Sample TN Support Letter

(Send draft to ISSO for review before printing on UCSF or departmental letterhead and sending original signed letter)


For TN status granted at U.S. port-of-entry:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
United States Customs and Border Protection


For TN status submitted by mail:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Vermont Service Center
75 Lower Welden Street
St. Albans, VT 05479

Subject: TN Status on behalf of [scholar's name]

To Whom It May Concern:

On behalf of the University of California, San Francisco, this letter is to request TN status for [scholar's name], from [begin date] to [end date]. [scholar's name] will be appointed as [academic title] in the Department of [department name] at the University of California, San Francisco, at a salary of $_________ annually plus standard University benefits. [scholar's name]'s worksite is located at [full address]. This is a temporary appointment within the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The position of [title] is a professional occupation consistent with the NAFTA Chapter 16, Annex 1603, Appendix 1603.d.1 and the NAFTA Professional Job Series List allowing TN status for [TN occupation title]. (see NAFTA list of TN occupation titles)

The position requires a(n) ______ degree and specific knowledge and expertise in _____________________. Duties of this [faculty/research] appointment include __________________________ [list nontechnical duties].

[scholar's name] is well qualified for this position. S/He received her/his ______ degree from the _____________ in ______________. S/He has been active in ___________________ [brief description of academic career]. S/He has been on the faculty of the Department of _______ at the __________ since _____. [scholar's name] has presented numerous papers at professional organizations and has authored both peer-reviewed and non-refereed articles.

The University would be grateful for every consideration shown to [scholar's name]. Thank you for your assistance.


[UCSF Department Chair Name]
Chair, Department of _______, UCSF