TN

TN Visa Status - North American Free Trade Agreement

Description

This non-immigrant visa category will allow a Canadian citizen (but not landed immigrants) to enter the U.S. temporarily to engage in activities at a professional level. These activities have been defined as undertakings which require at least a baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree or appropriate credentials demonstrating status as a professional (see list of professional occupations).

A Canadian citizen entering in this category can apply for permission to stay for up to one year. No maximum limit on the number of extensions has been established. Dependents of a person holding TN status enter on the TD status and are not allowed to work.

Mexican citizens also qualify for the TN visa. Application procedures, however, are quite different than those for Canadian citizens. Contact the OISS for more details.

A baccalaureate degree is the minimum requirement to qualify for TN status, unless otherwise specified.


Procedure for Canadian Citizens:

STEP 1: Hiring Department provides an offer letter which lists the salary, complete description of job duties, length of stay and requirements for degree or licenses. It is essential that the job title mirror one on the list of accepted professional occupations.

STEP 2: To enter the U.S. in TN status, the Canadian citizen applies at a port of entry with the following:

  1. evidence of Canadian citizenship
  2. documentation of professional qualifications, (diplomas, degrees, transcripts). These must show that the educational requirements for the above professional occupations have been met.
  3. letter or contract from hiring department that includes: a description of the professional-level activity in which the visitor will be engaged; a full description of the nature of the job duties that the visitor will be performing; the anticipated length of stay; and the salary (see samples)
  4. $50 fee.
  5. the visitor must be otherwise admissible under U.S. immigration law.

STEP 3: Visitor enters the US and reports to the OISS for completion of the I-9 Form. Visitor must bring passport and I-94 card.


Sample TN Letters

The letter must include a professional title that clearly relates to one of the occupations on the TN list of professional occupations. For this reason, the Cornell academic title alone (i.e. Research Associate II) may not be sufficient. If the academic title is not descriptive, please also include a working title in the letter, as well as a full description of the nature of the job duties the applicant will be performing, the anticipated length of stay, and the arrangements for remuneration):

SAMPLE A:

To Whom It May Concern (Dear U.S. Border Official):

This letter is to certify that the Veterinary College at Cornell University is offering the position of Veterinarian to Mary James. The appointment will be from June 1, 2003 to June 1, 2004, remunerated at a salary of $90,000.

The duties of her job will include overseeing the animal care and use program at Cornell University. She will aid in employee training programs, work with housing and procurement of research animals, and provide advice and consultation on animal models and federal, state, and local rules and regulations pertaining to animal use. She will share "on-call" duties with other veterinarians (description of duties should be as complete and detailed as possible).

SAMPLE B:

To Whom It May Concern (Dear U.S. Border Official):

This letter is to certify that the department of Physics at Cornell University is offering the position of Scientific Technician to John Thomas. The appointment will be from June 1, 2003 to June 1, 2004, remunerated at a salary of $30,000.

The duties of his job will include direct support of the twelve professional physicists in the department, and working with them to solve practical problems in the discipline. He will be applying principles of Physics to both basic and applied research as he supports the research group in their current project working with (description of duties should be as complete and detailed as possible).

Contact OISS with any questions