TN Visa Business Immigration Lawyer

TN Visa Requirements

Through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a unique visa, the TN visa, was added to the available business immigration law options. In business immigration law these tempory visas are strictly for Canadians and Mexicans professionals who:

  • have at least a bachelor’s degree as a minimum, entry-level requirement for the position sought;
  • are employable in a qualifying occupation under NAFTA; and,
  • show proof of going to work for a US company.

Canadians may request TN entry at the border with proof of Canadian citizenship, a detailed letter from your employer, and, of course, payment of the appropriate fee. Or, employers can file an I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant worker, for the Canadian employee. Showing the approval notice for the I-129 will work in lieu of a detailed letter from your employer.

Comparatively, Mexican citizens must apply for a TN visa through a US consulate abroad. By requiring Mexicans to go through a consular process, the US State Department is involved which requires providing similar, but in some circumstances more information demonstrating eligibility and the increased hurdle of a consulate interview.

The TN visa is a versatile tool US employers can use to quickly fill staffing needs. As always, with any immigration process, invest in your future by talking to and working with a licensed immigration attorney to make sure you are not missing anything and whose job it is to smooth the process as much as possible.

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