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TN Visas for Canadian and Mexican Professionals

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has created unique economic and trade relations between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This has resulted in a unique opportunity to temporarily work in the United States through the TN nonimmigrant classification for professionals in certain occupations.

Who is eligible for a TN visa?

The TN visa is available to Canadian and Mexican citizens with a profession that qualifies under regulations and who have a prearranged full-time or part-time job with a U.S. employer. The position in the United States must require a NAFTA professional, and the individual must possess the qualifications of the profession.

How to obtain a TN visa?

As a Canadian citizen, you can request admission as a TN nonimmigrant at a U.S. port of entry. You must provide proof of Canadian citizenship and a letter from your prospective employer detailing your professional capacity, the purpose of employment, length of stay, and educational qualifications. If you are eligible following an inspection by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer, you will be admitted as a TN nonimmigrant.

As a Mexican citizen, you must apply for a TN visa directly at a U.S. embassy or consulate in Mexico.

Once approved for a TN visa, you may apply for admission at a U.S. port of entry. If you are eligible following an inspection by a CBP Officer, you will be admitted as a TN nonimmigrant.

What about family members?

Spouses and children under 21 may be eligible for TD nonimmigrant status.

They must demonstrate a bona fide spousal or parent-child relationship to the TN visa holder. Spouses and children cannot work in the United States but can study.

If you are a Canadian citizen, your spouse and children do not need visas. Still, they must provide the following:

  • Proof of Canadian citizenship.
  • Evidence of relationship to the TN nonimmigrant.
  • Photocopies of the TN nonimmigrant’s entry documents at the port of entry.

If you are a Mexican citizen, your spouse and children must apply for the TD nonimmigrant status at an American embassy or consulate.

Obtaining a TN visa can be straightforward for eligible Canadian and Mexican citizens.

However, it is essential to understand the requirements and documentation needed for a successful application.

If you need help navigating the process, schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys with experience and expertise in TN visas and other immigration matters.

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