TN visa renewal by mail - I-129 I-539 = ask

Hi there,
I have heard you can renew a TN visa by mail but I am unable to find any
information on how to do so. I am a nurse from Canada. Could you point me in
the right direction? Also what forms/documents are needed? What is the cost?
Also I have heard of a some nurses from Canada that have renewed their TN
visa's when coming back from Mexico. I am going to Mexico in a few months
and I am wondering if that is an option or not (to renew when going back
through customs in the US). I will be flying.
david ingram replies:
You can renew by mail by sending the information to Lincoln Nebraska.  Send
it 2 1/2 months BEFORE your existing TN expires.  DO NOT leave the country
until your renewal has come through.  If your status has expired, you can
NOT renew by mail because you must be "in status" to renew by mail.  If your
status has expired, you must go to a land border,  Remember, that if you are
in Texas or California, you can go to Mexico to renew at a land border.  The
USCIS person at the border will not likely be adept at processing the
paperwork, because they do not regularly renew them but they are authorized
to do so. People in Florida can take a day trip to the Bahamas and do the
same thing.
You will need:
I-129 Petition for Non-Immigrant Worker - use this form to renew or extend
your TN status.   The fees is $130.00.
The I-129 ( ) petition
may be used by the employer for multiple petition renewals. Therefore if
several TN's are due to expire at approximately the same time send them in
together for the same $185.00 fee.
Make sure that you check the latest fees at the INS Website
I-539 ( ) Application to
Extend/Change Non-Immigrant Status - use this form if you have dependents
under the TD status.  The fee of $195 is good for all of your dependents.
Give it to your employer to send in at the same time and the employer will
likely pay both fees.
You should / must include the following documentation:
1. Front and back copies of your I-94's,
2. Copies of your Canadian Citizenship Card, Canadian passport, or Canadian
birth certificate
3. An original renewal letter on company letter-head. This will be very
similar to the original letter used to obtain your TN status.
4. Copies of the education diploma/degree, or transcripts used at the time
you obtained the first TN.
5. If you were required to prove experience, copies of all such proof that
was provided when you received your original TN status.
6. Send PRIORITY POST with PROOF OF RECEIPT. You "Might" have to prove that
you sent it on time!
7. SEND A COVER SHEET listing everything you have included with your
package. Put the cover sheet on top of everything so that the USCIS person
opening the envelope sees it first.
8.  Of course, include your check!
 Check the USCIS Fee Schedule before sending any money.
 One, or both of these forms must be completed and sent along with payment
POSTAL Mail ("return receipt")
INS Northern Service Center
PO Box 85129
Lincoln NE 68501-5129
By courier ("IF" you need it to get there the NEXT DAY)
INS Northern Service Center
100 Centennial Mall North, Room B-26
Lincoln, NE 68508.
Hope this helps
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