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TN visa under NAFTA for Canadian and Mexican professionals.

TN visas.

Professionals from Mexico and Canada can obtain TN visas based on the North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement a citizen of a NAFTA country may work in a professional occupation in another NAFTA country provided that:

  1. The profession is on the NAFTA list.

  2. The alien possesses the specific criteria for that profession.

  3. The prospective position requires someone in that professional capacity.

  4. The alien is going to work for a US employer. The spouse and unmarried, minor children of the principal alien are entitled to the derivative status, but they are unable to accept employment in the United States. Aliens entering under this classification are considered non-immigrants.

The requirements for Canadians and Mexicans wishing to enter the US on the TN visa are not the same.

Citizens of Canada must provide the following at the port of entry:

  1. A request for TN status.

  2. A copy of the applicant's college degree and employment records which establish qualification for the prospective job.

  3. A letter from the alien's prospective U.S.-based employer offering him or her a job in the US, which is included on the professional job series (NAFTA list).

  4. A fee of U.S. $50.00.

Canadian citizens are not required to obtain a visa, but instead receive TN status with the USCIS at the port of entry. The TN status will only be granted if the period of stay is temporary.

The requirements for TN visa for Mexican citizens are as follows:

  1. First, the prospective employer must file a labor condition application.

  2. Then, the applicant's prospective employer must file an I-129 Petition For Non-Immigrant Workers with the USCIS.

  3. After the petition has been approved, the alien must apply for a non-immigrant visa at a US Embassy or Consulate in Mexico.

Extensions of TN visas.

Requirements for Canadians and Mexicans wishing to renew their "TN" status are not the same. Applications for extension of stay are processed by the USCIS.

Canadian citizens have two options. They may have their employer file an I-129 form at the closest regional USCIS office. This option does not require leaving the U.S. Second, Canadians may return to Canada to re-apply at the port of entry with the same documentation that is required for an original application.

Mexican citizens must have their employers renew their labor certification and file another I-129 with their regional USCIS office in order to extend their stay. Fore more information about the TN Work Visa, it is recommended to download the TN Work Visa Application Guide.

NAFTA Professional Job Series List:

Profession minimum education requirements and alternative credentials.

Accountant Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or C.P.A., C.A., C.G.A., or C.M.A.
Architect Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license
Computer Systems Analyst Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or Post-Secondary Diploma or Post Secondary Certificate and three years experience
Disaster Relief Insurance Claims Adjuster (Claims Adjuster employed by an insurance company located in the territory of a Party, or an independent claims adjuster) Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree and successful completion of training in the appropriate areas of insurance adjustment pertaining to disaster relief claims; or three years experience in claims adjustment and successful completion of training in the appropriate areas of insurance adjustment pertaining to disaster relief claims
Economist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Engineer Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license
Forester Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license
Graphic Designer Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or post-secondary diploma and three years experience
Hotel Manager Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree in hotel/restaurant management; or post-secondary diploma or post-secondary certificate in hotel/restaurant management and three years experience in hotel/restaurant management
Industrial Designer Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or post-secondary diploma or post-secondary certificate, and three years experience
Interior Designer Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or post-secondary diploma or post-secondary certificate, and three years experience
Land Surveyor Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree or state/provincial/federal license
Landscape Architect Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Lawyer (including Notary in the province of Quebec) L.L.B., J.D., L.L.L., B.C.L., or Licenciatura degree (five years); or membership in a state/provincial bar
Librarian M.L.S. or B.L.S. (for which another Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree was prerequisite)
Management Consultant Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or equivalent professional experience as established by statement or professional credential attesting to five years experience as a management consultant , or five years experience in a field of specialty related to the consulting agreement
Mathematician (including statistician) Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Range Manager/Range Conservationist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Research Assistant (working in a post-secondary educational institution) Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Scientific Technician/ Technologist Possession of (a) theoretical knowledge of any of the following disciplines: agricultural sciences, astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, forestry, geology, geophysics, meteorology, or physics; and (b) the ability to solve practical problems in any of those disciplines, or the ability to apply principles of any of those disciplines to basic or applied research
Social Worker Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Sylviculturist (including forestry) Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Technical Publications Writer Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree, or post-secondary diploma or post-secondary certificate, and three years experience
Urban Planner (including Geographer) Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Vocational Counselor Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Medical professionals.

Dentist D.D.S., D.M.D., Doctor en Odontologia or Doctor en Cirugia Dental or state/provincial license
Dietitian Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license
Medical Laboratory Technologist (Canada)/Medical Technologist (Mexico and the United States) Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or post secondary diploma or post secondary certificate, and three years experience
Nutritionist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Occupational Therapist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state provincial license
Pharmacist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state provincial license
Physician (teaching or research only) M.D., Doctor en Medicina; or state/provincial license
Physiotherapist/Physical Therapist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license
Psychologist State/provincial license; or Licenciatura degree
Recreational Therapist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Registered Nurse State/provincial license or Licenciatura degree
Veterinarian D.V.M., D.M.V., or Doctor en Veterinaria; or state/provincial license

Scientists.

Agricultural (Agronomist) Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Animal Breeder Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Animal Scientist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Apiculturist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Astronomer Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Biochemist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Chemist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Dairy Scientist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Entomologist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Epidemiologist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Geneticist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Geochemist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Geophysicist (including Oceanographer in Mexico and the United States) Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Horticulturist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Meteorologist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Pharmacologist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Physicist (including Oceanographer in Canada) Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Plant Breeder Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Poultry Scientist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Soil Scientist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Zoologist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Teachers.

College Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Seminary Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
University Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

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