There are two types of TN visas based on nationality:
- TN-1 is the visa for citizens of Canada
- TN-2 is the visa for citizens of Mexico
The TN-1 Visa is designed for Canadian citizens to work in the US as NAFTA professionals. In general, Canadian citizens do not need a visa to enter the US. They can choose not to apply for a TN visa after they find a job. Instead, they will get the TN qualifications at specific Ports of Entry of US airports or in Pre-Flight Inspection Offices. These are the required documents to apply for a Canadian TN visa at the Port of Entry or Pre-Flight Inspection:
- Proof of your Canadian citizenship.
- Proof that you have employment in the US, such as name of the company, your job positions, your length of employment, and job description.
- Administrative fee to be paid either at the Port of Entry or during the Pre-Flight inspection.
If you choose to get a TN visa before you enter the US, your employer must submit a Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Remember that the processing from USCIS will take a few months, but Premium Processing is available for an additional payment. Then at the Port of Entry in the US, you can show proof of your citizenship and your approved Form I-129
The TN-2 visa is for Mexican citizens that want to work in the US as NAFTA professionals. In comparison to Canadian citizens, those from Mexico are required to apply for a TN visa at US Embassies and cannot simply get the qualification at a US port of entry.
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