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Understanding the TN Visa

The TN visa (Treaty NAFTA Visa) is a valuable immigration option allowing citizens of Canada and Mexico to work in the United States under specific professional categories. Established as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the TN visa facilitates the movement of professionals across borders. This article aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the TN visa, its requirements, benefits, and the application process.

Eligibility Criteria

1. Citizenship

  • Applicants must be citizens of Canada or Mexico.

2. Job Qualification

  • Qualify under a profession listed in the NAFTA agreement.
  • Possess the necessary educational credentials or professional licenses required for the specific profession.

3. Employment Offer

  • Have a job offer from a U.S. employer that falls under the eligible professions.

Benefits of the TN Visa

1. Expedited Process

  • The TN visa process is generally faster compared to other work visa categories.

2. Length of Stay

  • Initially granted for up to three years, it can be renewed indefinitely in three-year increments.

3. Work Flexibility

  • TN visa holders can work for multiple employers simultaneously, provided each job aligns with the approved profession.

4. Dependents’ Benefits

  • Spouses and unmarried children under 21 years old may accompany the TN visa holder under TD status.

Application Process

1. Employer’s Role

  • The U.S. employer initiates the process by offering a job to the Canadian or Mexican citizen.
  • No Labor Condition Application (LCA) or sponsorship is required.

2. Documentation

  • Completed Form DS-160 for non-immigrant visa application.
  • Letter from the U.S. employer detailing the job offer and position’s alignment with a NAFTA profession.
  • Educational credentials or professional licenses proving qualification for the specific profession.

3. Visa Interview

  • Schedule and attend a visa interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate.
  • Provide necessary documentation and answer questions regarding the job offer and qualifications.

4. Entry to the U.S.

  • Upon approval, the TN visa holder can enter the U.S. and start working for the sponsoring employer in the approved profession.

Common Professions Eligible for TN Visa

The NAFTA agreement specifies a list of professions eligible for the TN visa. Some common categories include:

  • Accountant
  • Engineer
  • Management Consultant
  • Scientific Technician/Technologist
  • Medical/Healthcare Professional
  • Computer Systems Analyst

Renewal and Extension

TN visa holders can apply for extensions in three-year increments. Renewals require the applicant to continue meeting the eligibility criteria and providing evidence of ongoing employment in the approved profession.

Assistance with TN Visa

Embarking on the journey toward a TN visa or any U.S. immigration process can be complex. An immigration lawyer can serve as your invaluable guide, navigating the intricacies of the application, ensuring compliance, and advocating for your best interests. Get in touch with an experienced immigration lawyer today to streamline your TN visa application and embark on your professional journey in the United States with confidence!

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