The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) created special economic and trade relationships for the United States, Canada and Mexico. The TN nonimmigrant classification (which stands for “Trade National” or “Trade NAFTA”) permits qualified Canadian and Mexican citizens to seek temporary entry into the United States to engage in business activities at a professional level.
Am I eligible for a TN Visa?
General Eligibility for TN Visas
Among the types of professionals who are eligible to seek admission as TN nonimmigrants are accountants, engineers, lawyers, pharmacists, scientists, and teachers. You may be eligible for TN nonimmigrant status if you meet all of the following criteria:
You are a citizen of Canada or Mexico (cannot be a permanent resident)
Your profession qualifies under the regulations
The position in the United States requires a NAFTA professional
You have a prearranged full-time or part-time job with a US employer (does not include self-employment)
You must have proof of intent to return to your permanent residence at the expiration of your temporary TN Visa stay
If you are a Mexican citizen, then you are required to obtain a visa to enter the United States as a TN nonimmigrant. Unlike Mexican citizens, Canadian citizens are generally eligible for admission as nonimmigrants without a visa. The TN category, a nonimmigrant classification, simply reflects this general exemption from the visa requirement. NAFTA governs which evidence is required to prove whether a Canadian or Mexican citizen is a professional in a qualifying profession.
Take a look at the complete list of TN professionals to see if yours is eligible.
The TN Visa application process is considered the fastest way for Canadians and Mexicans to get the US to work visa. In many cases, Canadians may even obtain TN Visa status in as fast as 15 minutes right at the US border. Learn more about:
How to apply for a TN Visa
How long the process takes
How long TN Visas are good for
How to renew your TN Visas (also known as “Extension of Status”)
Although a TN visa application can be done on your own, the TN Visa application process can be complex, taxing, and very stressful for all parties involved. Even small mistakes can lead to a refusal or denial.
It is best to speak with a TN Visa lawyer to verify your qualifications and review your application materials. Hiring an experienced TN Visa lawyer offers peace of mind, comfort, and reassurance during the application process. Once retained, we provide guidance and reassurance throughout the process at no additional charge.
At Richards and Jurusik Immigration Law, we focus our legal practice on the Immigration and Nationality Laws of the United States. Our specialized practice has allowed us to gain particular expertise with the preparation, filing, and successful adjudication of TN Visa applications (particularly on behalf of Canadians), including new applications, renewals, extensions, denials, and all other TN Visa related matters.
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