TN NAFTA PROFESSIONALS

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) created special economic and trade relationships for the United States, Canada and Mexico. The TN non-immigrant classification permits qualified Canadian and Mexican citizens to seek temporary entry into the United States to engage in business activities at a professional level.

Among the types of professionals who are eligible to seek admission as TN non-immigrants are accountants, engineers, lawyers, pharmacists, scientists, and teachers. You may be eligible for TN non-immigrant status, if:

  • You are a citizen of Canada or Mexico
  • 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 U.S. employer (but not self-employment)
  • You have the qualifications to practice in the requisite profession
Spouse or DependentsNeed a Visa?Must ShowWhere to apply for admission to the U.S.
Not citizens of Canada or MexicoDepends.

Check with the U.S. Department of State to determine whether a visa is required and if so, to learn how to apply for a visa.

  • Proof of a bona fide spousal or parent-child relationship with the TN nonimmigrant; and
  • Proof the TN nonimmigrant is maintaining his or her TN nonimmigrant status.
 At a CBP- designated U.S. port of entry or at a designated pre-clearance/pre-flight inspection station.
Canadian citizensNo visa required
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship;
  • Proof of relationship to the TN nonimmigrant, such as a marriage certificate or birth certificate;
  • Photocopies of the TN nonimmigrant’s admission documents; and
  • Proof the TN nonimmigrant is maintaining his or her TN nonimmigrant status.

 

 At a CBP-designated U.S. port of entry or at a designated pre-clearance/pre-flight inspection station.

 

Mexican citizensYes, must apply for a TD nonimmigrant visa at an American embassy or consulateProof the TN nonimmigrant is maintaining his or her TN nonimmigrant status.At a CBP-designated U.S. port of entry or at a designated pre-clearance/pre-flight inspection station.

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