the occupations require a Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree.

 

  • A 3 year degree can qualify as a baccalaureate. It does not have to be a 4 year degree.

 

  • Your degree should be in the field of your intended TN occupation or in a related field.

 

  • If your degree, certificate, or diploma is earned outside the US, Canada, or Mexico you must also submit a credentials evaluation proving that your degree, certificate, or diploma is equivalent to a Mexican, Canadian, or US degree, certificate, or diploma.

 

State or Provincial License

 

  • For various occupations listed above, a state or provincial license can qualify instead of a degree.

 

  • A state or provincial license is any document issued by a state, provincial, or federal government (or under its authority) that permits someone to engage in a regulated activity or profession. Documents issued by or under the authority of local governments do not qualify. [8 CFR Section 214.6]

 

Post-Secondary Certificate

 

  • For various occupations listed above, a post-secondary certificate or diploma can satisfy the educational requirement

 

  • A post-secondary certificate is a “certificate issued upon completion of 2 or more years of post-secondary education at an academic institution, by the federal government of Mexico or a state government in Mexico, an academic institution recognized by the federal government or a state government, or an academic institution created by federal or state law” [North American Free Trade Agreement]

 

  • To qualify for TN, the post-secondary diploma or certificate must be issued in either the US, Canada, or Mexico

 

v. You Must be Seeking Temporary Entry (Non-Immigrant Intent)

 

  • To qualify for a TN visa, you must have non-immigrant intent. Specifically, the TN  permits “temporary entry” to the United States.

 

  • Temporary entry means “entry without the intent to establish permanent residence.” [North American Free Trade Agreement]

 

  • To satisfy this requirement, you must demonstrate that you will intend to leave the United States upon completion of your TN assignment.

 

  • Your non-immigrant intent will be analyzed at the time your petition is reviewed , upon applying for your TN visa, and upon entry to the United States.

 

Proving Non-Immigrant Intent

 

  • To demonstrate that you have non-immigrant intent, you should show that your US assignment is temporary and has a predictable end date.

 

  • If possible, you should provide evidence that you have a foreign residence abroad and that you plan to maintain that foreign residence.

 

  • You should also provide evidence showing that you have strong ties to your foreign residence. Evidence showing strong ties to your foreign residence includes: a mortgage in your name for a foreign residence, foreign bank accounts, bills addressed to your foreign residence, a job offer to resume work in your home country upon completion of your TN assignment, etc.

 

Additional Points on Non-Immigrant Intent

 

  • Although your are required to have non-immigrant intent, this does not mean that your are prohibited from applying for a green card in the future.

 

  • Your non-immigrant intent is considered at the time of your application, visa issuance, and entry to the United States.

 

  • If sometime in the future, you decide to apply for a green card, this may still be permitted.

 

  • This is a highly technical area of immigration law and should be handled by an immigration lawyer to ensure that it is done properly. Feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com if you would like to discuss this further.

 

4. What Documents Are Needed to Apply for a TN Visa?

 

The evidence and documentation that you submit with your TN application are extremely important for getting approved. Many of the documents you submit will depend on your unique credentials, available documents, etc.

 

With that disclaimer, here is a list of documents that you will need to provide:

 

i. Evidence of your Canadian or Mexican Citizenship

 

  • Canadian Passport

 

  • Mexican Passport

 

ii. Support Letter from Your Prospective US Employer

 

One of the most important pieces of evidence for your TN petition is the support letter from your US employer.

 

The support letter should address all of the following:

 

  • The professional activities that you will be doing for the US company

 

  • Your responsibilities for the US company

 

  • The length of time that you will be working for the US company

 

  • An explanation of the US company’s need for your services

 

  • An explanation of your educational background and professional qualifications for the position

 

  • The salary and other remuneration that you will receive

 

  • The support letter should be on the company’s letterhead and signed by an authorized representative of the company

 

iii. Employment Contract

 

  • Your employer may wish to have a separate employment contract in addition to the support letter.

 

iv. Evidence of Your Non-Immigrant Intent

 

You will need to provide documents evidencing your non-immigrant intent. These documents should ideally show strong ties to your home country.

 

Here are some examples of documents to show non-immigrant intent:

 

  • Deed in your name to a property in your home country

 

  • Bills addressed to your foreign residence

 

  • A letter from a foreign employer indicating arrangements for you to return to work upon completion of your TN assignment

 

  • Foreign bank account

 

  • Evidence of commitments/responsibilities abroad

 

  • Evidence that you have a spouse/children abroad

 

v. Educational and Professional Qualifications

 

  • Degrees

 

  • Certificates

 

  • Licenses

 

  • Letters from former employers evidencing previous work experience

 

  • Resume

 

5. What is the Process to Get a TN Visa?

 

The process for getting TN classification is different for Mexican and Canadian citizens. To highlight the main differences, Canadian citizens do not need to apply for a TN visa. Instead, Canadian citizens can apply for TN status directly at a United States Port of Entry. Conversely, Mexican citizens must apply for a TN visa at a US Consulate before entering the US. Additionally, Canadian citizens have the option of filing an initial TN petition with USCIS and getting their TN pre-approved before seeking admission through a Port of Entry. Mexican citizens are not eligible to file an initial TN petition with USCIS. Instead, they must apply for a TN visa directly through a US Consulate.

 

Canadian Citizens

 

Canadian citizens have 2 options for getting TN classification.

 

  • Applying for TN classification directly at a United States Port of Entry

 

  • Submitting a Form I-129 Through USCIS

 

i. Applying for TN classification directly at a United States Port of Entry

 

  • Canadian citizens are not required to file a petition or application to get a TN visa. No form is required.

 

  • In addition, Canadians are, for the most part, exempt from needing a visa to enter the United States.

 

  • Instead, to get TN classification, a Canadian citizen can request TN classification at a United States Class A port of entry

 

  • To do this, a Canadian citizen must pay a $50 processing fee and provide the following evidence: 1. A valid Canadian passport; 2. Support statement from US employer; 3. Evidence of professional and educational qualifications; 4. Evidence of non-immigrant intent

 

  • At the port of entry, a Customs and Border Protection officer will analyze your evidence. The officer will likely ask questions regarding your planned job duties, professional background, etc.

 

  • If you satisfy the TN requirements and pass the interview, they will admit you into the US and grant you TN classification.

 

ii. Submitting a Form I-129 Through USCIS

 

  • If a Canadian citizen wants to, they may submit a petition through USCIS to get pre-approved for TN classification.

 

  • Specifically, the US employer will file a Form I-129 through USCIS on behalf of the TN worker. The US employer is the petitioner and the TN worker is the beneficiary.

 

  • In addition to the I-129, the US employer must also complete the TN supplement to the I-129.

 

  • Once the I-129 is approved, the TN worker can then take the approval notice, along with their Canadian passport and the complete I-129 along with all the supporting documents, to a United States port of entry.

 

  • At the port of entry, a Customs and Border Protection officer will review your documents and may ask questions regarding your TN petition.

 

  • Just because your I-129 was approved does not guarantee that you will get approved for TN classification.

 

  • You should still be ready to answer questions about your planned job duties, qualifications, etc.

 

  • However, having your petition approved through USCIS should improve your chances of getting approved at the port of entry.

 

  • If you submit an I-129 through USCIS, you are not required to pay the $50 processing fee at the United States port of entry.

 

Mexican Citizens

 

Unlike Canadian citizens, Mexican citizens are required to apply for and receive a TN visa prior to entering the United States as a TN worker. Mexican citizens are not permitted to apply for TN classification at a United States port of entry without first getting a TN visa. Also, Mexican citizens are not permitted to file a Form I-129 thorough USCIS to get pre-approved for initial TN classification. Instead, Mexican citizens must apply for a TN visa directly at a US Consulate abroad.

 

Apply for TN Visa at US Consulate

 

  • Mexican citizens must apply for a TN visa before seeking entry into the US as a TN worker

 

  • To do this, a TN worker must first complete and submit a Form DS-160 Non-Immigrant Visa Application Form online.

 

  • The TN worker must then schedule a visa appointment at the US Consulate.

 

  • The TN visa fee is $160.

 

  • The TN worker must bring the following documentation with them to the visa interview: 1. A valid Mexican passport; 2. Support statement from US employer; 3. Evidence of professional and educational qualifications; 4. Evidence of non-immigrant intent

 

  • At the visa interview, you will likely be asked questions about your planned job duties in the United States, your qualifications, and similar questions.

 

  • Once you are approved, you will be issued a TN visa.

 

Port of Entry

 

  • Following TN visa issuance, a TN worker must then seek TN classification at a US port of entry.

 

  • You should bring your Mexican passport, TN visa stamp, and your support statement with you to the US port of entry

 

  • The customs and border protection officer at the US port of entry will likely not re-adjudicate your TN petition. However, they may still ask you some general questions.

 

  • There is no $50 fee at the port of entry for Mexican citizens

 

  • Upon approval, you should be given TN classification for up to 3 years

 

Change of Status

 

Citizens of Canada and Mexico may also choose to do a Change of Status. A change of status is when you go change from one non-immigrant status to another non-immigrant status.

 

In order to do a change you status, you must be lawfully present in the US in some valid non-immigrant status. You must also file a Form I-129 while you are present in the US.

 

 

6. How to go from TN Visa to Green Card

 

One of the questions that I get asked quite often is whether a TN worker can go from TN visa to green card. The answer is YES.

 

The TN visa is a non-immigrant visa classification so it does not directly lead to a green card. To go from TN visa to green card you can either apply for an adjustment of status or apply for an immigrant visa abroad.

 

An adjustment of status is when you go from non-immigrant classification to immigrant classification. The entire process can be done within the USA without the need to go abroad. In order to do an adjustment of status, you must be lawfully present in the United States at the time the adjustment of status petition is filed. To do an adjustment of status, you must file a Form I-485 with USCIS.

 

Applying for an immigrant visa is different from doing an adjustment of status. Applying for an immigrant visa must be done at a US Consulate abroad. This process also requires you to undergo an visa interview at the US Consulate.

 

Regardless of whether you do an adjustment of status or apply for an immigrant visa, you will likely have to get approved for an immigrant classification by filing a Form I-140 with USCIS.

 

As a TN professional, one of the most common ways of going from TN visa to green card is by having your US company sponsor you for a green card through a job offer. In order to sponsor you for a green card through a job offer, the US company must apply for and get approved for a Labor Certification

 

A Labor Certification is issued by the Department of Labor. To get a Labor Certification, the US company must show that it made efforts to secure a qualified US worker for the position but were unable to find a qualified US worker. Once the Labor Certification is approved, the US company is eligible to sponsor you for a green card.

 

Very Important Note: The TN classification requires that you must have non-immigrant intent. Getting approved for an immigrant petition can potentially conflict with the requirement to have non-immigrant intent. As you can imagine, an approval for an immigrant petition can be seen as clear evidence of immigrant intent. It is highly important to work with a qualified immigration lawyer, through the entire process of going from TN visa to green card.

 

  • Working with a qualified immigration lawyer can help make sure that you do not violate the requirement to have non-immigrant intent.

 

  • An immigration lawyer can help to make sure that the transition from TN visa to green card goes smoothly.

 

  • If you need help going from TN visa to green card, please email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I would be happy to guide you through the process.

7. Conclusion

 

By reading this guide, you are now in a much better position to understand the TN visa from start to finish.

 

Specially, you should now have a better understanding of:

 

  • What the TN visa is

 

  • The Benefits of a TN visa

 

  • The TN Visa Requirements

 

  • The Documents Needed to Apply for TN Classification

 

  • The Process of Getting a TN Visa

 

  • And How to go from TN Visa to Green Card

 

This is a lot of information to cover and much of it is highly specialized and complex. If you have any questions about the TN visa, or if you would like help getting a TN visa, email me at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I’m very responsive and would be happy to help you.

 

Ashoori Law is a Los Angeles based immigration law firm. We help professionals from all across the globe with their immigration needs.

 

Got a Question? Email me.

 

Resources:

 

 

  • Business Immigration: Law and Practice, 2nd Ed. Chapter 14 - TN Visas and Status

 

  • North American Free Trade Agreement

 

  • US Embassy & Consulates in Mexico - NAFTA Professionals (TN)
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Umesh Joshi
20:49 26 Sep 20
It was very nice experience and really helpful for all kind of services
Dmitry Bak
23:46 13 Sep 20
Michael helped us a lot preparing and sending all the needed documents to USCIS. We were very squeezed in time, and I even had to drive from SF to LA to deliver the originals in person, quicker than USPS or Fedex could do, to save one day. Michael... met me in his office at night time, so kind! During the entire period, Michael's team kept us informed about every single step they did, and finally we got all the needed approvals from USCIS. I highly recommend Michael, his company is a great example of how an ideal lawyer/attorney should work.read more
Freuet Solutions
22:49 08 Sep 20
Mike reached out to me personally and gave a good and detail explanation of possible options to take in my case.I recommend you reach out to him with your immigration matters.
Ha Ka
17:48 02 Sep 20
I can only recommend Michael Ashoori for all your immigration needs and inquiries . Very proffessional. Thanks to Michael Ashoori and all his team. I will be back soon again!
Tarek
11:57 02 Sep 20
Started working with Michael Ashoori firm around march this year during the pandemic, but despite these difficult times they guided me step by step and they were always there when ever i had a question or clarification.Lahaina was great, very... professional immigration attorney and of very help through out all the process.She guided me all the way till i got my L1 visa approved.They have this portal system while they post in details every single document needed to ensure the success of the petition. I just had to collect all these documents, upload them on the portal and then they take it from there, they prepared everything and filled up the petition. Their job doesn’t stop here since most of the petitions gets an RFE from USCIS, so they continue by preparing whats needed and resubmit again till i got the reply that my petition was approved.Over all, Michael and his team are very professional and they really know what they are doing and they stay updated with all the recent laws and regulations going on. Highly recommendedread more
Ahmed Gaber
21:44 03 Aug 20
Good office because he offer free consultation
Vj M
03:58 14 Jul 20
Mike and his team helped me with E2. They were very patient and professional throughout the process which got significantly delayed due to Covid. The attorney assigned to me was very knowledgeable and available to advise even at a short notice.... Overall, I had a very pleasant experience and would highly recommend Ashoori Law. Looking forward to working together again in the near future.read more
Gustavo Mas
18:03 07 Jul 20
My experience with Michael is remarkable, he is very professional and has profound knowledge in immigration laws, he made me feel like I was with the right lawyer, so rest assure, if you decide to work with him, you are very likely to be successful... at your case.read more
Allen
18:58 25 Jun 20
Great institutions like Ashoori law firm are made by great people, and there are no finer individuals than those who dedicated themselves to assist clients with different cases like mine. “HONEST & EMPATHETIC” are the words that come to mind when I... think of Lahaina and the rest of her amazing team! Highly professional and experienced immigration attorney who provided excellent service, demonstrating personal attention to all details of your cases. They show compassion by studying clients' stories.They certainly know the immigration process and help you fully prepare for the case and interview. They are always making sure that the whole process goes very smooth. I especially want to thank “Lahaina Araneta” attorney & Michael Ashoori. If you are a really nervous client like me, these people are always super patient and kind with you. If anyone is looking for immigration help, “Ashoori law firm” should be your very first choice for sure because they can really get things done!Working with Lahaina Araneta was absolutely great. She helped me through my entire journey without any hesitations. I always got answers whenever I had questions. I will definitely work with “HER” again on my next journey. She helped me a lot from the beginning of my case (naturalization case). She is attentive to details and very informative. She also quickly responded to my questions about my status. I can't say enough about her. I was completely dazzled by her communication skills and courage in communications with the USCIS office. I am blown away by her integrity and all the hard work she has done on my behalf. I will always be grateful for all of her efforts. Lahaina I just want to thank you for the excellent work you did as my immigration attorney. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to you for all the cares and concerns you have shown me, and for working tirelessly. if it weren’t for your analytical skills and knowledge, the matter wouldn’t have been settled by now. I knew you have a lot of clients, so your prompt responses and attention to detail really meant a lot to me. Having an experienced attorney like you on my side was a good sign that I was walking into the right path to win the case. Thank you Lahaina for your support during my N-400 application process, and for helping me to get the desired outcome. You don't know how much your passion impacts the lives of others.read more
Sandie Galloway
18:41 10 Jun 20
Lahaina was one of 4 lawyers that I had an Initial consult with. She was the only one who took the time to truly understand my case. She was patient with me and very responsive. The most important thing is she was the only lawyer who believed in me.... She has world class professionalism. We successfully got my visa and I couldn’t have done it without her. Will never use another law firm. Highly recommend. She truly cares about her clients and goes the extra mile.read more
Rw Right
17:39 06 Jun 20
Look no further. There are solid reasons why they get straight 5 stars in this review.They work as a (great) team and everyone is very knowledgeable and reliable. Micheal posts timely insightful topics on Youtube, in addition to answering all of... your personal questions quickly and responsively.read more
Morne Begemann
09:10 03 Jun 20
We recently needed the assistance of a law firm and due to the fact that we had limited time available to submit our application, many of the law firms that we contacted were not able to assist us. We then came in contact with Michael from Ashoori... Law. Not only did they assist us with our application, they also provided us with efficient, professional service. They really went out of their way to make sure that we meet the deadline and provided us with regular updates on the process. What a wonderful and stress free experience! I would definitely recommend Ashoori Law’s services to any potential clients.read more
lara essa
00:03 16 May 20
Very helpful expert in immigration he help me out in temporary passporthighly recommended
Jackson Lee
02:08 15 May 20
Ashoori and Lahaina are very professional and detail. They responded to my questions with terms that I can understand without any hidden agenda.I wish I hired them when I first applying my E2. They are the lowest in fees and most professional... immigration lawyer that I had encounter. We go through all the process through phone and email without meeting in person and I got my E2 renewal approved.Way better then any immigration lawyer that I had meet in person in NYC.Will definitely stick with them and recommend them to all my friends and family.read more
Paula Almeida Lança
19:27 08 May 20
Michael was amazing!! He gave his full support all the way through with my process and he would always update me and guide me when necessary. Extremely satisfied with his work. (real client)
persia falcon
21:00 05 May 20
Michael and his team were experienced, responsive, knowledgeable, and honest. I would recommend them to my friends.
Vergel Cornelio
02:15 02 May 20
Michael's law firm is compose of professionals who are working more than the sake of their clients. They care on their clients with their situation and help without limitation. They attend to all questions timely and return with immediate solutions... to secure all will be resolved and all worries were eased. I highly recommend and refer this firm to all related US re-entry and immigration concerns.read more
Brandon Kim
09:17 01 May 20
Utilizing the services of Ashoori Law has been a pleasure and an outstanding experience. I highly recommend Ashoori Law to anyone who needs immigration assistance. With the help of Ashoori Law my spouse and I were able to get our immigration... documents seamlessly and without no issues. Ashoori Law is very customer oriented and from Day 1 is always available for you if you have any questions or concerns. Going forward, my spouse and I definitely plan to use Ashoori Law for future immigration services.read more
Divina Chingcuanco
01:33 29 Apr 20
Michael Ashoori is reliable and responds to inquiries with very short waiting time. His law firm handled my travel document efficiently even if it was within a very narrow window. He has kindly mailed my travel document in the most expeditious way... possible. I will definitely engage his services again if I need this type of legal service.read more
Titi Bern
00:04 25 Apr 20
Michael and his team are great! I had them recommended to me by my community who used them. Starting from an initial consultation, to working on the paperwork, to submitting to USCIS, everything as been smooth without any issue. In addition, they... answered all the question we had - SUPER fast - or whenever we called them they were very responsive.read more
Richard Norton
03:17 24 Apr 20
I recently employed the services of Michael Ashoori and Ashoori Law to help with the lodging of a Re Entry Visa for my wife and myself. I am delighted with the result and the expediency with which Asoori Law handled our application.We now have... approval of our visas and couldn't be happier. One of the stand out aspects of dealing with Ashoori was the fact that I could tel or email Michael at any-time and would always receive a prompt response by return email. This personal connection with the company during the process made me feel I was dealing with a friend and that I could reach out to at any time I had a question, rather than being treated as another client. I can in all confidence recommend Ashoori Law for Immigration matters due to this wonderful experience and the way my application was handled. Sincerely. Richard and Judy Norton.read more
Beth Jinks
22:17 23 Apr 20
Ashoori Law handled my green card travel document renewal application professionally and got results faster than I anticipated. Their preliminary phone advice saved my family from unnecessary Transpacific travel, and their subsequent paperwork... management and guidance made the process much less daunting. Ashoori understand the nuances of a changing USA immigration system, and I highly recommend retaining them to navigate it with you. I've tackled similar paperwork alone before, but after this experience I'll be working with Ashoori again in the future.read more
Kuldeep Kaur
17:42 10 Apr 20
I had question about eb1 process and my alternatives to stay along with priority date timelines ie options to move over to another visa type like h1, to continue waiting for green card processing, all of my questions are very well taken by the... immigration consultant ( Karla Samayoa) , she has very strong hold on the processes and options available to candidates, i would certainly recommend her for immigration consulting on l1a visa and eb1 visa and green card application. I give her 5 startsThank youread more
Hansel Gonzalez
13:56 09 Apr 20
I reached out to Ashoori Law in order to obtain my US Re-Entry permit late last year. The whole team was friendly, knowledgeable and prompt to my many questions. Michael himself would answer any questions along the way after submission, which... assured me my case was important and on their radar. Having worked with various immigration lawyers in various countries I’ve worked at (6, so far), I know that is not always the case. I recommend to consider Ashoori Law for your US immigration needs, and I expect to reach out to them whenever I next need services in regards to US immigration.read more
ajay sharma
18:04 08 Apr 20
Michael and his team members are very professional and easy to work with. For my reentry permit application I was running bit tight on time but Michael helped all possible way to make the process smoother and faster.Their process of data... collection, fees etc are very streamlined and transparent.Michale was always approachable and very fast on his responses. He always made sure that I get the latest update immediately if their office heard anything about my case.In short, I highly recommend Michael and his team. You will enjoy working with them.read more
Tiyu Wang
14:27 18 Mar 20
Working with Michael was a pleasure from the beginning to the end. Through the experience of obtaining my re-entry permit, I got to witness first-hand his professionalism, expertise, and attention to detail.Some things that I really... appreciated:-Taking the time to work out the strategy for me, explaining the options I have and the solutions to potential situations that could arise.-Responding quickly and with well-thought out responses, when I emailed him with questions.-Being very meticulous (him as well as his staff) in ensuring the that logistics of my application were executed expediently and carefully.My case was not a big one, yet Michael behaved as if it were a big case. For that he certainly has earned my return business for immigration cases in the future, and I heartily recommend his services to anyone looking for a truly exceptional immigration lawyer.read more
Nello Trops
13:26 12 Mar 20
I have retained Ashoori Law for my immigration needs, I did work with a previous immigration attorney as well this is what I can say. The amount of information Ashoori Law provides to the general public by maintaining newsletters, blogs etc... sold... me, Ashhori Law takes the time to inform the general public and educate the general public who is interested in immigrated to the US that is of great value. After hiring Ashhori Law the process was smooth and clear, the response times are optimal. They are honest and are not just sitting around trying to make a quick buck when there's no hope. They truly advise you properly and are very transparent as well, no hidden fees. They were successful in filling my immigration needs and hands down I can recommend them to all my friends and contacts. Michael and Lahaina are professionals, they respond quickly and inform you quickly of any changes if any. I will definitely use them again in the near future. Thank youread more
emma Daniels
02:18 06 Mar 20
Karla was Very friendly to chat with and helpful
James Corcoran
14:38 05 Mar 20
I posting this for my wife in China VPN not workingI am so impressed by Mr. Michael Ashoori and will not hesitate to recommend him to you as one of the best immigration attorneys!!!For my case, I had an urgent timeline to apply for a re-entry... permit. To make it more complicated, I had multiple international travel plans during the application period. I reached out to quite a few attorneys for assistances. They either turned me down directly due to the time constrain or did not reply at all. On the contrary, Michael assured the feasibility of such an application during the first teleconference. Just as what he told me, all worked out perfectly under his coordination.To me, the following sets Mr. Michael Ashoori and his team apart from most of his peers:1) He is not only knowledge of the immigration laws and regulations but also highly familiar of the immigration authorities’ operation details. This is extremely critical to an urgent case since every step matters.2) He has the right AI system setup to monitor the daily workflows and handle the repetition workloads. Therefore, his team can focus on the key variables and client interactions efficiently.3) His fee is very reasonable and competitive.4) He cares about his clients as a friend. That is precious in a business world.You are in good hands if you pick Mr. Michael Ashoori and his team!read more
Humayun Tariq
08:09 05 Mar 20
I applied for the re- entry permit with Micheal Ashoori. I can say without a doubt, Micheal is the most helpful lawyer I have found there. What I love about Micheal is that he is really accessible to anyone, unlike other lawyers. He is always... available for a consultation call and clears out the queries patiently. He gives the best advice suited to the situation which has really helped me out with my planning.When I decided to apply for my re- entry permit with Micheal, he assisted me throughout the process. I just had to mail him the signed copy of the application and rest was handled by him and his team.Also, his team members, specifically Lahaina Araneta, are a joy to work with. They have been very responsive on e-mail even if it is late at night.Micheal, along with his team members, is very polite and never rushes an answer.I would definitely recommend everyone to work with Micheal if they need legal assistance in delicate matters such as immigration. He is the best you can get out there in terms of being responsible, responsive and accessible.read more
Sriram Akella
06:07 27 Feb 20
Worked with Micheal for applying reentry permits for my wife and myself. He prepared all the paper work and was ready so that we could file the day we landed in US. Very Friendly and answered all my questions with patience.Would definitely... recommend him for any immigration related work.read more
bardia bahrami
00:02 26 Feb 20
He was awesome, everything was straight forward with Michael and his team. I received my re-entry permit 6 weeks after submitting my request .
Tom Tam
17:43 22 Feb 20
This lawyer was awesome and helped my family with our own immigration case! 10/10 would recommend!
Remo Barducci
07:56 14 Feb 20
From the very first call where we were taken through the process right through to completion, all the interaction with Ashoori has been of the highest level . The advice we were given , how we were steered through the whole process and the brilliant... communication was simply faultless . Even though we are based in Australia on the other side of the world , time zones were no issue . Anyone planning on using Ashoori law, we recommend them very highlyread more
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Michael Ashoori, Esq.

U.S. Immigration Lawyer

I’m a U.S. immigration lawyer and I help families, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs get visas, green cards, and citizenship to the United States.

Since starting my law firm, I’ve helped hundreds of people from all over the world with their immigration needs. I’m very passionate, hard-working, and committed to my clients.

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