The TN (Trade NAFTA) category was developed as part of NAFTA to facilitate the entry of Canadian and Mexican Citizens to the United States in order to engage in professional activities on a temporary basis.
- The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has issued a list of the professional occupations and minimum qualifications which serves as the basis for TN employment. Direct information about the TN category may be found at INA§214(e)(2), and at 8CFR§214.6.
- The TN category is only available to citizens of Canada or Mexico. Landed immigrants or permanent residents of Canada or Mexico are not eligible, since the NAFTA and INA have made provision only for citizens of these two countries.
In addition to the information available in the printable TN Request Packet
Application & Processing Information
TN processing can happen from within the US or from outside.
- ISSS recommends obtaining TN status by traveling for immigration processing at the port of entry.
- If the TN employee does not want to travel, ISSS will need to file an I-129 Petition with USCIS. In such cases, there will be an internal processing fee of $500 for initial and extension applications.