TN Nonimmigrant Status for Citizens of Canada and Mexico
The TN (Trade NAFTA) nonimmigrant classification was created under the North American Free Trade Agreement to provide for admission of Canadian and Mexican citizens coming to the U.S. to engage in professional activities.
TN status is available only to citizens of Mexico and Canada (not landed immigrants). Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) a citizen of a NAFTA country may work in a professional occupation in another NAFTA country provided that:
The requirements for Canadians and Mexicans wishing to enter under this classification are not the same. Citizens of Canada must provide the following at a U.S. port-of-entry:
Applicants for TN status maybe be admitted to the U.S. for up to three years. TN status may be extended indefinitely in three-year increments either through a new application at a U.S. port-of-entry, or through a petition filing with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Citizens of Mexico must apply for a TN visa at a U.S. Consulate outside the United States. The application must include:
Applicants for TN status maybe be admitted to the U.S. for up to three years.
Citizens of Mexico may apply for extensions of TN status at a U.S. Consulate outside the United States, or through a petition filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The spouse and unmarried, minor children of the principal TN beneficiary are entitled to derivative TD status, but they are unable to accept employment in the United States. If a dependent of a Canadian citizen does not hold Canadian citizenship, he or she must apply for a TD visa stamp at a U.S. Consulate prior to seeking admission to the U.S.
Additional information on the TN nonimmigrant classification can be found on the following U.S. government agency websites:
U.S. Department of State: Visas for Mexican and Canadian NAFTA Professional Workers (click here)
USCIS: TN NAFTA Professionals (click here)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Nonimmigrant Trade NAFTA Professional (TN) (click here)
Last Updated: 12/11/14