TN Visa for Mexicans: Fast Track to Working in the US

By Casey May 22, 2018 4 min. read

[NAFTA is under revision. NAFTA will most likely turn into the USMCA (United States Mexico Canada Agreement). USMCA is expected to be approved in the beginning of 2019. Until then NAFTA will remain active and the visas under NAFTA are still available. Learn more about how to work under USMCA. ]

TN Visa Basics

Usually, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) created special economic and trade relationships for the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Despite the fact that Mexicans can enter the US as visitors without a Visa (although they need to show proof of Mexican citizenship and a photo ID and a passport at airports), they need a Work Visa to legally work in the US. Working in the US, means working for a US company either as an employee or a contractor whereby that company is paying you or your company a salary or fee for services rendered in the US. permanent residents of Mexico are not able to apply for TN visas to work as NAFTA professionals.


Mexicans may be eligible to work in the United States as NAFTA professionals under the following conditions:

Mexican citizens require TN visas to request admission to the United States in this status.

Benefits of a TN Visa for Mexicans


Disadvantages of a TN Visa for Mexicans

TN-1 or TN-2 status may be a convenient and relatively cheap option for Canadian or Mexican professionals who have found employment in the United States. However, there are a few limitations on TN status that the alien should be aware of.



When we look at TN Visa cases, not only do we think about the documents, and our clients’ experience and education etc., but issues about where they should apply are also considered. We have found a holistic approach to TN Visas which include thinking about not only the application itself but where to apply for it, to be very effective. I hope that you have found this TN Visa primer helpful.