How to Obtain a TN Visa

UCSF restricts TN sponsorship to full-time academic appointments for which UCSF is the formal employer. UCSF (ISSO) submits a TN application on behalf of the employee and can request for a maximum of three years depending on the length of the appointment and funding confirmed by the department.

Please contact your department representative directly regarding TN sponsorship. Departments are responsible to determine the length of the appointment, gather all required information, and submit the TN request packet to ISSO.


  1. Proof of citizenship
  2. Evidence that the individual has required credentials for the position (e.g. Diploma, Certificate, Curriculum Vitae with list of publications, etc.)
  3. UCSF Department Letter (to be printed on the department letterhead to include the following):
        - Addressed to U.S. Department of Homeland Security
        -  Addressed to U.S. Department of Homeland Security
        -  Name and Title of position (the NAFTA list of professional occupations)
        -  Anticipated arrival and departure date
        -  Job description
        -  See Sample Department Letter for TN Visa
  4. TN Request Form
  5. ISSO Fee Form
  6. For TN Extensions or Change of Status while in the U.S., please submit the following additional documents/fees:
        a) Most recent I-94 Form
        b) All previous visa documents (ie. I-797s, DS-2019s, I-20s,  
             Employment Authorization Cards)
        c) Copy of visa stamp for Mexican Citizens only
        d) Check for Filing Fee of $325
        e) A separate check of $1,225.00 if requesting for expedited

U.S. Department of Homeland Security.