What is the TD Visa?
The TD visa is available for the spouse or unmarried children under age 21 of a TN visa holder. TD visa holders may live in the United States with the TN visa holder, but may not work in the United States. If a Canadian citizen resides in a third country with a non-Canadian spouse and/or children must receive a TN visa in order for the family members to be eligible to apply for the TD nonimmigrant visa.
Who Qualifies for a TD Visa?
An individual qualifies for a TD visa if he or she is the spouse or unmarried child under the age of 21 to a TN visa holder. TN visas are specifically available for Canadian or Mexican citizens to engage in professional business activities temporarily in the United States.
Can TD Visa Holders Work in the United States?
TD visa holders are not permitted to work in the United States. In order to work in the United States, a TD visa holder would have to apply for a different visa that allows them to work.
Can TD Visa Holders Study in the United States?
TD visa holders are permitted to study while in the United States.
What is the Process to Obtain a TD Visa?
Mexican TD Applicants
Mexican TD applicants must apply for their TD visa in Mexico at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate before attempting entry into the United States at a port of entry. The TD visa can be applied for at the same time as the TN visa. The TD visa may also be applied for after the TN visa holder completes the application process.
Canadian TD Applicants
Canadian TD visa applicants can seek entry to the United States with his or her spouse or parent, whichever is applicable, at a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) port of entry. The spouse or unmarried children under age 21 of a TN visa holder must provide proof of his or her spousal or parent-child relationship with the TN visa holder and proof that the TN visa holder intends to maintain his or her status.
To prove the TD visa applicant’s relationship with the TN visa holder, and the TN visa holder’s qualifications, an applicant must provide:
- Proof of Canadian or Mexican citizenship;
- A valid marriage certificate or birth certificate indicating the relationship with the TN visa holder;
- Photocopies of the TN visa holders admission documents;
- Proof the TN applicant is maintaining his or her TN nonimmigrant status.
How Long are TD Visas Valid?
TD visa holders are eligible to stay in the United States as long as the primary TN visa holder remains in the United States, and can be granted extensions that match the primary TN visa holder.