TN Visa

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) creates special economic and trade relationships for the U.S., Canada and Mexico. 


TN Visa grants a beneficiary nonimmigrant status and allows professionals from Canada and Mexico to work in the U.S. 


Mexican professionals must obtain a TN visa at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy to enter the U.S. 


Canadian professionals can request TN status at a U.S. port of entry


Only temporary entry into the U.S. is granted with this visa specifically for designated business activities.


Only Mexican and Canadian citizens are eligible for a TN visa. Permanent residents in these countries do not qualify. 


Only certain types of professionals are also eligible for TN status. These professionals include:



Apart from being a Canadian or Mexican citizen, the following general requirements apply for TN visas:

1) Your profession must qualify as a NAFTA profession. This means your profession must be on the NAFTA list.
2) The business you wish to engage in must require a NAFTA professional.
3) You have the qualifications to practice in the profession you are applying for.
4) You have a pre-arranged job with a U.S. employer.


Self-Employed Professionals do not qualify for TN Visas.

The maximum time period a TN visa can be granted for is 3 years. Depending on the situation, TN visas can be extended every 3 years.


If you or someone you know wishes to apply for a TN Visa, reach out to an experienced Immigration lawyer to learn more.