How to Get a TN Visa to Work in the United States

If you are a Canadian citizen who wants to work in the United States, you can apply for a TN Visa to work in the United States on a temporary basis. Only Canadian citizens are eligible for a TN visa to work in the United States, Canadian permanent residents are not eligible. TN visas

How to get a TN Visa

1. Be a Canadian (or Mexican) citizen. You must have proof of this, like a birth certificate or valid Canadian passport.

2. Have a valid job offer from a United States employer that is on a temporary basis, up to three years. This job offer must be properly formatted for the process of applying for a TN Visa. For more information, contact us using the form on the right.

3. Ensure the job offer is for a job that is on the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) list of approved jobs for a TN Visa. This list is available here:

NOTE: Is your job offer not consistent with the NAFTA list? We may be able to help! Contact one of our licensed immigration lawyers as soon as possible for help.

4. Compile all of the needed supporting documentation for your TN Visa application. This should include your TN Visa-formatted job offer, your proof of Canadian citizenship, information about your ties to Canada (to prove that you will leave the United States at the end of your stay), proof of your education and qualifications for the job (via educational transcripts, reference letters and work history information), and other documents that may be relevant to your individual case.

5. Have your TN Visa application reviewed by a licensed immigration lawyer to make sure your application and supporting documentation is all in order. If you make a mistake on your application, it could be denied! An immigration lawyer can make sure that everything is flawless and ready to go.

6. Arrive at the United States border or port of entry, and inform them you would like to apply for a TN visa. You will need to provide them with all of your supporting documentation.

Need help with your TN Visa application? Is your job offer not consistent with the NAFTA list? Contact us using the form on the right today. We can help!

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