Business Immigration : TN Visa

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was an accord signed by the United States, Canada, and Mexico with the aim of creating trade and economic relationships between the signatory countries. The non-immigrant TN visa was created to permit qualified Canadian and Mexican nationals to enter the United States in order to carry out business-related activities.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for the TN visa, the professional worker must :

Canadian Citizens

Canadian citizens do not need to apply for a TN visa at a consulate. They can show eligibility to a Customs and Border Protection Officer at the U.S. port of entry. The following documentation of required :

The US employer can also apply for a TN visa on behalf of the Canadian worker by sending an application to the USCIS. On approval, the worker can enter the United States by showing proof of Canadian citizenship and the TN visa Approval notice.

Mexican Citizens

Mexican citizens must apply for a TN non-immigrant visa at a US embassy or Consulate in Mexico before entering the United States.

Length of Stay

The initial length of stay is for up to 3 years. If the worker wants to extend their stay beyond the initial period, they must apply for an extension prior to leaving the United States. If the worker left the United States while they were in status, they may re-enter the United States with the same documentation that was part of the initial application for the TN non-immigrant visa.


The spouse and children (under 21 years of age) of the principal TN visa holder may also apply for a non-immigrant TN visa. The dependents are not permitted to work while in the United States and the length of their stay cannot exceed that of the principal TN visa holder.

How we can help….

The experienced Immigration Attorneys at the Law Offices of Trupti N Patel. Business Immigration Attorney, Boston has helped Canadian and Mexican  citizens as well as US companies obtain TN visas on their behalf. Please call our Law Offices at (617) 367-6750 to see how we can help you with obtaining the TN visa for you or your employees.

If you plan on attending a consultation with one of our immigration attorneys, in person, please see the Directions to our Office

Law Offices of Trupti N Patel & Associates
One Boston Place, 201 Washington St #2600, Boston, MA 02108
(617) 367-6750


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