Unveiling the TN Visa: A Comprehensive Guide to Professional Opportunities in the United States

The TN visa, established under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), provides a unique opportunity for citizens of Canada and Mexico to work in the United States in specific professional occupations. In this blog post, we’ll explore the requirements of the TN visa, including eligible professions, educational qualifications, and the application process.

Eligible Professions:

The TN visa is available for individuals working in certain professional occupations that require specialized skills and qualifications. Some common professions eligible for the TN visa include:

  • Engineers
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Scientists
  • Teachers
  • Accountants
  • Pharmacists
  • Graphic Designers
  • Management Consultants
  • Medical Professionals (e.g., Physicians, Dentists, Nurses)

It’s important to note that the list of eligible professions is not exhaustive and eligibility is determined based on specific criteria outlined by the U.S. Department of State.

Educational Qualifications:

To qualify for the TN visa, applicants must meet certain educational requirements or possess the necessary credentials and qualifications for their profession. While specific educational requirements vary depending on the profession, most TN visa applicants are required to have at least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a relevant field.

Application Process:

  • Job Offer from a U.S. Employer: The first step in obtaining a TN visa is securing a job offer from a U.S. employer. The employer must provide a letter of employment outlining the terms and conditions of employment, including job title, duties, salary, and duration of employment.
  • The procedure for obtaining a TN visa differs for Canadian and Mexican citizens. Canadian citizens are visa-exempt and can apply for TN status directly at a Class A port of entry, where their TN visa will be adjudicated. Mexican citizens must apply for a TN visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad before being admitted to the United States in TN status. If a Canadian or Mexican citizen is already in the United States based on another valid non-immigrant status, he or she can apply for change of status to TN from within the United States.
  • Pay Application Fees: Applicants are required to pay the non-refundable visa application fee and any other applicable fees as determined by the U.S. Department of State.

Key Considerations:

  • TN visa holders are typically granted initial admission for up to three years, with the option to extend their stay in one-year increments.
  • Spouses and unmarried children under 21 of TN visa holders may be eligible for TD dependent visas, allowing them to accompany the primary visa holder to the United States. TD visa holders are not permitted to work in the United States, but may attend school on a full-time basis.
  • The TN is not a dual intent visa, meaning that in most cases, the holder cannot seek permanent residency.


The TN visa program offers citizens of Canada and Mexico the opportunity to work in the United States in specific professional occupations, fostering cross-border collaboration and economic growth. Understanding the requirements, eligible professions, and application process for the TN visa is essential for individuals seeking professional opportunities in the United States.

If you’re considering applying for a TN visa or need assistance with the application process, it’s advisable to consult with experienced immigration professionals who can provide personalized guidance and support based on your specific circumstances.

For comprehensive support and assistance with your TN visa application, please don’t hesitate to contact our team of dedicated immigration attorneys. We’re here to help you navigate the complexities of the TN visa program and achieve your professional goals in the United States.