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TN Visa Requirements and Eligibility

TN Visa Requirements And Eligibility

In 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was implemented between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. As part of NAFTA, the TN Visa program was created to allow professionals from Canada and Mexico to enter the United States, in order to engage in employment and professional level business activities. 

What is a TN Visa?

Who is eligible for a TN Visa?

A person qualifies for a TN visa when they meet the following requirements

How long does a TN Visa last?

A TN visa is generally granted for an initial period of  three years. However, at the discretion of the CBP officer, it can be given for a shorter period. If the TN visa holder is present in the United States and maintaining their status, Applicants or employers can file for an extension using form I-129, without the TN visa holder having to return to their country of citizenship. However, if a TN visa holder is from Mexico, and the TN visa has been extended, and the visa holder  travels abroad, they, along with any dependents,may need to apply for a new TN/TD visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate in Mexico before returning to the U.S.  

How does a professional get a TN Visa to work in the United States?

The procedure for obtaining a TN visa is different for citizens of Canada than it is for citizens of Mexico. For Canadian citizens, there are two paths for getting a TN visa and entering the United States

CBP will review the documents and grant a TN visa at that time.

The U.S. State Department will review the application and grant the TN visa. 

How can an immigration attorney help?

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