Understanding TN / NAFTA Visas
Immigration Attorney in Ohio
Since January 1, 1994, the governments of the United States, Canada, and
Mexico have all participated in the North American Free Trade Agreement
(NAFTA). This economic treaty was executed with the purpose of removing
tariffs and other barriers to the flow of trade and investment among the
three member countries on the promise that this would foster greater prosperity
for the citizens within the free trade region. One of the results of the
implementation of NAFTA is that it creates a unique type of non-immigrant
visa for Mexican and Canadian citizens who want to work in the U.S. on
a temporary basis.
What is TN non-immigrant status?
If you are planning to travel to the United States in order to participate
in a prearranged business activity on a part- or full-time basis, then
you may be eligible for the TN non-immigrant visa. You must be a citizen
of either Canada or Mexico and must work in one of the professions included
in the NAFTA regulations. The position you are planning to fill must be
one that requires a NAFTA professional, and you must possess all of the
necessary qualifications of your position. Under most circumstances, you
will have to attend an interview with an official at the U.S. Embassy
Once approved, you may be permitted to stay in the United States for a
period of up to three years, though it is possible to file for an
extension of stay. Your spouse and any unmarried children under the age of 21 can
apply for TD status, which would allow them to accompany you or come to
join you during your stay in this country. They can study during this
time but will not be permitted to work. Generally, the eligibility requirements
for Mexican citizens are stricter than those for Canadians, as Canadians
can typically enter this country without a visa.
Assistance with the Visa Application
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