TN Visa

TN Visa permit is the type of non-immigrant visa only for professionals from Canada and Mexico. NAFTA is an acronym that symbolizes the North American Free Trade Agreement.

What Is TN Visa

The United States, in partnership with the North American countries of Mexico and Canada, established NAFTA to strengthen ties among American nations. The NAFTA Visa, or TN Visa, temporarily permits Canadian and Mexican citizens engaged in accepted NAFTA professions to reside and seek employment in the United States. There is no annual quota for the TN Visa. Meaning, all qualifying candidates have an equal chance of being granted a visa.

The United States, in partnership with the North American countries of Mexico and Canada, established NAFTA to strengthen ties among American nations. The NAFTA Visa, or TN Visa, temporarily permits Canadian and Mexican citizens engaged in accepted NAFTA professions to reside and seek employment in the United States. There is no annual quota for the TN Visa. Meaning, all qualifying candidates have an equal chance of being granted a visa.

What Does It Mean To Have A TN Visa in the U.S.?

TN Visa permit is the type of non-immigrant visa only for professionals from Canada and Mexico. NAFTA is an acronym that symbolizes the North American Free Trade Agreement. This agreement was established to ascertain unique financial and business ties among the three countries – the United States, Canada, and Mexico. While only people from Canada and Mexico are permitted a TN Visa, not all nationals  of these nations are eligible for it. The list of eligible candidates includes 60 professionals, including accountants, researchers, scientists, engineers, attorneys, doctors, and educators and more.

Criteria and Documents Required for a TN Visa

To be qualified for the TN visa, you should meet a specific set of conditions. These include general, academic, professional experience and certain other standards for medical professionals.

The following constitute the standard conditions for obtaining a TN visa:

  • The candidate should be a Canadian or Mexican national.
  • The person must work in a NAFTA-approved profession.
  • The applicant should have a permanent or temporary employment agreement with a bonafide company in the United States.
  • The employment position posting should state a vacancy for a NAFTA worker. The candidate should meet every educational, training, and work experience criteria.
  • The applicant should have an intention of returning to their country once the visa terminates.

Apart from fulfilling all the above criteria, the applicant should also have all the necessary certifications, academic qualifications, and work experience.

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Documents needed For Canadian Citizens to apply for a TN Visa

If you are a Canadian citizen, then you are not required to apply for a TN visa at a U.S. consulate. You may establish eligibility for TN classification at the time you seek admission to the United States by presenting required documentation to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at certain CBP-designated U.S. ports of entry or at a designated pre-clearance/pre-flight inspection station.

One should present the following documents at the border checkpoint:

  • Original travel documents or identity documents for Canadian citizenship.
  • A statement from a potential US-centered company offering a position in the United States.
  • Graduate diplomas and professional history, demonstrating the suitability for the desired employment role.
  • Evidence of a license to practice the trade or profession.

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TN VISA – FAQ ( FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS )

The primary eligibility criterion for somebody to qualify for a TN visa is to be a Canadian or Mexican professional. The person should have a pre-arranged job offer from an employer. The profession is a consideration that should be part of the NAFTA professional category as the US, Canada, and Mexico are part of the NAFTA agreement. Another eligibility guideline is the person should have the appropriate educational qualification to qualify for the job on offer.

A TN visa holder can stay for one year after the visa is first issued. Every year, one can get an extension because the person maintains their residency in a foreign country and does not intend to stay in the US permanently.

Unlike H1B and most other work visas, getting a TN visa doesn’t require any formal sponsorship from the US employer. There is no requirement for Labour certification from the Department of Labour. As per US-Mexico-Canada Agreement ( USMCA ), the US employer doesn’t need to complete the process of recruitment to hire a TN visa professional. The visa applicant can apply for admission to the US port of entry, US consulate or Embassy. 

Getting a TN visa is inexpensive; one has to pay $56, out of which $50 is filling, and $6 is for the I-94 fee, which one can at the port or border of entry to the US.

Yes, a TN visa holder can apply for a green card. The process takes around 29 – 30 months, but one must maintain their work permit even if the TN has expired before green card issuance

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