The North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) qualifies persons of Canadian and Mexican nationality to hold the TN nonimmigrant visa. The TN visa is only available for specific categories of workers. The TN visa allows Canadian nationals to apply for the visa directly at what is designated as a “Class A” port of entry. Unlike other visa classifications, there is no limit on the number of years an individual can remain in TN status, as long as they continue to maintain and demonstrate “nonimmigrant intent” and the intent to return to their home country at the end of their authorized period of stay in the United States.
Section D of-Annex 1603 of NAFTA designates several categories of professional workers who can temporarily enter the United States to engage in professional business activities with a specific employer. In order to be classified as TN professional under NAFTA, the applicant is required to possess at least a Bachelor’s degree or other appropriate credentials (as provided for in Annex 1603) for the profession in question. TN status is normally given for a period of up to one year and may be extended on a yearly basis.
Below is a listing of professions that are eligible for TN classification:
Computer systems analyst
Disaster relief insurance personnel
Research Assistant (in post-secondary educational institution)
Teacher (college, University, seminary)
Technical Publications Writer
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