Who qualifies for TN status?
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) created special economic and trade relationships for the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The nonimmigrant NAFTA Professional (TN) visa allows citizens of Canada and Mexico, as NAFTA professionals, to work in the United States in prearranged business activities for U.S. employers. TN is a temporary, employer-specific, non-immigrant status. All TN requests for Georgia Tech employment must be processed by Global HR, and the employing must initiate all TN requests.
The TN process should be initiated by the department as early as possible to avoid delays in employment start dates or gaps in employment authorization.
Canadian citizens are not required to apply for a TN visa at a U.S. consulate, but must establish eligibility for TN classification at the time they seek admission to the United States by presenting required documentation to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at certain CBP-designated U.S. ports of entry or at a designated pre-clearance/pre-flight inspection station. The following documentation must be presented to the CBP officer:
- Proof of Canadian citizenship;
- Letter from the Georgia Institute of Technology detailing items such as the professional capacity in which the individual will work in the United States, the purpose of employment, length of stay, and educational qualifications; and
- Credentials evaluation (if applicable), together with any applicable fees.
Mexican citizens are required to obtain a visa to enter the United States as a TN nonimmigrant. Mexican citizens must apply for a TN visa directly at a U.S. embassy or consulate in Mexico. After the TN visa is approved, the individual may apply for admission at certain CBP-designated U.S. ports of entry or at a designated pre-clearance/pre-flight inspection station.
Processing Time: Vermont Service Center
|Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker||$460|
|Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing (optional, guarantees adjudication or request for additional evidence in 15 days)||$1,225|
In lieu of filing a petition with USCIS, the TN employee can travel to Canada/Mexico obtain or extend their TN status.