As part of North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, Mexico and the United States, the three countries desire the facilitation of temporary entry on a reciprocal basis. This means they are open to the granting of temporary entry for persons. As part of NAFTA, citizens of any of the three countries may be allowed facilitated temporary entry into each other’s territory. Some special conditions may apply.
Some benefits of T1, TN or NAFTA Visa
o Labour Certification may not be required which is usually an additional step for other work visas to the United States, such as the H1 work visas.
o Visas may be extended multiple times, which is unlike other similar work visas.
o The application processing is very expedient.
Basic eligibility for professionals under NAFTA
The applicant should be a citizen of Canada or Mexico and the profession should be one of those as listed below. The position in the U.S. should require a NAFTA professional. The work should be a prearranged full-time or part-time job. Self-employment is not permitted; Professional Canadian or Mexican citizens should have the qualifications necessary for the profession. Please note that permanent residents, including Canadian permanent residents, are not able to apply to work as a NAFTA professionals.
List of professionals under NAFTA:
Accountant, Architect, Computer Systems Analyst, Disaster Relief Insurance Claims Adjuster, Economist, Engineer, Forester, Graphic Designer, Hotel Manager, Industrial Designer, Interior Designer, Land Surveyor, Landscape Architect, Lawyer, Librarian, Management Consultant, Mathematician, Range Manager/Range Conservationalist, Research Assistant, Scientific Technician/Technologist, Social Worker, Sylviculturist, (including Forestry Specialist), Technical Publications, Writer, Urban Planner, Vocational Counsellor, Medical/Allied Professionals: Dentist, Dietician, Medical Laboratory Technologist, Nutritionist, Occupational Therapist, Pharmacist, Physician (teaching or research only), Physiotherapist/Physical Therapist, Psychologist, Recreational Therapist, Registered Nurse, Veterinarian, Scientist: Agriculturist, Animal Breeder, Animal Scientist, Apiculturist, Astronomer, Biochemist, Biologist, Chemist, Dairy Scientist, Entomologist, Epidemiologist, Geneticist, Geologist, Geochemist, Geophysicist, Horticulturist, Meteorologist, Pharmacologist, Physicist, Plant Breeder, Poultry Scientist, Soil Scientist, Zoologist, Teacher: College, Seminary, University.
Disclaimer: The above article is not a legal opinion as every case is different and is only for general awareness. Please contact us for specific questions and legal advise.