How to Get a TN Visa to Work in the US

Getting a TN Visas for Canadians working in the US

A TN Visa is a US work visa valid up to three-year visas for Canadian citizens (and Mexicans) who may qualify for to work in the United States.

In order to qualify for a TN visa to work in the United States, applicants must have an existing job offer in the United States that falls under the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) list, which is available here.

Some qualifying factors for getting a TN Visa include:

  • A US job offer that is three years or lessA properly formatted US job offer letter
  • An education history consistent with the job offer
  • A well-organized and complete resume
  • A valid Canadian passport
  • proof of your credentials (educational and employment)
  • a detailed submission letter outlining why you are a good candidate for a TN
  • proof of your ties to Canada–TNs are temporary visas–not Green Cards.

If your documentation is accepted by an immigration official, you may be able to get a TN visa at the United States-Canada border. However, it can be very time consuming, costly and inconvenient if you travel all of the way to the United States-Canada border only to find out you have been denied a TN visa!

Denial of a TN Visa

Getting denied a TN Visa could result in a permanent record at the border. Trying it a second time is never as easy as “first kick at the can” . Getting it right the first time is essential. Of course there are solutions for TN Refusals but you do not want to go down that road if you do not have to.

One variable is choosing the right or the best Port of Entry  for your case!  While the TN Visa rules are uniform, the way they are applied are not –this is just a reality. So knowing which border to go to whether it be the airport or a land border is an essential part of the equasion for getting an approval.

As you can see there is more than meets the eye when it comes to TN Visa applications.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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