What is a TN Visa?
A TN visa allows qualified Canadian and Mexican citizens to seek temporary entry into the United States to engage in business activities at a professional level. A TN Visa is similar to an H-1B visa except that it is only available to persons from Canada and Mexico.
Who is eligible for a TN Visa?
Among the types of professionals who are eligible to seek admission as TN nonimmigrants are accountants, engineers, lawyers, pharmacists, scientists, and teachers. In order to be eligible for a TN visa, you must show that you are a citizen of Canada and Mexico and that you have a pre-arranged job in the U.S. in one of the qualifying fields. You must also demonstrate that you have the professional qualifications appropriate to this sort of position.
Where do I apply for a TN Visa?
While Mexicans must apply for a TN Visa at a U.S. consulate, Canadians can apply by presenting the appropriate documentation to U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the U.S. border.
How do I know if my job offer qualifies me for a TN Visa?
In order for your job offer to qualify you for a TN Visa, the job must fall under the list of professions recognized under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The list of professions recognized is available here: http://canada.usembassy.gov/visas/doing-business-in-america/professions-covered-by-nafta.html.
Where can I get help applying for a TN Visa?
Applying for a TN Visa can be a complicated process. If you would like assistance, please contact John L. Wheaton, Attorney at Law at 206-829-8214.