How to Get a TN Visa: Requirements & Occupation List

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Why TN Visas Can Help You Get a US Work Visa

If you are Canadian or Mexican, and you have a job offer in the US, you may be eligible for a TN Visa under the USMCA (NAFTA) agreement. This application process is the fastest way to get a US Work Visa. The most attractive feature of TN Visas over other types of visas is that applicants can obtain these visas right at a U.S./Canadian border or airport. Applicants are required to appear at the border with the necessary documentation. An immigration official will review the documentation and, if that officer is satisfied that the applicant qualifies for the Visa, a TN Visa will be issued on the spot!

What are the TN Visa Requirements?

The United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) contains provisions that enable Canadians and Mexicans to obtain US work visas very quickly and with minimal documentation.

Under USMCA, a Canadian or Mexican citizen who has a temporary offer of employment in the United States may qualify for a TN visa. The US job offer must be from a list of occupations defined by USMCA

(See list further below).

Note: Only citizens are eligible for a TN visa; permanent residents or landed immigrants may not apply.

Required Documents for a TN Visa Application

Along with proof of Citizenship (such as birth certificate or passport), evidence that the intended employment/business activity and the applicant qualify under Chapter 15, Schedule 2 of NAFTA, including:

  • A temporary Offer of Employment from a prospective U.S. employer;
  • Copies of relevant educational degrees, diplomas and certificates
  • Letters of reference from previous or current employers confirming your experience in your occupation (if applicable)

When is a USMCA Professional (TN) visa required for a Canadian citizen?

Canadian citizens usually do not need a visa as a USMCA Professional, although a visa can be issued to qualified Canadian TN visa applicants upon request.

A Canadian without TN nonimmigrant status, who resides in a third country with a non-Canadian spouse and/or child(ren), and who plans to enter the United States as a USMCA professional at the same time as the family member(s), will need a TN visa in order for the family members to be eligible to apply for derivative TD nonimmigrant visa(s).

Requirements for Mexican Citizens

Mexican citizens require TN visas to request admission to the United States in this status. There are several steps to apply for a visa. The order of these steps and how you complete them may vary at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you apply. Please consult the instructions available on the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website where you will apply. After this, you must:

    • Complete the online visa application
    • Schedule an interview
    • Prepare for your interview
    • Gather required documentation (passport, nonimmigrant visa application, application payment receipt, photo, etc.)
    • Attend visa interview

Click here to find out how to get a TN visa in 8 easy steps!

TN Visa List of Occupations

If your job offer does not appear on the NAFTA list below, call us. We may be able to help!

Medical Professionals:

  • Dentist
  • Dietician
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician
  • Physiotherapist
  • Psychologist
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Registered Nurse

Scientists:

  • Agriculturist
  • Animal Breeder
  • Animal Scientist
  • Apiculturist
  • Astronomer
  • Biochemist
  • Biologist
  • Chemist
  • Dairy Scientist
  • Entomologist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Geneticist
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Horticulturalist
  • Meteorologist
  • Physicist
  • Plant Breeder
  • Poultry Scientist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Zoologist

Professionals:

  • Accountant
  • Architect
  • College Teacher
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Disaster Relief Insurance Adjuster
  • Economist
  • Biologist
  • Engineer
  • Forester
  • Graphic Designer
  • Hotel Manager
  • Industrial Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Land Surveyor
  • Lawyer (including Quebec Notary)
  • Librarian, Management Consultant
  • Mathematician/Statistician
  • Range Manager/Conservationist
  • Research Assistant (post-secondary)
  • Scientific Technician/Technologist
  • Seminary
  • Technical Publications Writer

Top 10 Tips for Getting a TN Visa

  1. US Job offer should be consistent with your Education
  2. US job offer should appear on the NAFTA LIST
  3. US job offer should not exceed three years
  4. US job offer letter should be properly formatted with all relevant information
  5. When you apply, READ and UNDERSTAND all your documentation
  6. Your resume should be well organized and complete
  7. Employment references should be consistent and relevant
  8. Bring a valid Canadian Passport for at least three years
  9. Foreign degrees and diplomas should be evaluated as equivalent to Canadian or US Standards
  10. Get your TN Documentation reviewed by an Immigration Professional

How to Apply For a TN Visa Without a College Degree

Why Seeking Professional Help for a TN Visa is Crucial

Do not be fooled into thinking that a TN visa is easy. Your documentation and information has to behandled perfectly, otherwise you risk getting your TN Visa refused. Furthermore, it is important to carefully select which border you go to for your TN Visa interview. Not all borders handle these visas in the same way. The standards are very high, and if an application is not properly prepared, there is a higher risk of having your TN visa denied.

Why Hire Us to Help You With Your TN Visa Application?

While the procedures for TN visas may seem uncomplicated, some applicants apply without seeking any help from an immigration lawyer, thinking that they can “do it themselves.” The documentation and processes involved in successfully obtaining a TN Visa for a foreign beneficiary are complex and usually require legal expertise. We have helped thousands and thousands of Canadians and Mexicans successfully enter the U.S. with TN Visas and we can help you too!