TN NAFTA PROFESSIONALS
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) created special economic and trade relationships for the United States, Canada and Mexico. The TN non-immigrant classification permits qualified Canadian and Mexican citizens to seek temporary entry into the United States to engage in business activities at a professional level.
Among the types of professionals who are eligible to seek admission as TN non-immigrants are accountants, engineers, lawyers, pharmacists, scientists, and teachers. You may be eligible for TN non-immigrant status, if:
- You are a citizen of Canada or Mexico
- Your profession qualifies under the regulations
- The position in the United States requires a NAFTA professional
- You have a prearranged full-time or part-time job with a U.S. employer (but not self-employment)
- You have the qualifications to practice in the requisite profession
|Spouse or Dependents||Need a Visa?||Must Show||Where to apply for admission to the U.S.|
|Not citizens of Canada or Mexico||Depends.|
Check with the U.S. Department of State to determine whether a visa is required and if so, to learn how to apply for a visa.
|At a CBP- designated U.S. port of entry or at a designated pre-clearance/pre-flight inspection station.|
|Canadian citizens||No visa required|
| At a CBP-designated U.S. port of entry or at a designated pre-clearance/pre-flight inspection station.|
|Mexican citizens||Yes, must apply for a TD nonimmigrant visa at an American embassy or consulate||Proof the TN nonimmigrant is maintaining his or her TN nonimmigrant status.||At a CBP-designated U.S. port of entry or at a designated pre-clearance/pre-flight inspection station.|