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TN visas are nonimmigrant work visas that originally granted Mexican and Canadian citizens the right to work in the U.S. under the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In 2020, NAFTA was replaced by a new agreement between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

However, the qualifications and TN visa process have remained the same for Canadian and Mexican citizens who qualify.

Nevertheless, even though the TN visa welcomes citizens from neighboring countries in trade relationships, there are specific eligibility requirements that applicants must meet.

As a result, if you are a qualifying United States employer or Mexican or Canadian citizen and wish to obtain a TN visa, it is in your best interests to hire an experienced TN visa lawyer immediately.

Contact SwagatUSA LLC in Chicago, IL, today to schedule a consultation with a qualified legal team member.

Who is Eligible to Apply for a TN Visa?

U.S. immigration law dictates that Canadian or Mexican citizens may seek admission to the U.S. through TN visas if they meet applicable license requirements, which include:

  • To fulfill a NAFTA-approved employment position.
  • Have a legitimate job offer from a United States employer that requires the assistance of a NAFTA professional.
  • Will be employed in either a prearranged full-time or part-time job.
  • Possesses the professional qualifications or skills needed for the employment position.

It should also be stated that TN visa applicants must provide the required documentation to obtain a TN visa. Examples include a such as:

  • Proof of Mexican or Canadian citizenship, such as a passport.
  • Job offer letter.
  • Educational qualifications, including a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
  • Proof of previous employment

However, self-employment is not an option when trying to obtain TN visa status.

SwagatUSA LLC has a proven record of being able to assist NAFTA professionals with the complex visa application process. Contact our law firm to schedule a meeting to discuss our immigration services and how we may be able to assist you.

Can Individuals Obtain a Green Card Through a TN Visa?

If a Customs and Border Protection officer determines that TN visa applicants are eligible for admission into the United States, they are granted entry as a TN nonimmigrant.

TN visas are considered “single intent” visas, meaning that holders must declare their intention of leaving the country when their visa expires. The initial period of stay is up to three years, which may be extended if a United States employer files a Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker on the employee’s behalf.

However, many TN visa holders wish to obtain a green card that will allow them to establish permanent residency and live and work in the United States.

As a result, TN visa holders are permitted to try to obtain a Green Card through family sponsorship or employment. Individuals may use consular processing to try and obtain permanent residency without violating the terms of their TN visa.

Obtaining permanent residence in the United States can be overly complex, especially since immigration laws seem to be constantly changing.

For more information about immigration law, contact our law office to speak with an experienced TN visa lawyer who can provide more information.

What is the Difference Between a TN-1 and TN-2 Visa?

Even though TN visas are granted to NAFTA professionals who meet applicable license requirements, there are different identifiers for Canadian and Mexican citizens.

A TN-1 visa is assigned to Canadian citizens who meet eligibility requirements. Canadian citizens can request TN status at a port of entry. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer will request documentation proving prearranged business activities, proof of Canadian citizenship, and professional qualifications. Another option is to have U.S. employers file Form I-129, Petition for Immigrant Worker, to USCIS.

Mexican citizens approved to work in a NAFTA professional capacity are issued TN-2 visas.

However, Mexican citizens who seek admission into the U.S. after completing a DS-160 form online are required to apply for TN visas at a U.S. consulate. They must also present a job offer letter from a United States employer, proof of Mexican citizenship, and professional qualifications.

For both Tn-1 and TN-2 visas, individuals cleared to enter the U.S. are issued a Form I-94 Arrival-Departure Record that indicates their TN nonimmigrant status and the maximum period they are authorized to stay in the country.

Why Should I Trust Your TN Visa Lawyers for My Immigration Needs?

SwagatUSA LLC has gained a well-earned reputation for being able to assist TN applicants with their immigration needs.

Our dedicated team of legal professionals understands the legal intricacies of obtaining TN visas and what it takes to get results quickly. When you come to us for help, we will thoroughly review your case and determine what legal strategies are available.

For example, if you are a Mexican citizen who wishes to work in the U.S., we encourage you to apply for a TN visa directly at a U.S. consulate or embassy in Mexico. Conversely, if you are a Canadian citizen we can provide assistance with gathering legal documentation to present at the border.

Our immigration lawyers also take time to ensure that, regardless of whether you are a Mexican or Canadian citizen, you understand your legal rights.

If you have questions about obtaining a TN visa, you will need an experienced attorney with comprehensive experience in immigration matters.

SwagatUSA LLC is dedicated to helping NAFTA professionals obtain their necessary work visas and also helping them in their quest to become United States citizens.

Contact our Chicago, IL, law office at 312-854-7065 to schedule a meeting with a knowledgeable attorney who will assist you with your legal needs.