What do I need a TN Visa for?

All foreign nationals who wish to work in the United States require a work visa of some kind. If you are a Canadian citizen who works in a specific occupation and already have a job offer for that profession, a TN Visa may be the type of US work visa you are looking for. 

Professionals who have a job offer in the United States in certain occupations will require a TN visa to work in the United States on a temporary basis.

There is a long list of occupations that qualify for a TN Visa. All of these jobs are considered professional occupations and require extensive schooling. Some examples of these jobs include doctors, lawyers, engineers, registered nurses, accountants, scientists and others.

Applying for a TN Visa

Did you know that you can apply for a TN Visa at the US-Canada border or at the United States port of entry, like an airport? While this makes it sound easy – keep in mind that you can also be denied for a TN visa at the airport or US-Canada border and have to turn around and head back to Canada.

To avoid being denied for a TN Visa, you need to make sure that you have all of the documentation necessary to prove that you are eligible for a TN Visa.

Some of this documentation includes the job offer from your employer (formatted properly for a TN visa petition), employment references and education information that indicates you’re qualified for the job you’ve been offered, proof of your Canadian citizenship and indication that you have strong ties to Canada and will return to Canada at the end of the TN visa.

Having your TN Visa documentation reviewed by a licensed immigration lawyer can mean the difference between being approved or denied. Even if your job offer is not in an occupation found on the NAFTA list, we can still help you.

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