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4 Things You Need to Know About TN Visas


Canadians and Mexican citizens can come to the United States to work in certain specialty occupations with a TN visa. If you are from Canada or Mexico and you want to work in the United States by obtaining a TN visa, here are some things you should know before applying.

#1: The Job You Work For Must Fall Under the NAFTA Professional List

Not any worker qualifies for a TN visa. Employees must fall under the NAFTA professional list to qualify for a TN visa. Below we have put together a list of some of the most popular jobs listed under NAFTA:

  • Accountant
  • Engineer
  • Registered Nurse
  • Professor
  • Lawyer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Landscape Architect
  • Dentist
  • And more

It is important to note that job titles do not need to match the NAFTA categories exactly. However, they need to have a close resemblance to a NAFTA category to get approved for a TN visa.

#2: TN Applications Can Get Rejected

Although it is unlikely that a strong TN application will be rejected, it is important to know that some applicants are not granted a TN visa. To increase your chances of obtaining a TN visa, you should have an experienced attorney review your application to determine if you have all the variables you need to help you obtain your desired outcome.

#3: TN Visas Are Temporary

TN visas are valid for up to three years at a time but can be renewed indefinitely. To continue renewing your visa, you will still need to meet the qualifications listed above and prove that you don’t have immigrant intent.

#4: TN Visas Require an Employer to Submit Paperwork

Although TN visas aren’t like traditional sponsorship visas, it will require the employer hiring the Canadian or Mexican worker to do minimal work for the employer to help them achieve TN status. The employer will also need to submit applications for TN visa renewals.

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