about TN

The TN non-immigrant visa program allows U.S. employers to hire Mexican and Canadian professionals for renewable periods of up to three years. Created by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and modernized in the forthcoming United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the TN visa program is a unique solution for employers seeking to employ educated and experienced foreign professionals in skilled job positions. There is no annual cap on the number of TN visas issued.

The TN visa program is limited to specific job categories. Most categories require a college degree, professional certification, or license. Some job categories require a combination of a college degree and prior professional work experience. This helps ensure that TN visa holders have the skills, competence, and knowledge to succeed in your professional job opportunity. 

másTN’s services include everything you need to successfully locate, recruit, and hire a qualified Mexican professional for your business. Here are some of the many TN program benefits:

  • Streamlined application and renewal process that is less time-consuming (and more cost-effective) than other non-immigrant visa programs.
  • No U.S. Department of Labor-mandated advertising, prevailing wage requirements, or burdensome certification process.
  • You determine the terms and conditions of employment (including compensation and benefits), not the government.

TN ServiceS

másTN provides comprehensive TN visa consulting services, including assistance with recruiting qualified Mexican professionals and handling the multi-stage process on your behalf. Our basic service package includes:

  • Evaluating your professional job opportunity and making recommendations on the appropriate TN job category.
  • Helping you define the scope of your job requirements and all applicable terms and conditions of employment.
  • Preparing a job advertisement, working with our affiliates in Mexico to recruit and screen candidates, and arranging interviews between you and the candidate(s) of your choice.
  • Creating appropriate documentation for the TN visa petition, scheduling the visa interview appointment(s) at an appropriate U.S. Consulate in Mexico, and preparing the candidate(s) for the TN interview process.

FAQ

What job categories are TN-eligible?

The TN visa is designed for Mexican and Canadian professionals. With a few narrow exceptions, this means that the job opportunities must allow candidates to apply their skills, education, and experience. Here are the eligible job categories:

  • Accountant
  • Agriculturist
  • Agronomist
  • Animal Breeder
  • Apiculturist
  • Architect
  • Astronomer
  • Biologist
  • Chemist/Biochemist
  • Dairy Scientist
  • Dentist
  • Economist
  • Entomologist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Engineer
  • Forester
  • Geneticist
  • Geochemist
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Horticulturalist
  • Hotel Manager
  • Industrial Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Land Surveyor
  • Landscape Architect
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Management Consultant
  • Mathematician
  • Meteorologist
  • Nutritionist/Dietician
  • Oceanographer
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physicist
  • Plant Breeder
  • Poultry Scientist
  • Psychologist
  • Range Manager
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Research Assistant
  • Scientific Technician
  • Social Worker
  • Soil Scientist
  • Sylviculturalist
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Urban Planner
  • Veterinarian
  • Vocational Counselor
  • Zoologist

 

When do I apply for the TN program?

The TN visa program has many requirements that need to be addressed in advance. These requirements are separate and apart from the recruitment and screening processes. Although there are no mandatory government filing timelines, it is best to enroll with másTN at least 90 days prior to the date you need the TN professional(s) to begin work. A long lead-time will help ensure that másTN has adequate time to evaluate your needs, identify qualified candidates, and prepare the necessary materials for candidate(s) you decide to hire.

How does the TN application process work?

The exact process depends on whether your TN candidate is out-of-country or is currently working in the United States on another non-immigrant visa. For out-of-country applications, the TN candidate applies directly through the U.S. Consulate in Mexico. másTN assists with the DS-160 individual visa application and helps the TN candidate prepare for the consular interview process.

For in-country applications (i.e., current non-immigrant visa holders), másTN prepares and files a non-immigrant visa petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS). The petition extends the TN visa holder’s stay in the United States and/or substitutes you as the employer-of-record for that visa holder.

How long can TN professionals stay in the United States?

The TN program allows visa holders to remain in the U.S. for renewable periods of up to three years. In most cases, the government will renew the visa in one-year increments. There is no limit to the number of times the TN professional can renew the visa.

How much do I pay TN professionals?

Unlike other non-immigrant visa programs, the TN program does not have a U.S. Department of Labor-mandated prevailing wage requirement. By definition, however, all TN job categories represent professional job opportunities. Accordingly, your offered compensation should reflect the level of skill and qualifications for the job.

Offering an appropriate level of compensation is not only helpful in attracting qualified candidates, but also maximizes your chances of getting a TN visa candidate through the consular interview process. If your offered compensation is (or is perceived to be) below market rate, consular officers may determine that the job is not a bona fide professional opportunity and may reject the TN candidate(s). másTN can provide wage survey data and other resources for helping you determine an appropriate range of compensation that is likely to pass consular scrutiny.

How do candidates qualify for a TN visa?

TN candidates must satisfy the minimum requirements in the job category for which they are applying. In most cases, that is a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Some categories may include other requirements (e.g., professional certification or license, prior work experience, etc.). The U.S. Consulate will deny any candidates lacking appropriate credentials.

Keep in mind, however, that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee approval. Consular officers have substantial discretion and will conduct thorough interviews of all TN applicants. Candidates are evaluated on their knowledge of the job opportunity as well as their ability to articulate specific details about their skills, experience, and qualifications.

You should also note that candidates do not necessarily need to possess a bachelor’s degree in the job category’s specific discipline or field of study. Having a bachelor’s degree in a different discipline or field of study may suffice if the candidate is able to demonstrate competence and skills relevant for the job opportunity (e.g., through prior work experience). Generally, however, it is helpful for the consular interview process if the candidate’s educational credentials align with the job category.

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