TN Visa Law and Legal Definition

TN Visa are special nonimmigrant visas that are available to citizens of Canada and Mexico. This visa permits Canadians and Mexicans to gain temporary entry to the U.S. to engage in business activities at a professional level. TN professionals include accountants, engineers, lawyers, pharmacists, scientists, and teachers. This visa category was established as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Under NAFTA, the TN Visa, or TN-1 Visa, enables the following people to work up to three years at a time:

Canadians citizens to work in the U.S.

American citizens to work in Canada

Mexican citizens to work in the U.S.

The main advantages of the TN Visa over other U.S. Immigration visas are: they can be obtained quickly; can be obtained at the border and no petition to U.S. Immigration is required (for Canadians); no annual limits on the number of TN Visas issued (H-1B has limits); very beneficial for employers who want to hire someone urgently; can be renewed indefinitely.