Assisting Your Workers In Obtaining TN Status

Also known as the NAFTA Professional Visa, the TN nonimmigration visa admits Canadian and Mexican workers in certain designated professions to work in the U.S.

The list of allowed professions is long, including everything from architects to zoologists.

This special TN status was created in 1994 when the U.S., Canada and Mexico signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The agreement also allows Americans to work in the other two countries.

In Dallas, most NAFTA trade worker visa requests are from Mexican citizens sponsored by U.S. companies. The employer must file a Labor Condition Application with the Department of Labor. It must also petition the USCIS with a Form-129 document.

The worker in question may then apply for a nonimmigrant visa at a U.S. Consulate anywhere in Mexico. An interview at the embassy consular section must be scheduled. Applicants should build time into their schedules to accommodate this delay.

Family members of the worker may then be eligible for the TD visa.

Mexican applicants should hold a titulo to fulfill the bachelor's degree requirement; a carta de pasante is not acceptable for NAFTA professions requiring the bachelor's degree.

Harrison-Donaldson also assists Dallas-area companies in bringing Canadian professionals to work here under the NAFTA visa. The rules for admitting Canadian workers are slightly less complicated than the rules for Mexican workers.

In theory, the TN status can be renewed over and over, instead of obtaining permanent resident status. If border officials feel that the TN visa is being abused or overused, they have the right to refuse to renew your TN status.


The lawyers of Harrison-Donaldson, of Dallas, Texas, offer personal attention, reasonable fees and effectiveness working through complex immigration legal matters. Talk to our attorneys at 972-746-2314, or email us about your workers' green card and visa needs.

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