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What is a TN visa?

The USMCA, which substituted the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), created special economic and trade relationships for the United States, Canada and Mexico and authorized nonimmigrant NAFTA Professional (TN) visas for citizens of Canada and Mexico to work in the United States as NAFTA professionals. This visa status is available only for specific professional occupations and only to citizens of Mexico and Canada.

Obtaining an TN visa

An advantage of the TN visa is that an application can be made at the port of entry or consulate rather than with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This can save time and money when you need to hire a worker quickly.

TN Term

TN visas are issued for three years, and there is no limit to how many times the visa can be renewed.

TN Dependents

Spouses and unmarried children under 21 accompanying a TN will be admitted under a TD status. Spouses and children will not be allowed to work but may attend school full-time while in a TD status.

It’s crucial to seek the counsel of an experienced immigration lawyer if your company wants to hire a foreign worker with a certain set of abilities from Canada or Mexico. Our experienced Houston, Texas immigration attorneys help businesses secure TN visas while assuring compliance with U.S. immigration regulations.

If you are in need of a US work visa or permanent residency, speak with one of our immigration lawyers. Please contact us online, call our Houston business immigration attorney office directly at 713-953-7787, or schedule a consultation.