TN Free Trade NAFTA Professional
Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), certain citizens of Canada and Mexico are eligible to enter the US under the nonimmigrant TN status. The TN Visa enables Canadian and Mexican citizens to temporarily work in US in a NAFTA-approved professional occupation. The following are the requirements to be eligible for the TN Visa:
Canadian Citizens may apply for the TN-1 Visa, and Mexican citizens may apply for the TN-2 Visa. Please not 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 US 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 US for the duration of the TN Visa holder's stay. They may either accompany the TN Visa holder to the US or come at a later time.
Canadian citizens applying for the TN-1 Visa must provide the following information at a US port of entry:
Canadian citizens need not obtain Labor Certification. They must simply obtain TN status at a port of entry, after sufficiently proving that the proposed stay is of a temporary nature.
Mexican citizens are eligible to apply for the TN-2 Visa. Interested applicants must meet the following requirements: