TN Visa

/ Non-immigrant visas

The TN visa is a non-immigrant visa category that allows Canadian and Mexican citizens to work in the United States temporarily in certain professional occupations. It is available to individuals who are eligible for employment under the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which has since been replaced by the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).


Here are some key points about the TN visa:

Eligible Professions: The TN visa is designed for professionals working in specific fields, including but not limited to engineering, computer science, architecture, science, medicine, teaching, and business. The eligible professions are outlined in the treaty, and the list is relatively extensive;

Eligibility Criteria: To qualify for a TN visa, applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Be a citizen of Canada or Mexico.
  • Have a job offer in the United States in an eligible profession.
  • Possess the necessary qualifications and credentials for the job, such as a relevant degree or professional certification.
  • The position must be temporary, and the applicant must intend to return to their home country when the TN visa status expires.
Job Offer: A key requirement for the TN visa is a job offer from a U.S. employer. The employer must submit a petition on the applicant's behalf to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at a designated port of entry;

Duration: TN visa holders can initially be admitted for up to three years, and the status can be extended in three-year increments with no maximum limit. However, the employment must remain temporary in nature;

Family Members: Spouses and dependent children of TN visa holders can apply for TD (Trade Dependent) visas, allowing them to accompany the TN visa holder to the United States. While they can live in the U.S., TD visa holders are generally not permitted to work;

Renewal: TN visa holders can apply for renewal as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria. It's essential to maintain documentation of the temporary and non-immigrant nature of the employment.

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It's important to note that the TN visa application process and requirements can vary depending on the specific profession and the U.S. port of entry where the individual is seeking admission. Given the complexity of the TN visa process, Kananchuk Law Office can help you ensure that you meet all the necessary requirements and navigate the application process successfully. Contact us to discuss your specific situation.

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