On October 16, 2008, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
("USCIS") increased the term that Trade-NAFTA, or
"TN Visa" non-immigrant workers can work in the United
States from a one-year term to a three year term. This significant
policy change has created greater certainty for Canadian companies
and professionals seeking to perform work or do business in the
United States. All other conditions of TN Visa status remain the
TN Visa holders are either Canadian or Mexican citizens who
possess either a bachelors degree or a professional designation
included in the NAFTA Professionals list of 66 identified
professions, including lawyers, engineers, accountants, and
Before this US policy change, TN non-immigrant status was
granted for a one year term and could only be renewed for
additional one year terms at the discretion of USCIS officials.
Though this gave Canadian professionals the potential to work in
the United States, there was the constant threat that TN Visa
renewal applications would be rejected and that they would have to
leave the United States immediately following a negative
The increase of the TN Visa term from one year to three years
provides greater certainty for Canadian professionals and
businesses and allows them make longer-term business decisions. It
also decreases the administration and legal costs involved in
obtaining annual TN Visas.
Neither Canada nor Mexico have mirrored this US policy change at
this time, which means that Canadian work permits issued to
American and Mexican applicants under NAFTA's professional
category will continue to be valid for one year.
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