I’m a Canadian lawyer at an Aml50 firm in the US on a TN visa. I would like to take steps to change over to an immigrant visa (H1-B). Has anyone done this? If so, how did you bring up the conversation? How long were you employed before asking for this? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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H1B visas are lottery subject. The lottery is each March/April. Too late for this year, but you could try next. Moving from TN to a green card is possible, but you have to time it appropriately with respect to TN visa extensions and international travel.

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So you can directly transfer from TN to green card without transferring to H1B first?

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I was recommended Michelle Lazerow by someone on this app. I didn’t have a need for her services so can’t speak to whether she is good but don’t want a fellow Canuck hanging here without an answer.

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Thanks. I was thinking more along the lines of the current employer making an application on your behalf for an H1-B visa.

I talked with HR before i began employment. You should directly talk to them before it’s too late.

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Following in the exact same boat. I was thinking maybe after a year?

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Hmm. Good point. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to begin the conversation with HR.

Correct, but you have to time things just right in terms of TN extensions and international travel once you are at the I-485 and I-140 stages.

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That’s very helpful. Thank you!

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