Traveling on a TN or L-1 Visa From Canada?



Optimize Your Processing at these U.S. Ports of Entry



Beginning in mid-September, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is optimizing processing for first-time Canadian TN and L applicants seeking entry into the United States under NAFTA.  CBP has designated ports of entry that will ensure a more efficient approach to processing the high volume of TN and L applicants.







Q:

What are TN and L nonimmigrant classifications?


A:

The TN nonimmigrant classification permits qualified Canadian and Mexican citizens to seek temporary entry into the United States to engage in business activities at a professional level. The L-1 nonimmigrant classification - Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager enables a U.S. employer to transfer an executive or manager from one of its affiliated foreign offices to one of its offices in the United States.  This classification also enables a foreign company that does not yet have an affiliated U.S. office to send an executive or manager to the U.S. with the purpose of establishing one.






Q:

How can Canadian citizens obtain TN and L-1 classifications?


A:

Canadian citizens can continue to apply for TN and L classifications at U.S. ports of entry or U.S. preclearance facilities with the required documentation.






Q:

I am a first time TN and L-1 applicant am I required to go to a designated port of entry?


A:

No, you may continue to go to any port of entry along the Canadian border for processing; however, we encourage you to go to one of the designated ports of entry where you will receive optimized processing.






Q:

Which ports of entry are designated for optimized processing?


A:

Fourteen total ports are designated, to include 4 preclearance locations. 


 


Ports of Entry Designated for Optimized Processing 








Canada Locations



Lester B. Pearson International Airport


P.O. Box 115


Toronto AMF


Toronto, Ontario L5P 1A2


Hours of Operation:  4:30 a.m. 11:00 p.m. Daily



Trudeau International Airport


975 Romeo Vachon Boulevard, North


Room TT 2.400


Dorval, Quebec H4Y 1H1


Hours of Operation:  8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.


on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays



Vancouver International Airport


International Terminal Level 3


3161 Grant McConachie Way


Richmond, British Columbia V7B 0A4


Hours of Operation:  4:30 a.m. 10:30 p.m. Daily



Calgary International Airport


P.O. Box 155


2000 Airport Road, Northeast


Calgary, Alberta T2E 6W5


Hours of Operation: 4:30 a.m. 10:00 p.m. Daily






Vermont Locations



Highgate Springs Port of Entry


Interstate 89 at the Border


Highgate Springs, VT 05460


Hours of Operation:  8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.


Monday through Thursday


 



Derby Line Port of Entry


Interstate 91


Derby Line, VT 05830


Hours of Operation:  9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.


Tuesday through Thursday


 








New York Locations



Alexandria Bay Port of Entry


46735 Interstate 81


Alexandria Bay, NY 13607



Peace Bridge Port of Entry


One Peace Bridge Plaza


Buffalo, NY 14213



Rainbow Bridge Port of Entry


One Rainbow Bridge


Niagara Falls, NY 14330



Champlain Port of Entry


237 West Service Road


Champlain, NY 12919


Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.


Monday through Friday






Michigan Locations



Detroit Canada Tunnel Port of Entry


150 E. Jefferson


Detroit, MI 48226



Detroit Ambassador Bridge Port of Entry


3033 Porter Street


Detroit, MI 48216


Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.


 Monday through Friday 




Washington Locations



Blaine Peace Arch Port of Entry


123 Second Street


Blaine, WA 98230


Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.


Tuesday through Thursday





Montana Locations



Sweetgrass Port of Entry


39825 Interstate 15


Sweetgrass, MT 59484


Hours of Operation: 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.


Monday through Friday