A TN Visa is for the citizens of Canada and Mexico who wish to come to the US for employment under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It is not uncommon for TN Visas to get denied. It is important to understand the eligibility requirements of a TN Visa to avoid getting denied.
What Are the Requirements for a TN Visa?
To be eligible for a TN Visa, you must meet the following requirements:
Be a citizen of Canada or Mexico
Work in a profession approved by NAFTA
Be employed in an approved position under NAFTA
Be employed full-time or part-time job by a US employer
Have the required qualifications for the position
Meet the required qualification requirements or have alternative credentials required by the NAFTA
Have former work experience in the same occupation
Have a strong connection to your home country
What Is the Application Process for Canadian Citizens?
Canadian citizens can apply for a TN Visa at the US port of entry by providing the following documents:
- Request for admission to Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection under TN status
- Employment Letter – Evidence of professional employment
- Proof of professional qualifications, for example, transcripts of grades, licenses, certificates, degrees, and/or records of previous employment
- Proof of ability to meet the license requirements, if required
- Proof of Canadian citizenship such as a Canadian passport, as visas are not required, or they may have a birth certificate.
However, Canadian citizens from outside the Western Hemisphere are required to present a valid passport at the port of entry.
What Is the Application Process of Mexican Citizens?
Mexican citizens are required to apply for a TN Visa at their nearest US consulate. They will be required to attend an interview appointment. They must provide the following documents at their initial interview:
- Completed Form DS-160, Nonimmigrant Visa Application
- A valid passport with a validity of at least 6 months that will last beyond your intended stay in the US
- 1 photograph according to the required standard. It will not be required if applying in Mexico
- A letter of employment from a US-based employer which includes the position that will be occupied by the applicant consistent with the NAFTA Chapter 16, Annex 1603, Appendix 1603.d.1.
- The letter should also include details of business activities, activities that are required of the applicant, the purpose of entry, educational credentials according to the professional requirements, evidence of compliance with DHS regulations, arrangement of pay and proof of license if required
- Demonstrate intention for temporary employment
- Evidence of employment in a pre-arranged activity for the concerned employer under the NAFTA program
- Evidence of qualification
- Length of stay