A TN visa is a nonimmigrant visa and is an abbreviation of Trade NAFTA. It is a visa that allows citizens of Mexico and Canada, as NAFTA professionals, to work in the United States in prearranged business activities for the United States or foreign employers. It is a special classification that is part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which created special economic and trade relationships.
In order to qualify for a TN visa, you must intend to perform business activities in the United States at a professional level. You must be a citizen from Canada or Mexico and must be skilled in a profession. Some examples of qualifying professions include:
Your profession must qualify under regulations, and the position available in the United States must require a NAFTA professional. You must have a prearranged full-time or part-time job with a United States employer. Self-employment does not count. You must also have all of the necessary qualifications to work in your profession.
A TN visa is not dual intent, which means that you could face future travel consequences if you file for a green card while under this status. If you intend to apply for a green card, it is recommended that you seek another type of visa.
The initial period for a TN visa is three years. The visa holder can then apply for extensions on the visa in three-year increments. There is an unlimited number of extensions available.
TN visa holders may be accompanied by their spouses and children under the age of 21. These individuals would obtain a TD visa, which is a nonimmigrant dependent visa. Dependents are not required to be citizens of Mexico or Canada. Dependents are not authorized to work in the United States, but they can attend school.
If you’re interested in exploring your visa options, you should consult with an experienced immigration attorney. At Serving Immigrants, Inc., we have the experience and the knowledge to guide you through the process. Contact us online or call us at (305) 907-6151 to schedule a consultation.