The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) makes temporary employment with TN visas easier for certain professionals who are citizens of Canada or Mexico. NAFTA created this visa category for eligible Canadian and Mexican professional workers and also affected terms of admission for Canadians admitted to the U.S. under other nonimmigrant classifications. TN employment must be in a profession listed in Appendix 1603.0.1 to NAFTA and the TN employee must possess the credentials required. There is no annual limit on TN-1 admissions.
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General Resources- TN Visas
- TN NAFTA Professionals (USCIS)
- Federal Register: DOS Final Rule on Mexican TNs (2-10-14)
- 3-year TN Rule (10-14-08)
|TN Canadian or Mexican Citizen under NAFTA|
|The TN classification applies to a Canadian or Mexican citizen seeking classification as a professional temporarily under the North American Free Trade Agreement.|
|This classification does not require a petition for employment. Canadian citizens need not obtain TN-1 consular visas, and may apply directly at Class A U.S. ports of entry. Mexican citizens must apply for TN visas at an appropriate U.S. Consulate. Both must provide:
|Dependents (spouses and unmarried children under 21 years of age) of TN professionals are entitled to TD status with the same restrictions as the principal. Dependents may be students in the U.S., but may not be employed under the TD status.|
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