TN Professionals

The TN category, updated on July 11, 2022, under the Agreement Between the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada (USMCA), which replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), was created 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 Code of Federal Regulations contains a list of the professional occupations and minimum qualifications which serves as the basis for TN employment. 

  • 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 regulations made provision only for citizens of these two countries.


Application & Processing Information

TN processing can happen from within the US or from outside.

NOTE: While it may be possible to change/extend status to TN within the US, the process is costly and more time-consuming than applying for TN status at a port of entry.  Thus, TN processing from within the US is not recommended.


Conditions, Reminders & Dependents Information