Visa for professionals TN

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) allows citizens from Canada and/or Mexico to work in the United States, and American citizens to work in Canada and/or Mexico, in certain professional occupations. The Treaty National visa (TN) is temporary by design. It can be issued for up to three (3) years and thereafter, can be extended indefinitely from one to three years. There are basically four conditions to this visa:

  1. The profession is recognized under NAFTA. (see list below)
  2. The applicant meets the specific qualifications for that profession.
  3. The prospective position requires someone in that professional capacity.
  4. The applicant has a temporary job offer from a US employer.

If the above conditions are met you can obtain your TN status directly at a Port of Entry or at the airport. Your spouse and dependants can accompany you (children under 21 can go to school) but they will not be authorized to work. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this procedure is automatic. The rules are strict and it is important that you get it right the first time.

When applying for a TN visa you will have to demonstrate strong ties to your home country and the intent to return there after your work is completed.

Our services:

  • Immediate and unlimited free consultation;
  • Evaluate your credentials;
  • Evaluate your job offer;
  • Help your prospective employer in the formulation of your job offer;
  • Provide you with information and assistance to meet licensure requirements for different American professional corporations;
  • Preparation and presentation of the file to be delivered at the US border or at the US service center;
  • Representation at the border (if needed);
  • Coordinate every aspect of the application with the employer.

US Permanent Residency

TN (NAFTA) US visas are considered to be non immigrant intent, which means it will never lead to a Green Card. But all TN professionals can qualify for an International Professional H1B (if they are sponsored by their employer) and this can lead to Permanent Residency/ Green Card.

What makes the H1B so desirable for employers and applicants is that, unlike many other nonimmigrant visa categories, it is a “dual intent” visa (either temporary or permanent resident intent). This means that the H1B holder can apply for a Permanent Residency/Green Card while working under his/her H1B visa. Furthermore, the applicant will be able to extend his/her H1B status while waiting for the Green Card.

For US permanent residency (Green Card):

  1. Help and assist with the Labor Certification Application procedure through the US Department of Labor;
  2. Help and assist with posting requirements;
  3. Petition the United States Citizenship and immigration services (USCIS) to issue the Permanent residency/ Green Card once the US Labor certification’s approved.
  4. Petition for extension of the H1B until the receipt of the Green Card.
  5. Coordinate every aspect of the application with the employer.

Here is a current list of professional occupations along with the educational requirements and alternative credentials required for admission to the United States under the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Accountant

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree; or C.P.A., C.A., C.G.A., or C.M.A.

Architect

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree; or state/provincial license.

Computer Systems Analyst

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree; or Post-Secondary Diploma or Post Secondary Certificate and three years’ experience.

Disaster relief insurance claims adjuster

(claims adjuster employed by an insurance company located in the territory of a Party, or an independent claims adjuster)
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree and successful completion of training in the appropriate areas of insurance adjustment pertaining to disaster relief claims; or three years experience in claims adjustment and successful completion of training in the appropriate areas of insurance adjustment pertaining to disaster relief claims.

Economist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Engineer

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree; or state/provincial license.

Forester

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree; or state/provincial license.

Graphic designer

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree; or post-secondary diploma and three years experience.

Hotel manager

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree in hotel/restaurant management; or post-secondary diploma or post-secondary certificate in hotel/restaurant management and three years experience in hotel/restaurant management.

Industrial designer

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree; or post-secondary diploma or post-secondary certificate, and three years experience.

Interior designer

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree; or post-secondary diploma or post-secondary certificate, and three years experience.

Land surveyor

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree or state/provincial/federal license.

Landscape architect

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Lawyer

(including Notary in the province of Québec)
L.L.B., J.D., L.L.L., B.C.L., or Licenciatura degree (five years); or membership in a state/provincial bar.

Librarian

M.L.S., or B.L.S. (for which another Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree was a prerequisite).

Management consultant

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree; or equivalent professional experience as established by statement or professional credential attesting to five years experience as a management consultant, or five years experience in a field of specialty related to the consulting agreement. Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Mathematician

(including statistician)
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Range manager/ Range conservationist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Research assistant

(working in a post-secondary educational institution)
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Scientific technician/ technologist

  1. a theoretical knowledge of any of the following disciplines: agricultural sciences, astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, forestry, geology, geophysics, meteorology, or physics; and
  2. the ability to solve practical problems in any of those disciplines, or the ability to apply principles of any of those disciplines to basic or applied research.


Social worker

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Sylviculturist

(including forestry specialist)
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Teacher / College or University

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Teacher / Seminary

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Technical publications writer

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree, or post-secondary diploma or post-secondary certificate, and three years experience.

Urban planner

(including geographer)
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Vocational counselor

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.
Medical/Allied Professionals

Dentist

D.D.S., D.M.D., Doctor en Odontologia or Doctor en Cirugia Dental or state/provincial license.

Dietitian

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree; or state/provincial license.

Medical laboratory technologist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree; or post-secondary diploma or post secondary certificate, and three years experience.

Nutritionist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Occupational therapist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree; or state/provincial license.

Pharmacist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree; or state/provincial license.

Physician

(teaching or research only)
M.D., Doctor en Medicina: or state/provincial license.

Physiotherapist/ physical therapist 

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree; or state/provincial license.

Psychologist

State/provincial license; or Licenciatura degree.

Recreational therapist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Registered nurse

State/provincial license or Licenciatura degree.

Veterinarian

D.V.M., D.M.V., or Doctor en Veterinaria; or state/provincial license.
Scientist

Agriculturist

(agronomist)
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Animal breeder

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Animal scientist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Apiculturist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Astronomer

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Biochemist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Biologist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Chemist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Dairy scientist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Entomologist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Epidemiologist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Geneticist
 Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.


Geochemist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Geologist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Geophysicist

(including Oceanographer in Mexico and the United States)
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Horticulturist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Meteorologist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Pharmacologist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Physicist

(including Oceanographer in Canada)
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Plant Breeder

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Poultry scientist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Soil scientist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

Zoologist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree.

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