In September 2018, the United States renegotiated the NAFTA treaty with Mexico and Canada. The new agreement is called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement or USMCA. The US also has free trade agreement with Chile and Singapore. Each of these agreements has a significant impact on US immigration policy.
For example, Mexican and Canadian citizens with professional job offers in the US can circumvent the H-1B lottery by obtaining Trade NAFTA (“TN”) status. Professionals who are citizens of Chile and Singapore are eligible for H-1B1 visas.
NAFTA (Canada & Mexico)
- United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Text (2018)
- USCIS Increases Period of Stay for TN Workers from Canada and Mexico (10-14-08)
- Frequently Asked Questions: USCIS Announces Increased Period of Stay for Trade NAFTA Professional Workers from Canada or Mexico (10-14-08)
- USCIS Update on TN Provisions re: Mexican Nationals under NAFTA (10-24-03)
- INS Memo re: Scientific Technicians/Technologists under NAFTA (12-07-02)
- NAFTA Handbook (INS) – 217 Pages (11/99)
- Temporary Entry of Profesisonals
- U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement Professional (H1-B1) Visa (U.S. Embassy, Singapore)
- H-1B1 Temporary Entry of Nonimmigrant Professionals in Singapore
- Text of U.S.- Singapore Free Trade Agreement (236 Pages)
- Exchange of Letters on Temporary Entry of Professionals
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Carl Shusterman served as an INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) before opening a firm specializing exclusively in US immigration law. He is a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law who has testified as an expert witness before the US Senate Immigration Subcommittee. Carl was featured in the February 2018 edition of SuperLawyers Magazine.
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