Canada, Mexico, and the United States have a special trade agreement to allow qualified nationals to temporarily work in the participating countries. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is the basis for the TN NAFTA Professionals Visa. The TN Visa allows Canadian and Mexican nationals (citizens or permanent residents) to work and stay in the US for up to 3 years.
It is important to understand the benefits and disadvantages of applying for a TN Visa status.
What Are the Benefits of Applying for a TN Visa to the US?
If you are a Canadian national, then you do not need to apply for a TN Visa at a US embassy or consulate. You can simply apply for TN classification when entering the US at a designated Port of Entry (POE), given that you present all the required documents to the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials.
The TN Visa status covers a designated range of professionals including economists, foresters, hotel managers, dietitians, etc. You must present proof of education, qualifications or membership in a professional group, etc to qualify for a TN Visa. You must also have a valid job offer from a US employer for a full-time or part-time job in an eligible NAFTA profession.
The TN Visa also allows you to add your accompanying spouse and dependent children on your application to allow them to accompany you during your stay in the US.