As an employer, facilitating the TN visa process for your prospective employee involves several steps. First, ensure that the job offer aligns with the approved professions under NAFTA and that the role requires a NAFTA professional. Once you’ve confirmed this, you can extend a formal job offer to the candidate.
The next step is drafting a detailed employment letter. This should include the professional capacity in which the employee will be working, the purpose of their employment, their qualifications, and the length of their stay. Be as specific as possible to avoid any ambiguity.
Once your prospective employee has accepted the offer, assist them in gathering the necessary documentation. This typically includes their passport, employment letter, academic qualifications, and any other relevant credentials.
If you’re hiring a Mexican citizen, the process will require additional steps. After gathering all the necessary documents, the prospective employee must complete the online DS-160 form, pay the application fee, and schedule an appointment at a U.S. embassy or consulate for a visa interview.
Upon the employee’s arrival in the U.S., ask them to complete the I-9 work authorization check as soon as they start. Also, ensure that their I-94 indicates the proper date granted.
Remember, the TN visa is temporary, and it doesn’t lead directly to permanent residence. So, be mindful of the visa’s expiration date and start the renewal process well ahead of time to prevent any disruption in employment.
By following these steps, employers can effectively navigate the TN visa process and bring skilled professionals from Canada and Mexico into their U.S. operations.