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TN: Canadian and Mexican Nonimmigrant Visas

TN: Canadian and Mexican Nonimmigrant Visas

Nonimmigrant Visas for Canadians and Mexicans

Typically, a citizen of another country wishing to enter the United States must obtain a visa. Types of visas include nonimmigrant visas for temporary reasons/stays or an immigrant visa to gain permanent residency. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was created for a joint relationship between the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

The attorneys at Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C., have obtained visas for both Canadians and Mexicans through NAFTA professional workers. Our experienced Chicago immigration lawyers are prepared to help you navigate the visa process for professional workers from bordering countries.

NAFTA Eligibility for Professional Workers

In order to qualify for this visa, the applicant must be a citizen of Canada or Mexico. Additionally, the profession in which you are entering the United States for must be listed on the approved NAFTA list. Prior arrangements must be made between the employer and nonimmigrant seeking visa for work.

How to Apply for a Visa

There are three to four parts to the TN visa application process: completing the nonimmigrant visa application, submitting your photo, interviewing with the U.S. embassy or consulate, and potentially submitting further documents if required by the consulate.

1. Complete the Non-Immigrant Visa Application

All non-immigrant visa applicants must fill out Form DS-160, Non-Immigrant Visa Application. This form includes several questions regarding their background as well as the purpose of their visit to the U.S.

Submitting Form DS-160 costs $190. Additional fees may apply depending on the relationship between the U.S. and the foreign national’s home country.

2. Photo

You will be required to upload your photo after completion of the visa application.

3. Interview with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate

Foreign nationals between the ages of 14 and 79 who apply for a non-immigrant visa must interview with an official at the U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country or country of residence. Schedule this interview as soon as possible to avoid long wait times.

4. Additional Documentations

The NAFTA office may require additional documentation in order to qualify you for the TN visa. Proof of licensure and accurate credentials may be requested.

Requirements for Canadian Citizens

A NAFTA Professional (TN) visa is required for a Canadian Citizen who resides in a different country with a non-Canadian spouse and/or child, who also plans to enter the US as a NAFTA professional. This is required because for the spouse/children to enter, they will have to apply for a nonimmigrant visa in which the TN visa is the prerequisite for.

Requirements for Mexican Citizens

A NAFTA Professional (TN) visa is required to request admission into the United States.

How Long Does It Take to Process a TN Visa?

Process time for initial TN visa applications can be reviewed and processed within a few weeks for premier processing, and up to several months with the standard form of processing.

How Long Does a TN Visa Last?

TN Visas are typically valid for one year. You can extend your TN visa for further one-year terms but must prove there is a need for the extension.

Contact an Experienced Immigration Attorney Today

At Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C., we provide individuals, families, and employers the legal representation they need to navigate the process of obtaining non-immigrant visas.

Our attorneys have over seven decades of combined experience in U.S. immigration law. We’ve helped guide numerous clients through the complicated process of gaining Canadian and Mexican visas in the U.S. Contact a member of our team today at 312.444.1940.

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