Trade NAFTA (TN)
TN STATUS FOR MEXICAN AND CANADIAN NATIONALS
NAFTA is the North American Free Trade Agreement. The nonimmigrant NAFTA Professional (TN) visa allows citizens of Canada and Mexico to work in the US if they qualify. Individuals are permitted to enter the US for up to three years at a time, depending upon the job offer.
Information regarding the TN is available on the US State Department as well as the US Citizenship and Immigration Service website. Note that the requirements for applying for citizens of Canada and Mexico are different.
Professionals of Canada or Mexico may work in the U.S. under the following conditions:
- Applicant is a citizen of Canada or Mexico;
- Profession is on the NAFTA list;
- Position in the U.S. requires a bachelor's degree or higher;
- Mexican or Canadian applicant is to work in a prearranged full-time or part-time job, for a U.S. employer. Self employment is not permitted;
- Professional Canadian or Mexican citizen has the qualifications of the profession
There are no Required Fees that must be paid by the Hiring Department.
- Instructions for Hiring Departments Regarding TN Status
- Documentation Needed for TN status
- Professional Job Series List
- Employment Letter Department Must Provide to TN Applicant Prior to Arrival
- Where to Enter the US in TN Status
- Applying for a Social Security Number
- Time Limitations of TN Status
- Travel and Reentry Into the US While Holding TN Status
- Spouses and Children
- USCIS Change of Address Requirement
- Tax Information
Additional Documentation or Qualifying Requirements
Additionally, applicants must demonstrate that they are properly classifiable as NAFTA Professional for TN visa, under U.S. law by:
- Education Requirement- The applicant's employer must submit proof that the applicant meets the minimum education requirements or has the alternative credentials set forth in NAFTA agreement, chapter 16 appendix 1603.d.1. Evidence of professional qualifications may be in the form of degrees, certificates, diplomas, professional licenses, or membership in a professional organization. Degrees, diplomas, or certificates received from an educational institution outside the United States, Canada, or Mexico must be accompanied by an evaluation by a reliable credentials evaluation service specializing in evaluating foreign documentation.
- Work Experience Requirement - Document proving to the applicant's experience should be in the form of letters from former employers. If the applicant was self-employed, business records should be submitted proving that self-employment.
Is Licensure Required?
Requirements for NAFTA professional do not include licensure. Licensure to practice a given profession in the United States is a post-entry requirement subject to enforcement by the appropriate state or other sub-federal authority.