NAFTA (TN) Visas for Canadians and Mexicans

The Basics

 

General

Accountant: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or C.P.A., C.A., C.G.A. or C.M.A.

Architect: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license2

Computer Systems Analyst: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or PostSecondary Diploma3 or PostSecondary Certificate4, and three years experience

Disaster Relief Insurance Claims Adjuster (claims Adjuster employed by an insurance company located in the territory of a Party, or an independent claims adjuster): Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree, and successful completion of training in the appropriate areas of insurance adjustment pertaining to disaster relief claims; or three years experience in claims adjustment and successful completion of training in the appropriate areas of insurance adjustment pertaining to disaster relief claims.

Economist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Engineer: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license

Forester: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license

Graphic Designer: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or Post Secondary Diploma or PostSecondary Certificate, and three years experience

Hotel Manager: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree in hotel/restaurant management; or PostSecondary Diploma or PostSecondary Certificate in hotel/restaurant management, and three years experience in hotel/restaurant management

Industrial Designer: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or PostSecondary Diploma or PostSecondary Certificate, and three years experience

Interior Designer: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or PostSecondary Diploma or PostSecondary Certificate, and three years experience

Land Surveyor: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial/federal license

Landscape Architect: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Lawyer (including Notary in the Province of Quebec): LL.B., J.D., LL.L., B.C.L. or Licenciatura Degree (five years); or membership in a state/provincial bar

Librarian: M.L.S. or B.L.S. (for which another Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree was a prerequisite)

Management Consultant: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or equivalent professional experience as established by statement or professional credential attesting to five years experience as a management consultant, or five years experience in a field of specialty related to the consulting agreement

Mathematician (including Statistician): Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Range Manager/Range Conservationalist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Research Assistant (working in a post-secondary educational institution): Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Scientific Technician/Technologist (5): Possession of (a) theoretical knowledge of any of the following disciplines: agricultural sciences, astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, forestry, geology, geophysics, meteorology or physics; and (b) the ability to solve practical problems in any of those disciplines, or the ability to apply principles of any of those disciplines to basic or applied research

Social Worker: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Sylviculturist (including Forestry Specialist): Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Technical Publications Writer: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or PostSecondary Diploma or PostSecondary Certificate, and three years experience

Urban Planner (including Geographer): Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Vocational Counsellor: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Medical/Allied Professional

Dentist: D.D.S., D.M.D., Doctor en Odontologia or Doctor en Cirugia Dental; or state/provincial license

Dietitian: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license

Medical Laboratory Technologist (Canada)/Medical Technologist (Mexico and the United States) (6): Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or Post-Secondary Diploma or Post-Secondary Certificate, and three years experience

Nutritionist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Occupational Therapist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license

Pharmacist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license

Physician (teaching or research only): M.D. or Doctor en Medicina; or state/provincial license

Physiotherapist/Physical Therapist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license

Psychologist: State/provincial license; or Licenciatura Degree

Recreational Therapist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Registered Nurse: State/provincial license; or Licenciatura Degree

Veterinarian: D.V.M., D.M.V. or Doctor en Veterinaria; or state/provincial license

Scientist

Agriculturist (including Agronomist): Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Animal Breeder: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Animal Scientist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Apiculturist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Astronomer: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Biochemist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Biologist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Chemist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Dairy Scientist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Entomologist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Epidemiologist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Geneticist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Geologist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Geochemist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Geophysicist (including Oceanographer in Mexico and the United States): Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Horticulturist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Meteorologist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Pharmacologist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Physicist (including Oceanographer in Canada): Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Plant Breeder: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Poultry Scientist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Soil Scientist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Zoologist: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Teacher

College: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Seminary: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

University: Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

1 A business person seeking temporary entry under this Appendix may also perform training functions relating to the profession, including conducting seminars.

2 "State/provincial license" and "state/provincial/federal license" mean any document issued by a state, provincial or federal government, as the case may be, or under its authority, but not by a local government, that permits a person to engage in a regulated activity or profession.

3 "Post-Secondary Diploma" means a credential issued, on completion of two or more years of postsecondary education, by an accredited academic institution in Canada or the United States.

4 "Post-Secondary Certificate" means a certificate issued, on completion of two or more years of postsecondary education at an academic institution, by the federal government of Mexico or a state government in Mexico, an academic institution recognized by the federal government or a state government, or an academic institution created by federal or state law.

5 A business person in this category must be seeking temporary entry to work in direct support of professionals in agricultural sciences, astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, forestry, geology, geophysics, meteorology or physics.

6 A business person in this category must be seeking temporary entry to perform in a laboratory chemical, biological, hematological, immunologic, microscopic or bacteriological tests and analyses for diagnosis, treatment or prevention of disease.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Q: Is self-employment permitted in TN status?
A: No.

Q: Are family members of TN visa holders allowed to accompany them to the United States?
A: Yes. Spouses and children of TN visa holders may receive "TD" visas. They do not have to be citizens of Mexico or Canada themselves. Spouses and children cannot work while in the U.S. , but they are permitted to study.

A: The maximum period of admission into the U.S. with a TN visa is one year. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may grant extensions of stay in one year increments. There is no limit on the number of years a TN visa holder can stay in the United States, however, the TN visa status is not intended for permanent residence.

Q: May I change status to TN while in the United States in another valid visa status?
A: Yes, in most cases.