TN Visas for Canadian and Mexican Citizens – An Overview

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:

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.