Eligibility for NAFTA Professional (TN) Nonimmigrant Status
Canadians and Mexicans may be eligible to work in the United States as NAFTA professionals under the following conditions:
Applicant is a citizen of Canada or Mexico;
Profession is on the NAFTA list;
Position in the United States requires a NAFTA professional;
Applicant will work in a prearranged full-time or part-time job for an employer (see Required Documentation). Self employment is not permitted;
Applicant has the qualifications, meeting the specific requirements, education, and/or experience, of the profession.
With some exceptions, each profession requires a baccalaureate degree as an entry-level requirement. If a baccalaureate is required, experience cannot be substituted for that degree. In some professions, an alternative to a bachelor's degree is listed. For some professions, experience is required in addition to the degree. For a complete list of professions with minimum education requirements and alternative credentials, see Appendix 1603.D.1 of NAFTA Chapter 16.
Note: Requirements for Canadians and Mexicans are different, as explained below.
Requirements for Canadian Citizens
Canadian citizens usually do not need a visa as a NAFTA Professional, although a visa can be issued to qualified Canadian TN visa applicants upon request.
A Canadian citizen without a TN visa can apply for TN nonimmigrant status at a U.S. port-of-entry. Learn about these requirements on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) websites. More information about TN nonimmigrant status is also available on the U.S. Embassy Ottawa website.
If you are applying for TN status, you should make sure you have the required fee and documentation (including an appropriate letter from the employer) at the border inspection, otherwise you're not going to be admitted.