A Canadian citizen who has a legitimate job offer in the United States must first apply for a TN visa.
The TN visa was originally created by the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA. The TN visa meant to facilitate temporary U.S. employment for eligible Canadian and Mexican citizens. NAFTA was subsequently revised and is now called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement or USMCA, designed to strengthen trade and business ties between the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
TN visa requirements
Accountants, architects, lawyers, doctors, scientists, and teachers are some of the professional types who are qualified to seek admission as TN non-immigrants. You may qualify for TN non-immigrant status, if:
- you are Canadian or Mexican citizen
- you qualify under one of the approved NAFTA professions
- you can prove that the job in the United States calls for a NAFTA professional
- you have prearranged a full-time or part-time job with the U.S. employer (self-employment is not allowed)
- you have the credentials and educational background required for the position
The two types of TN status which professionals can apply for are:
- a TN-1 is for Canadian professionals
- a TN-2 is for Mexican professionals
Applicants must be qualified under one of the listed NAFTA professions and must comply with non-immigrant classifications.
NAFTA Job List
Here is the current full list of professional occupations that meet the TN visa requirements:
- Computer Systems Analyst
- Graphic Designer
- Hotel Manager
- Industrial Designer
- Interior Designer
- Land Surveyor
- Landscape Architect
- Management Consultant
- Range Manager
- Research Assistant
- Scientific Technician
- Social Worker
- Technical Publications Writer
- Urban Planner
- Vocational Counselor
- Medical Laboratory Technologist
- Occupational Therapist
- Recreational Therapist
- Registered Nurse
- Animal Breeder/Scientist
- Dairy Scientist
- Plant Breeder
- Poultry Scientist
- Soil Scientist
- College Professor
- Seminary Professor
- University Professor
It is not easy to determine whether you might qualify as a NAFTA professional by merely looking at the job list. There are job classifications in addition to educational requirements that must be observed. Job titles are usually similar do not necessarily indicate the required responsibilities.
Do not feel disappointed if your job is not included on the list. You may still be considered qualified based on your duties under one of the above professions.
Preparing for your TN visa application
There are various things you must do to guarantee your success in obtaining a TN visa. Before application, you must:
- be certain you have enough qualifications for TN visa consideration
- be sure which NAFTA occupation you are applying under
Make sure your documents are in order when you talk with the Immigration Officer. With your flight departing soon, it will be harrowing indeed if an Officer asks more questions and requests additional documents. You must have everything the Officer might want for so you don’t have to come back with more paper work.
The essential documents needed for your TN visa application include:
- Proof of citizenship
- Your TN visa application letter or a letter from your prospective employer
- Proof that you qualify for the NAFTA occupation you are applying for
- Filing and other applicable fees
How an immigration attorney can help
All visas constitute a substantial investment in time and money whether they are immigrant or non-immigrant. To protect your investment and ensure that you are on the right track, hire an immigration law expert who’ll guide you and help you navigate away from unexpected obstacles.
The team of Richards and Jurusik has extensive experience helping qualified applicants achieve their dreams in the United States through the TN visa.
Regulations and forms are necessary but navigable stops along the immigration highway. From filing the initial petition to dealing with extensions and fees, you can rest easy that your case is in capable hands. You’ll have more time to focus on your plans in the U.S. instead of the immigration process.
Call Richards and Jurusik today at (866) 697-1832 to speak with a qualified U.S. Immigration attorney who can assist you with TN visa processing.