Obtaining status as a NAFTA TN Business Visitor
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) allows citizens of participating countries to work temporarily in another NAFTA country. TN NAFTA visas are issued to qualifying professional workers from Canada and Mexico.
In order to qualify for a TN NAFTA visa,
The process of applying for a TN NAFTA visa is different depending on the applicant’s country of origin.
Upon entering the United States, applicants from Canada must provide
Canadian citizens are not required to obtain a visa for temporary work in the United States. Qualifying applicants are granted TN status at their point of entry into the country.
Extensions of TN status for a Canadian citizen may be obtained in either of two ways. The worker’s employer may file for an extension at a regional BCIS office, or the worker may return to the point of entry through which he or she first entered the country and re-apply using the same documents as before.
The requirements for citizens of Mexico include the following:
Extensions of TN status for a Mexican citizen may be obtained only when the employer renews the Labor Certification and files a new Petition for Non-Immigrant Workers.
Spouses of TN visa holders are granted TD visas for the duration of the worker’s stay in the United States, but they are not permitted to work. TD visas are also issued to the unmarried children of TN visa holders, so long as they are under the age of 21. Children are permitted to attend school while in the United States.
Other qualifications for NAFTA business visitors
Activities in which holders of NAFTA business visitor visas engage typically include the following: