Visas for Canadian and Mexican NAFTA Professional Workers

In most cases, a foreign national who desires to enter the United States must obtain a visa to do so. However, certain citizens of Canada and Mexico may be entitled to special privileges, based upon their employment, education, and other qualifying factors.

At Parikh Law Group, LLC, our skilled immigration attorneys have helped many Canadian and Mexican citizens come to the U.S. through a special program created by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Contact us today for more information.


Special economic and trade relationships between the United States, Canada, and Mexico were created by NAFTA, now known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement. Under this agreement, eligible Canadians and Mexicans may obtain a TN (Trade NAFTA) nonimmigrant visa, allowing them to work in qualifying occupations in the U.S.

If you are a citizen of Canada or Mexico and have been offered a U.S. job in a NAFTA-approved profession, you may qualify for TN authorization, which will allow you to stay and work in the U.S. for up to three years, with indefinite renewals available. This opportunity is not open to permanent residents of Canada and Mexico, only citizens.

TN Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for TN status, you must:

  • Provide proof of Canadian or Mexican citizenship;
  • Have a qualifying full or part-time job offer in the U.S.;
  • Have the minimum education requirement, which is usually at least a bachelor’s degree.

Furthermore, your U.S. job offer must be included on the list of 60 approved NAFTA professions. Our Chicago immigration attorneys can help you determine if your job qualifies, but common examples of NAFTA professions include doctors, engineers, and lawyers.

Most NAFTA professions require at least a bachelor’s degree, and experience is not permitted as a substitute. There are a few exceptions, however, and an immigration attorney experienced in TN authorization can help you determine how to proceed.

Contact a Chicago Immigration Attorney Today

If you wish to enter the U.S. with TN status, the skilled immigration team at Parikh Law Group, LLC can ensure that your process is quick, efficient, and as inexpensive as possible. Contact our multilingual office today and speak to one of our attorneys or staff in English, Spanish, Gujarati, Hindi, or Farsi.