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TN NAFTA Visas For Professionals

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Located in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, our immigration attorneys at the Law Offices of Jacob D. Geller handle every aspect of the TN NAFTA visa application process. We have years of experience practicing immigration law and are dedicated to helping our clients meet their immigration goals in a timely and cost-effective manner. If you are thinking about applying for a TN NAFTA visa, please contact us at 781-462-1346 or online for a consultation.

Overview of the TN NAFTA Visa Program

TN NAFTA visas allow qualified citizens of Canada and Mexico to gain temporary entry to the United States to engage in professional work. Some of the eligible professions include lawyers, scientists, engineers, physicians, and management consultants. The initial period of stay is up to three years, with the possibility of receiving an extension.

Spouses and children under at 21 may be eligible to accompany to you to the U.S. under a TD nonimmigrant status. They will not be allowed to work while in the U.S., but can study here. Qualifying spouses and children can remain in the U.S. for no longer than the duration of your stay.

Eligibility Requirements for the TN NAFTA Visa

Our Boston TN NAFTA visa lawyers can evaluate whether you are eligible for this professional visa. Here is a brief summary of the eligibility requirements for a TN NAFTA visa (with additional, country-specific requirements in the next section):

  • Applicant must be a citizen of Mexico or Canada;
  • Profession is included in the NAFTA list;
  • Applicant has a prearranged full-time or part-time for an employer;
  • The position requires a NAFTA professional; and
  • Applicant has the necessary qualifications for the position, including education (typically at least a bachelor's degree) and experience.

TN NAFTA Visa Requirements for Canadian Citizens

As a Canadian citizen, you can establish your eligibility for TN NAFTA status by showing the required documentation to a U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP) officer at designated U.S. ports of entry or at a designated pre-clearance/pre-flight inspection station. You do not have to apply for TN status at a U.S. consulate.

You will have to show the following to the CBP officer:

  • Proof of your Canadian citizenship;
  • Letter from your prospective employer stating the nature of the work you will be doing in the U.S., your educational qualifications, and length of stay; and
  • Credentials evaluation, potentially, and any applicable fees;
  • Any additional requirements that may be posted on the CBP website.

Another option allows the employer to begin the application process for a TN NAFTA visa on your behalf by submitting Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker to USCIS. You can then apply to CBP for admission to the U.S., if USCIS approves Form I-129. You will have to show the following to a CBP officer at a CBP-approved U.S. port of entry or pre-clearance/pre-flight inspection station:

  • Proof of Canadian citizenship;
  • Form I-129 and its approval notice of USCIS;
  • All supporting documentation; and
  • Money for any applicable fees.

TN NAFTA Visa Requirements for Mexican Citizens

Mexican citizens seeking a TN visa will need to follow the steps below. Since each consulate and embassy may vary the order and details of these requirements, be sure to check with their website or an attorney before beginning the application process.

  • Complete the online TN visa application, which involves filling out Form DS-160 and submitting a photo.
  • Schedule an interview at a U.S. consulate or embassy (assuming you are between 14 and 79 years of age), preferably in the country where you live.
  • Get ready for your interview by paying any fees.
  • Gather the necessary documentation, including:
      1. Your passport,
      2. Photo,
      3. Receipt of application fee payment if applicable,
      4. Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page;
      5. Contract or letter of employment in U.S.;
      6. Proof you have the minimum education/work experience;
      7. Any additional documents your embassy or consulate may require.
  • Attend your visa interview.

Boston TN NAFTA Visa Lawyers

The Boston Law Offices of Jacob D. Geller has experienced TN NAFTA visa lawyers who can handle the application process for this visa from beginning to end, so you can focus on achieving your professional objectives. If you are thinking about applying for a TN NAFTA visa, please contact one of our Boston attorneys at 781-462-1346 or online for a free consultation.