What is the TN Visa?
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) created special economic and trade relationships for the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The nonimmigrant NAFTA Professional (TN) visa allows citizens of Canada and Mexico, as NAFTA professionals, to work in the United States in prearranged business activities for U.S. or foreign employers.
What are the requirements?
You may be eligible for TN nonimmigrant status, if:
What professions are covered?
Among the types of professionals who are eligible to seek admission as TN nonimmigrants are accountants, architects, computer systems analysts, dentists, economists, engineers, graphic designers, interior designers, lawyers, pharmacists, physicians, registered nurses, scientists, teachers and veterinarians. Click here for a complete list of professions covered under the NAFTA and minimum education requirements and alternative credentials.
What documents do I need to submit?
What else should I know?
Canadian citizens are generally eligible for admission as nonimmigrants without a visa and can apply for TN nonimmigrant status at a U.S. port-of-entry. However, Canadian citizens residing in a third country with non-Canadian dependents will need a visa. For designated points of entry, follow this link to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.
Unlike Canadians, Mexican citizens require TN visas to request admission to the United States in this status. They will have to complete an online visa application form and attend a visa interview.
If you are a Canadian or Mexican citizen with a job offer in the United States to work in one of the listed professions covered under NAFTA, contact us, we can help.
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