The TN non-immigration visa classification arose from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which created special economic and trade relationships for the United States, Canada and Mexico. TN visas permit qualified Canadian and Mexican professionals including, but not limited to, accountants, engineers, lawyers, pharmacists, scientists, and teachers, to seek temporary entry into the United States for the purpose of engaging in business activities.
To qualify for TN classification, a foreign national must:
- Be a citizen of Canada or Mexico;
- Have a profession that qualifies under the regulations;
- Have a prearranged full-time or part-time job with a U.S. employer
- Have the qualifications to practice in the profession in question.
Canadian citizens do not need to apply for a TN visa but may be admitted at certain U.S ports of entry by presenting the required documentation to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer which may include:
- Proof of Canadian citizenship;
- Letter from a prospective employer with specific details including the purpose of employment, the length of stay, and the applicant’s educational qualifications
- Credentials evaluation (if applicable), together with any applicable fees.
Upon approval, TN visa recipients are granted a 3- year stay period and may thereafter apply for an extension of status. Spouses and unmarried children under 21 may accompany TV visa holders and may attend school or college but are not authorized to work in the United States.
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Gold Law Group assists clients with a wide variety of business-related immigration matters including TN visas. If you are a Mexican or Canadian national interested in applying for a TN visa, or if you are a U.S employer wishing to file a TN visa petition on behalf of a Mexican or Canadian national, please call 323.394.1281 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
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