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Departments may wish to hire or retain faculty and highly specialized scientific staff who are non-immigrants who are eligible for TN (“Trade National”) visa status. Departments should contact the OIS to review the job title and job duties to ensure the position fits into an occupation on the TN list.
The TN Visa
"The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) created special economic and trade relationships for the United States, Canada and Mexico. The TN nonimmigrant classification permits qualified Canadian and Mexican citizens to seek temporary entry into the United States to engage in business activities at a professional level."(USCIS)
Permanent residents of Canada or Mexico are not eligible for the TN visa. Only citizens of Canada or Mexico qualify.
TN status may be granted for an initial period of up to three years, and may be extended indefinitely in three-year increments.
Departments may wish to hire or retain faculty and highly specialized scientific staff who are non-immigrants who are eligible for TN visa status. Departments should contact Amy Ramirez with a job description and a copy of the resume/CV of the prospective employee to determine whether TN eligibility criteria are met.
Acquiring TN status
If eligible, OIS will provide a sample TN letter to the requesting department for completion. The letter gets completed, printed on university letterhead, and signed by the department chair or supervisor of the TN employee. The original letter should be provided to the TN employee along with the Instructions to TN employees (pdf). The instructions provide guidance on what documents the TN employee will need in order to apply for a TN visa (Mexican citizens only) and/or seek admission into the United States in TN status.
For TN employees outside the U.S., they will acquire TN status at the border. For those currently in the U.S., either as TN employees or another non-immigrant status, they may acquire/extend TN status by traveling outside the U.S. and seeking readmission at the border. For those currently in the U.S., TN status may also be acquired or extended by filing Form I-129 with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. Please consult Amy Ramirez about this process if interested.