Immigration Services

We help businesses, families, and individuals navigate the immigration process and reach their goals

Corporations / Employees
Families
Individuals
Investors
Students
Victims
TN Visa
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) created special trade and economic relationships between the US, Canada, and Mexico. Provisions in that agreement have since been rolled into the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the successor treaty to NAFT. One of those provisions is the TN Nonimmigrant Classification, which permits qualified Mexican and Canadian citizens to seek temporary entry into the US to engage in business activities at a professional level. Among the types of professionals who are eligible to seek admission as TN Nonimmigrants are architects, economists, accountants, engineers, computer system analysts, attorneys, scientists, pharmacists, graphic designers, interior designers, and many more. In all, there are roughly 60 categories covered by this status.
Business Visa B1 - Dallas Immigration Lawyers - Rijal Law Firm
There are two different types of TN statuses for which citizens can apply- TN-1 for Canadian Professionals and TN-2 for Mexican Professionals. You will be eligible for TN Nonimmigrant Status if:
You are a citizen of Mexico and Canada
Your profession qualifies under the regulation
The position in the US requires a NAFTA professional
You have a part-time or full-time job in the US
You have the necessary qualification to practice a profession in question

TN visa for Canadian citizens
If you are a Canadian citizen, you don’t typically need a TN Visa to enter the US. However, if you wish to bring your spouse or unmarried children under 21 years of age to the US, you will need to seek a TN Visa. The dependents are eligible to receive a TD Nonimmigrant Visa. You can apply for the TN Nonimmigrant Status at a CBP-designated U.S. port of entry. The following documents are a must:

Proof of Canadian citizenship
Letter from the prospective employer detailing things like professional capacity in which you will work, the purpose of your employment, educational qualifications, and length of stay. 
Credential evaluation and the applicable fee
Identity document

TN visa for Mexican citizens
Citizens of Mexico require a TN Nisa for entering the US. After the approval is received Mexican citizens can apply for the entrance at CBP designated US ports or certain preclearance stations.

If you are applying for the visa at the port of entry it usually only takes a few hours. If you petition by mail, the processing time will be significantly longer. However, if you want to expedite the process, you can pay the premium processing fee ($2500) and prioritize thhe petition processing time to 15 days.

A TN Visa is generally valid for up to three years. If you wish to remain in the US beyond your initial period of stay without first departing from the US, you can seek an extension of stay by filing Form I-129. Alternatively, you can depart from the US before the expiry of the TN Visa and apply at the CBP designated US port of entry using the same application and document procedures.

Application process


File the Form DS-160 and complete the online visa application. Don’t forget to print the confirmation page to bring to your interview.
You need to upload the photo while completing the online Form DS-160
Interviews with consular are required for the visa applicant though the wait time for interview appointments varies by season, location, and category of the visa. 

A failure to correctly file for your TN Visa can lead to a loss of fees or even a bar from re-entry if you have applied for adjustment of status. To help you figure out the best ways to apply for adjustment of status it is best to seek assistance from a Rijal Law Firm TN Visa attorney with no delay.

Our Affiliations

Skip to content