The TN Visa – A List of Applicable Occupations

Binder with TN Visa on label being pulled off of shelf

The TN visa provides employers with an avenue for hiring “NAFTA professional workers” from Canada or Mexico. The TN visa is a “pure” non-immigrant visa, meaning the pathway to U.S. permanent residence or citizenship may require additional steps or extraordinary measures throughout the process. However, TN visas can be extended, in theory, indefinitely in three-year increments.

In practice, the TN is usually valid for 9 years before the government begins to question more closely whether the individual has an intent to return to their home country, thereby satisfying the non-immigrant intent. To qualify for a TN visa, the candidate must hold a valid passport from Canada or Mexico, must work in one of the following fields, and must hold the necessary degrees and licensure to practice in the U.S.:

Professional Occupations

  • Accountant
  • Architect
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Disaster relief insurance claims adjuster
  • Economist
  • Engineer
  • Forester
  • Graphic Designer
  • Hotel Manager
  • Industrial Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Land Surveyor
  • Landscape Architect
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Management Consultant
  • Mathematician
  • Range Manager/Range Conservationist
  • Research Assistant
  • Scientific Technician/Technologist
  • Social Worker
  • Sylviculturist
  • Technical Publications Writer
  • Urban Planner
  • Vocational Counselor


  • College
  • Seminary
  • University

Medical/Allied Health
Professional Occupations

  • Dentist
  • Dietitian
  • Medical Laboratory
  • Technologist (Canada)/Medical Technologist (Mexico and the United States)
  • Nutritionist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician (teaching or research only)
  • Physiotherapist/Physical Therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Registered nurse
  • Veterinarian

Science Occupations

  • Agriculturist
  • Animal Breeder
  • Animal Scientist
  • Apiculturist
  • Astronomer
  • Biochemist
  • Biologist
  • Chemist
  • Dairy Scientist
  • Entomologist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Geneticist
  • Geochemist
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Horticulturist
  • Meteorologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physicist
  • Plant Breeder
  • Poultry Scientist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Zoologist