What is a TN Visa?


The TN Visa, also known as a NAFTA Professional Visa, offers citizens of Mexico and Canada a straightforward path to live and work temporarily in the United States. It is one of the fastest nonimmigrant visas available, as expedited processing takes just 15 days.

Spouses and children under 21 who wish to accompany a TN visa holder may obtain a TD Visa. A TD visa is similar, but it does not allow the visa holder to work.

It is important to note that a TN visa is a non-immigrant visa, which means it will not directly lead to either permanent residency or a green card. It may indirectly form a stepping stone to a more permanent visa; if, for example, you end up marrying a United States citizen. However, you will have to prove that you did not defraud USCIS or CBP by indicating you intended your stay to be a temporary one when you originally applied.

It lasts for three years, but you may renew the visa indefinitely if you remain in the same position with the same employer. 

Eligibility Requirements

You may qualify for a TN visa if:

  • You have a job offer in the United States for a NAFTA-approved profession
  • You must prove you meet the educational requirements for the profession
  • You must prove you meet the experience requirements for your profession

Your employer must file a Form I-129 on your behalf. In addition, TN visas are tied to specific job titles and employers. If you change jobs, you’ll need to apply for a new TN visa, and you may need to leave the United States while you wait for approval temporarily. Most employers who file NAFTA professionals are already aware of these requirements and will be prepared for the necessary delays. 

Once USCIS receives your application, you will need to attend an interview at your local US Embassy and provide documentation of your professional credentials and your job offer. 

Get Help Today

While obtaining a TN visa is relatively straightforward, it’s still wise to have an experienced immigration attorney guide you through the process. This can help you avoid delays or denials.

If you are an employer who wishes to hire a NAFTA professional, consider turning to our office for help in smoothing and shortening the process.

As an immigration law office familiar with TN visas, we can help ensure all of the paperwork is correct and the process is smooth so that work can begin as quickly as possible. To avoid potential issues, contact our office to schedule a consultation ASAP.

See also:

Who is Responsible for Paying Employment Visa Fees? 

Is It Possible to Get a Work Visa Without a Sponsorship?

5 Steps to a Smoother Immigration Process


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