I am a Canadian citizen. From September 2022 to September 2023 I was working in the USA on a TN visa. I quit my job on September 29 2023 and returned to Canada on November 27, a day before the 60-day grace period ended.
Since returning to Canada I have been living with family and doing lots of virtual job interviews. I have an onsite job interview scheduled for next Tuesday in the same city where I was living previously.
In addition, when I left the USA I rented a car for a month and a half, and it is due back on Sunday. Also, the apartment that I was renting in the USA is still in my name and is currently vacant (I had a temporary subtenant in December, but he has now left).
My plan is to drive to the USA this weekend to return the car and attend the onsite job interview. I am planning to stay in my old apartment for a week, and I will fly back to Canada next weekend.
My question is whether I should expect any complications driving across the border this weekend?
From a border agent's perspective, I don't like the optics of my old apartment still being vacant and in my name. But, it is likely that I will have a new job offer in the same city where I was previously employed soon, so it doesn't make sense to allocate lots of effort to finding another short-term subtenant at this point.
In addition, I am finding concerning posts from other forums, which suggest that border agents won't let you in unless you can show strong ties to Canada (e.g. https://forums.immigration.com/threads/laid-off-on-tn-visa-60day-grace-period-ending-without-a-new-job-offer.340062/). I do have a Canadian driver's license, but I don't have a Canadian lease because I have been staying with family since returning. The best I could think to remedy this is buying my return flight to Canada before I cross, so that I can demonstrate my intention of this trip being temporary.
Any advice or insights would be super helpful, thanks.