What If My TN Visa Application Was Refused?

(Below is a transcription of this video)

Hi, my name is Michael Niren. I’m an immigration lawyer and founder of What happens if your TN Visa application is refused? It’s an
unfortunate situation. It happens fairly frequently, depending upon the
case. Your refusal can be based on the fact that your job offer did not
appear on the NAFTA list of occupations, or that the description of your
job was not properly drafted, or there’s a problem with the U.S. employer
or perhaps what you said at the border when you had your TN Visa interview
raised some concerns. There are a lot of reasons why your TN Visa could be

Possible Reasons for TN Visa Application Refusal

We have a U.S. visa team who deals with TN Visa applications as well as TN
Visa refusals. So if you are in the unfortunate position where you tried to
apply for a TN and the NAFTA officer at the border denied you, what can you
do? Well first of all, you have to be aware of the reasons why your
application was refused and in most cases the officer will tell you their
concerns. If that happens, depending upon the reason you could reapply.
There’s nothing preventing you from reapplying.

In most cases, however, there has to be a change in circumstances or
additional documentation that wasn’t filed originally and you have to
explain why it wasn’t filed in the first place, because an officer will be
skeptical if you apply for a TN Visa and then you’re coming back to the
border once again to try it again. So you have to really make a case as to
what was the reason why there was a lack of documentation or information in
the first place that caused the refusal and here is the additional

Accessing the Reason for Refusal

What we do when someone comes to us who says, “My TN Visa was rejected,” we
look at the case in detail and many times the application was just not
prepared properly. A TN Visa application generally is easy to get if you do
it right. You just go to the border, you present your documentation, proof
of citizenship, your job offer letter and your credentials and then the
officer will review your paperwork and will be able to issue you a visa
right then and there on the spot. So it’s a great way of getting a visa
very quickly but if it’s not done right, it’s likely you’ll be refused. So
sometimes a job offer letter itself is just not structured properly.

For example, the job offer letter has to have the salary, the duties, the
name of the company obviously, the description of why it is that company
needs you, and the job title. This is common sense, but you’d be surprised
how many job offers we see that just don’t have the basic elements. The
other side of the equation is the credentials of the employee. In most
cases, TN Visa applicants need a certain level of education.

Some of these applicants have gotten their education from overseas and not
from Canada, for example. That’s fine, but there has to be an equivalency
analysis, equivalency letter explaining that the education received
overseas is still equivalent to a North American degree or diploma. But in
addition to that, what about the job credentials? You have to show job
credentials, that you do qualify. There’s a lot that goes in to TN Visa
applications, even though they are very simple in some ways.

Because you can get them right away, you have to make a strong case. So how
we handle it, our TN Visa team handles all TN Visa applications as well as
TN Visa rejections. When people do come to us, we analyze it, we put it
together, and sometimes we have to deal with the employer as well to redo
the paperwork. Of course, all applications have to be 100% truthful. There
can be no misrepresentation of the nature of job and the credentials of the
applicant. But that doesn’t mean that the first time around you should have
gotten it in the first place.

We Can Help If Your TN Visa Application Has Been Refused

Sometimes it means that your paperwork was not properly prepared. So
hopefully this gives you some idea that there is some hope for anyone who
was refused a TN Visa. Thank you for listening, and have a great day. Oh,
one thing before I go. You can go to our website, for
more information about TN Visas. Now I’ll say thank you and have a great

Contact our experienced team today, and let us help you with your TN visa application refrusal.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

2 thoughts on “What If My TN Visa Application Was Refused?

  1. Bassam Sadi

    Hi Mr. Niren

    My TN visa was declined yesterday at Toronto Peason Airport while I was going to New York. I had a prior TN Visa but was laid off. I wanted to change the Employer name on the TN visa or get a new TN Visa. The officer asked me about my responsibilites and I told him I’m a computer Programmer. He declined because the Category is Computer System Analyst but its the only Category in Fata list that matches my skills.

    Please let me know how we can proceed in that.


    Bassam Sadi


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