TN Visa Requirements under NAFTA

There are certain requirements that a Canadian citizen needs to meet first to qualify for TN Visa status as specified by the North American Free Trade (NAFTA). Special trade and economic relationships were created by NAFTA for the United States, Canada and Mexico, which allow citizens of Canada and Mexico to seek temporary entry into the U.S. for engaging in business as non-immigrants in professional level.

To qualify for TN Visa status, a Canadian citizen must meet the following requirements:

  • Canadian citizenship
  • A profession under the TN Visa NAFTA regulations
  • Qualifications for the TN Visa profession applied for
  • Position offered by a U.S. employer which requires a TN Visa NAFTA professional to fill the position
  • A prearranged part-time or full-time employment with a U.S. employer

TN Visa Criteria of Eligibility for Canadian citizens

A Canadian citizen is not required to process the TN visa application through U.S. consulate or to file a petition through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The request for admission as TN Visa non-immigrant can be done at a U.S. port of entry. The following documentation must be provided:

TN Visa Offer Letter from U.S. Employer

Offer letter from prospective employer in the U.S. which include detailed information such as employment purpose, professional capacity, educational qualifications and length of stay in the U.S.
Credentials evaluation (if applicable)

If your application, along with supporting documentation is properly presented to the U.S. Customs and Border Officer and you’re eligible for TN Visa status, you will be granted entry into the U.S. as TN Visa non-immigrant. The evidence of your admission will be the Form I-94 and your Arrival/Departure Record.

Initial TN Visa Application

Each initial TN visa application must be personally submitted at a U.S. port of entry or pre-flight inspection. Since the TN visa requires minimal fees and is issued on the spot, it has become the most preferred visa for both employees and employers.

TN Visa Period of Stay

An initial one (1) day to three (3) year period of stay is granted to TN Visa status holders and the TN visa can be renewed as long as your services are required by your TN Visa employer to whom the TN visa is tied.

TN Visa Extension of Stay

Extension of stay requires the same process and documentation used at your initial entry to the U.S. While the initial TN Visa application needs to be submitted in person, the extension of stay can be submitted to a U.S. service center. This process is preferred by TN Visa status holders who want to avoid in-person processing for extension of stay in the U.S.

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