TN Fees

Border crossing fees

Canadian citizens entering the US to begin TN status, or re-entering the US to begin another three years in TN status, must pay a US $56 customs fee at the border. Mexican citizens entering the US to begin TN status, or re-entering the US to begin another three years in TN status, must pay all applicable visa processing fees.

TN extension fees

If International Scholars Operations (ISO) files a Form I-129 with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to extend a TN’s status, a check payable to the “US Department of Homeland Security” in the amount of $460 is required.

Premium Processing is an option to expedite the I-129 petition. The fee is an additional $1,410, paid by the employing department. This fee must be paid using a separate check from the $460 fee mentioned above.

How to request checks through UW Procurement Services and Ariba:

  • US Department of Homeland Security check requests will be processed as a non-PO invoice in Ariba.  If you do not have non-PO invoice access in Ariba, see the Procurement Services website for instruction on how to obtain Ariba access for submitting a non-PO invoice.
  • Follow the step-by-step instructions in this Power Point Guide. It will walk you through each step of the process.
  • Prepare a separate non-PO invoice for each fee check and allow 48 hours for processing. Please note: You must complete a separate non-PO invoice per check. Ariba will not send you separate checks if combined into one invoice and USCIS will not accept combined fee payments.
  • Be sure the supplier is “US DEPT OF HOMELAND SECURITY.”
  • Use the TN beneficiary’s last name and first name as the reference/invoice/description, along with visa type.
  • Be sure to select ‘Yes’ to ‘Send check to UW campus Box’ Enter Box number and/or pickup details.
  • Once received, forward the checks to International Scholars Operations (ISO) along with the other supporting documentation

ISO will send the checks with the H-1B petition and supporting documents to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). DO NOT send the checks directly to USCIS.

Departments are charged a processing fee of $260, payable by cost transfer invoice (CTI), for each TN extension processed through ISO. Departments may not seek reimbursement of the processing fee from the TN beneficiary. Budget documentation will be sent to the Budget Contact listed on the UW H Visa Request Form. The processing fee is in addition to fee(s) paid to the “US Department of Homeland Security.”