Under the North American Free Trade Agreement
(NAFTA), certain citizens of Canada and Mexico are eligible to
enter the U.S. under the nonimmigrant TN status. The TN Visa
enables Canadian and Mexican citizens to temporarily work in
U.S. in a NAFTA-approved professional occupation. TN status
can be granted for a period of one year. TN status can be
renewed annually, as long as the applicant can show that the
proposed stay continues to be of a temporary nature.
The following are the requirements to be
eligible for the TN Visa:
The profession must be on the NAFTA list.
The foreign national must possess the necessary
education or training for that profession.
The proposed position must be classified as a
The foreign national must work for a U.S. employer.
Canadian Citizens may apply for the TN-1 Visa,
and Mexican citizens may apply for the TN-2 Visa. Please note
that the process to obtain a TN-2 Visa is much more
complicated than that of the TN-1.
Spouses and/or unmarried children under the
age of 21 are eligible to enter the U.S. under the derivative
TD-1 and TD-2 visas. Family members are not required to be
Canadian or Mexican citizens, and are eligible to remain in
the U.S. for the duration of the TN Visa holder's stay. They
may either accompany the TN Visa holder to the U.S. or come at
a later time.
Canadian citizens applying for the TN-1 Visa
must provide the following information at a U.S. port of
An official request for TN status.
Copies of all relevant college degrees and employment
records. This data should prove the applicant is
sufficiently qualified for the proposed position.
A offer of employment letter from the sponsoring
A processing fee of $50.
Proof of Canadian citizenship.
Canadian citizens apply for TN status at a
port of entry border post or pre-flight inspection station.
Mexican citizens are eligible to apply for the
TN-2 Visa. Interested applicants must meet the following
The sponsoring employer must file a Labor Condition
Application with the Department of Labor (DOL).
The employer must also file a petition for nonimmigrant
workers on Form I-129 with the U.S. Citizenship &
Immigration Service (USCIS).
After approval of the petition, the foreign national
must apply for a nonimmigrant visa at a U.S. Consulate in
Only 5550 TN-2 Visas are issued each year to
Mexican citizens. TN-2 candidates presently in the U.S. under
another nonimmigrant status may wish to apply for a change of