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The TN visa was created under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and is specially designed for Canadian and Mexican citizens who want to enter the United States temporarily to work in professional-level business activities.


Among the types of professionals who are eligible to seek admission as TN nonimmigrants are accountants, engineers, lawyers, pharmacists, scientists, and teachers. You may be eligible for TN nonimmigrant status, if:

  • You are a citizen of Canada or Mexico;
  • Your profession qualifies under the regulations;
  • The position in the United States requires a NAFTA professional;
  • You have a prearranged full-time or part-time job with a U.S. employer (but not self-employment); and
  • You have the qualifications to practice in the profession in question.

Period of Stay

The maximum initial stay is 3 years