Understanding the TN Visa Application

Gaining employment in the US is now getting easier for Canadians now more so than ever. That being said, although there is a leniency, that does not necessarily mean employment for all who apply. Having the advice and counseling of a seasoned immigration lawyer is certainly a great way to go about applying.

TN Visas and Canadian Applicants

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) contains provisions that enable Canadians to obtain US work visas very quickly and with minimal documentation. Under NAFTA, a Canadian Citizen who has a temporary offer of employment in the United States may qualify for a TN visa.

Note: TN Visas are Now Valid for Three Years

In October 2008, the Bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services increased the initial maximum period of admission for TN Visas from one year to three years. Further, those that want to apply for extensions of their TN Visas can apply for a period of up to three years instead of the previous one year maximum.

Qualifying for a TN Visa

In order to qualify for a TN visa, applicants must have a US job offer that is found on a list of occupations on the NAFTA list in Chapter 15, Schedule 2 of NAFTA. *(See list below on this page.)
Those Eligible for the TN Visa

Only Canadian Citizens (and Mexicans) are eligible for a TN visa. Permanent residents or landed immigrants are not eligible.

TN Visas and Its Perks

The most attractive feature of TN Visas over other types of visas is that applicants can obtain TN Visas right at the 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 they are satisfied, the visa is issued on the spot.

This is not to say that obtaining a TN visa is easy. On the contrary, if the immigration officer finds a flaw in your documentation – chances are you will be refused. Retaining a skilled immigration lawyer to prepare your paper work is the safest bet.

Contact us today for a consultation with one of our Immigration Lawyers for the Boston, MA. area.

TN Visa “Top 10 Tips”!

  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

Documents Required for TN Visa

• Proof of Canadian Citizenship (Birth Certificate or Passport)
• Evidence that the intended employment/business activity and the applicant qualify under Chapter 15, Schedule 2 of NAFTA. This means that the applicant is required to provide:

• 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)

Although this visa presents many great opportunities, not knowing the proper steps to take may cause potential mishaps. Having a professional immigration lawyer by your side can help alleviate the stress of the TN application process. For those seeking a greater chance at employment, it’s just the safer measure to take.

Contact us today for a consultation with one of our Immigration Lawyers for the Boston, MA. area.

“ust wanted you to know that I got the TN yesterday…consequently you’re 3 for 3! You can add that to your track record. It was the best birthday gift ever!  – Blanchard


*Appendix 1603D.1 to NAFTA (Occupation List)

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

• 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

• 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