The TN NAFTA Program: Who Qualifies?

Finding the right candidates to fill professional roles in your company can sometimes be difficult. Many US citizens are unwilling to relocate, which can leave you scrambling to fill in-demand jobs. For many companies, importing talented professionals from Mexico or Canada has been an effective solution. Thanks to the TN NAFTA Program, companies can bring in temporary professionals to meet their needs without too much difficulty. Understanding who qualifies for this type of Visa is very important.

Types of Professionals

The first thing you need to evaluate is the job you are looking to fill. The TN NAFTA is specifically set up for professionals in certain types of jobs. The following are some of the most common professions that qualify for a TN NAFTA:

  • Accountants
  • Engineers
  • Attorneys
  • Pharmacists
  • Scientists
  • Teachers

Proof of either education in this field or workplace experience (preferably both) will be necessary to qualify for the visa.

Eligibility Requirements

Other than coming to work in an approved profession, the eligibility requirements are not difficult to meet. The employee must be a citizen of either Mexico or Canada, and coming to the US as a nonimmigrant. The employees must also have a firm job offer from a US company.

Length of Stay

Another thing that businesses must keep in mind when considering this option is that the employees can’t be planning to immigrate to the country. This means that these visas are a temporary solution. The initial amount of time that they are approved for is three years, but they can file for extensions beyond that.

How to Apply

Mexican citizens are required to apply at a US consulate or embassy, but this requirement does not apply to Canadian citizens. In both cases, you need to present proof of citizenship and an approval notice from the USCIS (Form I-129).

If you need help with the legal paperwork for individuals you are hoping to bring to the country using this visa, we would be happy to assist. Please contact us today for more information!