TN Status - NAFTA

Kevin Brady, Denicola, Linda L.  |  8/16/2006 2:09:09 AM

NAFTA is the North American Free Trade Agreement which creates special economic and trade relationships for the United States, Canada and Mexico. The nonimmigrant NAFTA Professional (TN) visa allows citizens of Canada and Mexico, as NAFTA professionals to work in the United States.


Highlights of the TN Visa Classification
  • Performs professional services for a specific employer for a fixed period of time (up to three years at a time)
  • The job must be one which is included on the list of professions under NAFTA, appendix 1603-D.1 and must posess the necessary credentials to be considered a professional in one of the 1603-D.1 fields. 
  • May receive compensation only from the employer through who the status was obtained
  • Dependents are issued TD status and are not authorized to work unless they are independently qualified. 


Dates to Monitor

  1. Expiration date of Form I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record)
    • Extensions should be processed approximately four to six months in advance.  (Use the instructions below to assist in processing an extension.)  Employee may instead exit the United States and re-enter on a new TN visa.
    • If employment will end, process a separation form.
  2. I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) expiration date


Processing Instructions

  • Instructions for Obtaining TN Status - PDF
  • Instructions for Extension of TN Status - PDF


For additional information, follow this link to the TN-NAFTA section of the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Servcies (USCIS) website.

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