TN Visa Lawyer
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), made between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, expedites work authorizations for professionals from these countries into another NAFTA member country via the TN visa.
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What Is a TN Visa?
TN stands for “Trade NAFTA.” A TN visa is a non-immigration employment visa designed specifically for Canadian and Mexican citizens. While NAFTA is now known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement, the old moniker remains for this visa type.
Eligibility for a TN visa is limited to citizens of Canada or Mexico whose profession is on the NAFTA list. These professions include medical professionals, scientists, teachers, and other occupations ranging from accountant to vocational counselor.
While certain exceptions apply, the entry-level requirement for a TN visa is the successful completion of a baccalaureate degree.
While the initial stay for a TN visa is up to three years, extensions are a possibility by reapplying for the visa.
The TN Visa Process
The TN visa process differs for Canadian and Mexican applicants. Canadians can apply for a TN visa upon arrival at a U.S. Customs point of entry, or have their employer submit the TN application along with Form 129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, to the U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services (USCIS). If choosing the latter option, you can seek entry after approval at a U.S. Customs point of entry.
Mexican citizens must submit their paperwork to the U.S. Embassy or consulate along with Form DS-160, the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application. After that, you must attend an interview and receive a visa number. At that point, you may seek to enter the U.S. at a point of entry.
TN Visa Requirements
You must provide proof of Canadian or Mexican citizenship, such as your passport. You must also prove you meet the educational requirements necessary for the job.
Note that permanent residents of Mexico or Canada are ineligible for a TN visa, as it applies only to citizens.
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TN Visa Processing Time
Expect your TN visa processing time to take between two and four months. However, your employer can pay for premium processing, currently a $2,500 fee, and your TN visa will be expedited within 15 calendar days.
TN Visa Employer Requirements
The TN visa applicant must work in a prearranged part-time or full-time job for an employer. Self-employed professionals are not eligible for a TN visa.
Applicants must meet all professional requirements for such jobs, and the position itself must require a NAFTA professional.
The employer must submit a TN support letter outlining the job, stating the NAFTA profession, listing the qualifications and length of employment, and stating basic information such as compensation.
While in the U.S., you can only work for the employer listed on your visa application. If you want to switch employers, you must receive sponsorship from the new employer and reapply for the TN visa.
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