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NAFTA and TN Visas


Investor visas are business visas based upon treaties of friendship, commerce and navigation or other arrangements between the U.S. and a country of which the investor is a national.

NAFTA and TN Visas

NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement (Français: Accord de libre-échange nord-américain, ALÉNA) is an agreement signed by Canada, Mexico, and the United States, creating a trilateral rules-based trade bloc in North America. The goal of NAFTA was to eliminate barriers to trade and investment between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The TN Visa

As a result of NAFTA, Canadian citizens have certain advantages under U.S. immigration law. Canadians do not need to go to a U.S. consulate to enter the United States as a tourist. The B-2 visa (visit for "pleasure") is issued at the border and grants admission for a maximum of 6 months. If a Canadian citizen wishes to engage in employment or other activity not allowed by the tourist visa, they must apply in the same fashion as other nationalities. Canadian professionals, however, have the opportunity to pursue the TN visa. The TN visa is a special work visa available to Canadians.

For more information about TN Visa requirements PRESS HERE.

What a NAFTA Visa means to Canadians

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed December 8, 1993. One of the chapters of the agreement is related to immigration issues. Mexicans and Canadians benefit from an expanded admission class when coming to the U.S. to engage in professional activities defined by the NAFTA. The TN visa allows a Canadian or Mexican professional to work in the U.S. The list of eligible TN professions is listed on the Professions tab. Call or email with any questions you have. We are always happy to let you speak directly with a NAFTA immigration expert.

For more information about TN Visa requirements PRESS HERE.

NAFTA Professions

A Canadian individual must be coming to the U.S. to work temporarily in one of the professions listed in the appendix to the North American Free Trade Agreement. Here are the listed professions:

Accountant (baccalaureate, CPA, CA, CGA, or CMA)
Agriculturist/Agronomist
Animal breeder
Animal Scientist
Apiculturist
Architect (baccalaureate or state/provincial license. Also see Landscape Architect, below)
Astronomer
Biochemist
Biologist
Chemist
Computer systems analyst who must have: baccalaureate or post secondary diploma *and three years' experience
Dairy Scientist
Dentist (DDS, DMD, or state/provincial license)
Dietician (baccalaureate or state/provincial license)
Disaster Relief Insurance Claims Adjuster who must have: baccalaureate or 3 years' experience in claims adjustment, and completed training in appropriate areas of insurance adjustment pertaining to disaster relief claims.
Economist
Engineer (baccalaureate or state/provincial license)
Entomologist
Epidemiologist
Forester (baccalaureate or state/provincial license) (Also see Silviculturist, below)
Geneticist
Geochemist
Geographer
Geologist
Geophysicist
Graphic Designer who must have: baccalaureate or post secondary diploma and three years' experience.
Horticulturist
Hotel Manager who must have: baccalaureate in hotel/restaurant management, or post secondary diploma in hotel/restaurant management, and three years' experience in hotel restaurant management.
Industrial Designer who must have: baccalaureate or post secondary diploma and three years experience.
Interior Designer who must have: baccalaureate or post secondary diploma and three years' experience.
Land Surveyor (baccalaureate or state/provincial/federal license)
Landscape Architect
Lawyer (member of state/provincial bar, or LLB, JD, LLL, or BCL)
Librarian (MLS, or BLS. BLS must be one for which another baccalaureate degree was a pre-requisite)
Management Consultant who must have: baccalaureate or five years' experience in consulting or related field.
Mathematician
Medical Technologist/Medical Lab Technologist (Canada) who must have: baccalaureate or post secondary diploma *and three years' experience. (U.S. job must be in a laboratory to perform chemical, biological, hematological, immunologic, microscopic, or bacteriological tests, and analyses for diagnosis, treatment or prevention of disease)
Meteorologist
Nurse, Registered (must have state/provincial license)
Nutritionist
Occupational Therapist (baccalaureate or state/provincial license)
Oceanographer
Pharmacist (baccalaureate or state/provincial license)
Pharmacologist
Physician (teaching and/or research only, MD or state/provincial license)
Physicist
Physio/Physical Therapist (baccalaureate or state/provincial license)
Plant Breeder
Poultry Scientist
Psychologist (must have state/provincial license. Cannot qualify with just baccalaureate degree)
Range Manager/Range Conservationist
Recreational Therapist
Research Assistant (baccalaureate and U.S. job in a post-secondary educational institute)
Social Worker
Soil Scientist
Statistician
Silviculturist/Forestry Specialist (also see Forester, above)
Teacher (baccalaureate degree: must be coming to work for a college, seminary or university only); no secondary or elementary school teaching.
Technician or Technologist, Scientific (E.g.: Electronic engineering technician.) who must: work in direct support of professionals in one of these disciplines: biology, chemistry, engineering, forestry, geology, geophysics, meteorology, physics OR possess theoretical knowledge of discipline, and solve practical problems in discipline, or apply principles of the discipline to basic or applied research
Urban Planner
Veterinarian (DVM, DMV, or state/provincial license)
Vocational Counsellor
Writer, Technical Publications (Technical Publications Writer) who must have: baccalaureate or post secondary diploma and three years' experience.
Zoologist

For more information about TN Visa requirements PRESS HERE.

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