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NAFTA Professional Work Visa

The TN Visa is a work visa issued by the United States to citizens of Canada and Mexico to be employed in certain listed professions. There are 63 professions eligible for the TN Visa. TN Visa holders may work in the US for a US or a foreign employer. A TN Visa gives the foreign worker permission to live and work in the US during the visa validity period. When the foreign worker is issued a TN Visa, the spouse and children, who are under 21 years old and unmarried, are issued a TD Visa, which gives them permission to live and go to school in the US. The TN work visa may be issued for up to 3 years at a time and there is no limit to how many times it may be renewed.

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1. Live in the USA with TN/TD Visa

The applicant and immediate family will be able to legally live in the USA. Immediate family includes spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21. The foreign worker is issued a visa called the TN Visa and the immediate family is issued a visa called the TD Visa.

2. Work in the USA

The applicant will be authorized to legally work in the USA.

3. Public Education with TD Visa

The applicant’s children will have access to public schools in the USA and attend classes from Pre-K to high school.

4. University with TD Visa

University age children will be able to attend universities in the US without a Student Visa.

5. Social Security Number

TN Visa holder will be able to get a Social Security Number.

6. Driver’s License

TN Visa holder will be eligible to apply for a US Driver’s License.

7. TN Visa to Green Card

TN Visa holders can apply for a Green Card via process called the PERM. The law is very clear on this point. So if you have a TN Visa and would like to apply for a Green Card, consult one of our immigration lawyers.

The TN Visa has 4 main requirements:

1. Mexico / Canada

You, the TN applicant, must be a Mexican or Canadian Citizen.

2. Job Offer in Professional Level Position

You must have been offered employment from a company or a person in the US. And the job offer must be in a professional level job. In other words, someone wants to hire you to work in the US in a professional capacity. The job offer may come from a US employer or a foreign employer.

3. You must be a professional

The job offered to you must be related to your field of expertise or field of education. For example, you would be a good candidate for a TN Visa if you are offered a job in engineering and you have a university degree in engineering.

4. TN Visa Job List

Only job positions that are related to one of the 63 professions listed on the TN Visa Job List (see below) qualify for the TN Visa. For example, if you are offered an Engineering job, you need verify that ‘Engineer’ appears on the TN Visa Job List. In this case, Engineer is on the list, therefore the job you are being offered qualifies for a TN Visa.

Furthermore, to qualify for the TN Visa, you must meet the minimum required education/training listed with each profession.

General Professions – TN Visa

There are 2 professions that do not require any schooling: Management Consultant and Scientific Technician.

There are 6 professions that only require a vocational diploma or certificate.

Profession Minimum Requirements for Qualification
1. Accountant - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree, or CPA, CA, CGA or CMA
2. Architect - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree, or State/Provincial License
3. Computer Systems Analyst - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree, or
- Post-Secondary Diploma or Certificate, and three years experience
4. Disaster Relief Insurance Claims Adjuster (Claims Adjuster employed by insurance company, or an independent claims adjuster) - Bachelors 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
5. Economist - Bachelors, or Licenciatura Degree
6. Engineer - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree, or State/Provincial License
7. Forester - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree, or State/Provincial License
8. Graphic Designer - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree, or
- Post-Secondary Diploma or Post-Secondary Certificate, and three years experience
9. Hotel Manager - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree in hotel/restaurant management, or
- Post-Secondary Diploma or Post-Secondary Certificate in hotel/restaurant management, and three years experience in hotel/restaurant management
10. Industrial Designer/Interior Designer - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree, or
- Post-Secondary Diploma or Certificate, and three years experience
11. Land Surveyor - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree, or State/Provincial/Federal License
12. Landscape Architect - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree
13. Lawyer/Attorney (including Notary in Quebec) - LLB, JD, LLL, BCL, or
- Licenciatura Degree (five years), or
- Membership in a state/provincial bar
14. Librarian - MLS or BLS (for which another Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree was a prerequisite)
15. Management Consultant - Bachelors 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
16. Mathematician Statistician - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree
17. Range Manager/Conservationist - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree
18. Research Assistant (working in a post-secondary educational institution) - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree
19. Scientific Technician/Technologist - Possession of: (a) 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
20. Social Worker - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree
21. Sylviculturist (including Forestry Specialist) - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree
22. Technical Publications Writer - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree, or
23. Urban Planner/Geographer - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree
24. Vocational Counselor - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree

Science Professions – TN Visa

The profession of Medical Technologist is the only one that does not require a Bachelors degree or a Licenciatura degree.

Profession Minimum Requirements for Qualification
1. Agriculturist (including Agronomist) - Bachelors, or Licenciatura Degree
2. Animal Breeder - Bachelors, or Licenciatura Degree
3. Animal Scientist - Bachelors, or Licenciatura Degree
4. Apiculturist - Bachelors, or Licenciatura Degree
5. Astronomer - Bachelors, or Licenciatura Degree
6. Biologist & Biochemist - Bachelors, or Licenciatura Degree
7. Chemist - Bachelors, or Licenciatura Degree
8. Dairy Scientist - Bachelors, or Licenciatura Degree
9. Entomologist - Bachelors, or Licenciatura Degree
10. Epidemiologist - Bachelors, or Licenciatura Degree
11. Geneticist - Bachelors, or Licenciatura Degree
12. Geologist & Geochemist - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree
13. Geophysicist (including Oceanographer) - Bachelors, or Licenciatura Degree
14. Horticulturist - Bachelors, or Licenciatura Degree
15. Meteorologist - Bachelors, or Licenciatura Degree
16. Pharmacologist - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree
17. Physicist (including Oceanographer) - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree
18. Plant Breeder - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree
19. Poultry Scientist - Bachelors, or Licenciatura Degree
20. Soil Scientist - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree
21. Zoologist - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree

Medical Professions – TN Visa

There is only 1 profession that does not require any schooling: Medical Technologist.

Profession Minimum Requirements for Qualification
1. Dentist - DDS, DMD, or
- State/Provincial License, or
- Doctor en Odontologia or Doctor en Cirugia Dental
2. Dietitian - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree, or
- State/Provincial License
3. Medical Laboratory Technologist/Medical Technologist - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree, or
- Post-Secondary Diploma or Post-Secondary Certificate, and three years experience
4. Nutritionist - Bachelors, or Licenciatura Degree
5. Occupational Therapist - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree, or
- State/Provincial License
6. Pharmacist - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree, or
- State/Provincial License
7. Physician (teaching or research only) - M.D. or Doctor en Medicina, or
- State/Provincial License
8. Physiotherapist/Physical Therapist - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree, or
- State/Provincial License
9. Psychologist - State/Provincial License, or Licenciatura Degree
10. Recreational Therapist - Bachelors, or Licenciatura Degree
11. Registered Nurse - State/Provincial License, or Licenciatura Degree
12. Veterinarian - DVM, DMV, or
- Doctor en Veterinaria, or
- State/Provincial License

Teachers & Professors – TN Visa

Only teachers and professors who teach at colleges, universities and seminaries qualify for the TN Visa. Teachers K-12 do not qualify.

Profession Minimum Requirements for Qualification
1. Colleges and University Teachers (including Professors) - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree
2. Seminary - Bachelors or Licenciatura Degree

The application process for a TN Visa is a simple process:

– TN Document Checklist

Once you hire our firm, our immigration attorney will provide you with a detailed checklist of the documents needed to prepare your TN Visa application. This checklist is the most important part of the application process, because it lays out exactly what will be needed to apply for the TN.

– TN Visa Interview

Mexican Citizens

Mexican citizens must apply for the TN Visa at a US Consulate. So if you are Mexican, once your TN application is ready, our immigration attorney will schedule an interview appointment for you and your family at the US Consulate in Mexico. At this appointment, the US Consulate will interview you regarding your TN Visa application. Prior to your appointment, the Immigration Attorney will prepare you for the TN Visa interview. Upon approval of your application, the TN Visa will be stamped in your passport.

Canadian Citizen

On the other hand, if you are Canadian, you will apply for the TN Visa at a US Port of Entry where a CBP Officer will interview you. Prior to your TN interview, the Immigration Attorney will prepare you for the interview so that you are well prepared to answer the questions you may be asked.

The TN Visa will initially last from 1 to 3 years. It can be renewed in increments of 1 to 3 years. There is no limit to how many times you can renew the TN Visa as long as you continue having a job offer in the USA.

1. What is a TN Visa?

The TN Visa is a work visa issued by the United States to citizens of Canada and Mexico to be employed in certain listed professions. There are 63 professions eligible for the TN Visa. TN Visa holders may work in the US for a US or a foreign employer. A TN Visa gives the foreign worker permission to live and work in the US during the visa validity period. When the foreign worker is issued a TN Visa, the spouse and children, who are under 21 years old and unmarried, are issued a TD Visa, which gives them permission to live and go to school in the US. The TN Visa may be issued for up 3 years at a time and there is no limit to how many times it may be renewed.

2. What does TN visa stand for?

The TN in TN Visa stands for “Trade NAFTA.” The TN Visa is made possible by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

3. How many times can you renew your TN visa?

There is no limit to how many times you can renew the TN Visa as long as you continue having a job offer in the USA.

4. How long is the TN visa valid for?

The TN Visa will initially last from 1 to 3 years. It can be renewed in increments of 1 to 3 years.

5. If I have a job and a TN Visa, can I get a new job with the same TN Visa?

The TN Visa is employer specific. If you want to change jobs, you will need to apply for a new TN Visa. Also, if you want to work with 2 employers at the same time, you can apply to have 2 TN Visas at the same time.

6. What if I am fired or laid off by my employer?

If for any reason you are let go from your current employer while under the TN status, you will be required to depart from the United States. However, you will be eligible to apply for a new TN Visa upon finding a new job offer.

7. Can I still apply for a TN Visa if I do not have a bachelor’s degree?

Yes, in some cases. There are a few TN professions that do not require a bachelor’s degree.

For more information Contact Our San Antonio TN Visa Lawyer

If you would like to set up a consultation with an immigration lawyer to discuss the time, costs and other requirements associated with the TN Visa application, please call (210) 858-9681.

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