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The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) established a non-immigrant visa classification for Canadian and Mexican citizens to work in the U.S. in professional positions. To qualify a position must be on the "position list" published, as part of NAFTA and an individual must meet the standard qualifications for such a position. This list includes several medical health professional, scientist and university teaching positions.
This category does not allow for dual intent (i.e. an individual should not use this category if they intend to apply for permanent residency/green card).
Dependents of a TN receive TD status and cannot work. TD Dependents may attend school full or part time
The department must first verify the position is on the list of TN Qualifying Professions. Please contact ISSS to discuss the possibility of a TN. Email ISSS at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-204-3805.
The TN is issued in up to three-year increments. There is no limit to the number of extensions possible, however, it is not recommended to use this status for a long term as the foreign national's intent not to immigrate may be brought into question.
Canadians may apply for TN status at the point of entry into the U.S as no prior pre-approved application or visa is needed. Mexican nationals must obtain a US TN visa before proceeding to the border. Both must supply the following at the port of entry: