TN Visa USA is a non-immigrant US visa for citizens of Canada and Mexico. The TN Visa was announced by USCIS when the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was done in order to simplify temporary employment in the United States for approved Canadian and Mexican people. The sole purpose was to strengthen commercial relations between the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

There are two visas under the TN status. A TN-1 is for Canadian professionals and a TN-2 is for Mexican professionals. The applicants need to be qualified under one of the listed professions: Accepted NAFTA Professions and must adhere to non-immigrant classifications. Permanent residents of Canada or Mexico are not eligible for the TN visa USA. There is no annual quota for the TN Visa which provides all skilled applicants the chance of being granted a visa.

What Are the NAFTA Professions?

Here is a list of the 60 professions that qualify you for a TN visa:

  • Accountant
  • Architect
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Economist
  • Engineer
  • Forester
  • Graphic Designer
  • Hotel Manager
  • Industrial Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Land Surveyor
  • Landscape Architect
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Management Consultant
  • Mathematician
  • Range Manager
  • Research Assistant
  • Scientific Technician
  • Social Worker
  • Technical Publications Writer
  • Urban Planner
  • Vocational Counselor
  • Dentist
  • Dietitian
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician
  • Physiotherapist
  • Psychologist
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Veterinarian
  • Agriculturist
  • Animal Breeder/Scientist
  • Agriculturist
  • Astronomer
  • Biochemist
  • Biologist
  • Chemist
  • Dairy Scientist
  • Entomologist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Geneticist
  • Geochemist
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Horticulturist
  • Meteorologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physicist
  • Plant Breeder
  • Poultry Scientist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Zoologist
  • College Professor
  • Seminary Professor
  • University Professor
Source: U.S. Department of State

TN Visa Requirements:

  • You must be a Citizen of Canada or Mexico.
  • You are qualified under one of the recognised NAFTA professions.
  • You have enough evidence that the position in the United States needs a NAFTA professional.
  • Participant has prearranged a part-time or full-time employment with the qualified U.S. employer. Any form of Self-employment is not allowed in this visa.
  • Provide evidence that the participant matches all the qualities and educational requirements of the position.
Source: U.S. Department of State

How to apply for TN Visa?

Application and Admission Procedures for Canadians

The Canadian applicants can apply for TN status directly as Canadian people do not need visas to enter the United States. The Application for admission must be done in person to a U.S. immigration officer at most ports of entry, at designated U.S. airports handling international traffic, or at selected pre-clearance checking stations at airports outside the U.S. If admitted, the Canadian citizen is given a Form I-94 Arrival-Departure Record. This I-94 specifies the date and place of entry, the day on which the lawful stay expires, and the visa type entry symbol “TN” or “TN-1. Form filing fee of $50 (U.S.) must be paid.  And additional $6 (U.S.) document preparation fee (unless the TN applicant travels to the U.S. by commercial airline in which case the $6 document preparation fee is usually included in the cost of the airline ticket).

Application and Admission Procedures for Mexicans

The process for the Mexicans is not as same as the process for Canadian citizen. Mexican citizens must get a visa before requesting admission to the United States in TN classification.  Applicants must schedule a visa appointment at an U.S. consulate office or embassy.  In according to the law, a visa appointment may be booked at any U.S. consulate it is better to book an appointment at a U.S. consulate in Mexico.  Proper Information and guidelines about applying for a nonimmigrant visa at a U.S. consulate are available on the specific U.S. consulate’s website.  A list of U.S. consulates and their websites can be found at

when a TN visa is approved, the TN visa holder can apply for admission to the United States at a U.S. port-of-entry.  additional fees won’t be applied for Mexican citizens.  If the visa holder is admitted to the United States, he or she is issued a Form I-94 Arrival-Departure Record.

Source: U.S. Department of State

Canadian Citizens must present the following documents to the CBP officer:

  • Evidence of your Canadian citizenship status
  • A letter from your potential employer which says details like the professional dimensions which you will be working in, the minimum duration of your stay, the reasons of your employment, and your educational qualifications.
  • Assessment of your credentials (if applicable) which compares your credentials from Canada to those in the U.S.
  • Any applicable fees.
  • It is also possible that your prospective employer can also apply for your TN visa on your behalf. In that case, they must submit a Form I-129 to USCIS.
  • if the Form I-129 is approved, you can apply to CBP to be admitted to the U.S. as a TN nonimmigrant afterwards. The following documents are required to be handed over to the CBP Officer at the designated port of entry or pre-flight inspection station:
  • evidence of your Canadian citizenship
  • The Approval Notice for your Form I-129 issued by the USCIS
  • It will be a good idea to have a copy of your Form I-129 and relevant supporting documents (which were submitted to the USCIS) with you, as the CBP Officer can ask you questions about your eligibility. An inspection fee may be applicable at this point.

If you are a Mexican citizen the you must take the following documents to your interview:

  • Your passport
  • The Form DS-160 confirmation page.
  • The receipt of the application fee.
  • A photograph
  • Your letter of employment or contract. This letter must include the following information:
  • The purpose of your entry
  • A description of your employment responsibilities
  • Your length of stay in the U.S.
  • Your credentials and educational requirements
  • Arrangements for your pay
  • Documents that can demonstrate you meet the minimum requirements of your relevant NAFTA profession.
  • Other documents as per the consular officer’s choice.
Source: U.S. Department of State

The visa application fee for the TN visa in USA (TN 1 and TN 2 Visa) is $160.

Source: U.S. Department of State