Optimize Your Processing When Traveling on a TN or L-1 Visa From Canada?

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

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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 AirportP.O. Box 115Toronto AMFToronto, Ontario L5P 1A2Hours of Operation:  4:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Daily
Trudeau International Airport975 Romeo Vachon Boulevard, NorthRoom TT 2.400Dorval, Quebec H4Y 1H1Hours of Operation:  4:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Daily
Vancouver International AirportInternational Terminal – Level 33161 Grant McConachie WayRichmond, British Columbia V7B 0A4Hours of Operation:  4:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Daily
Calgary International AirportP.O. Box 1552000 Airport Road, NortheastCalgary, Alberta T2E 6W5Hours of Operation: 4:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Daily


Vermont Locations
Highgate Springs Port of EntryInterstate 89 at the BorderHighgate Springs, VT 05460Hours of Operation:  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Monday through Thursday 
Derby Line Port of EntryInterstate 91Derby Line, VT 05830Hours of Operation:  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Tuesday through Thursday 


New York Locations
Alexandria Bay Port of Entry 46735 Interstate 81Alexandria Bay, NY 13607
Peace Bridge Port of EntryOne Peace Bridge PlazaBuffalo, NY 14213
Rainbow Bridge Port of EntryOne Rainbow BridgeNiagara Falls, NY 14330
Champlain Port of Entry237 West Service RoadChamplain, NY 12919Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Monday through Friday


Michigan Locations
Detroit Canada Tunnel Port of Entry150 E. JeffersonDetroit, MI 48226
Detroit Ambassador Bridge Port of Entry3033 Porter StreetDetroit, MI 48216Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Monday through Friday


Washington Locations
Blaine Peace Arch Port of Entry123 Second StreetBlaine, WA 98230Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Tuesday through Thursday


Montana Locations
Sweetgrass Port of Entry39825 Interstate 15Sweetgrass, MT 59484Hours of Operation: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.Monday through Friday


Attorney Rose H Robbins is a former Canadian citizen and takes a special interest in guiding Canadians interested in living and/or working in the U.S.

Apply online now with the Law Offices of Rose H Robbins to find out about the application of these principles to your individual situation or call (954) 946-8130.