Atlanta TN-Visa Attorney Helping with Your TN-Visa Application
Thanks to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which creates special trade relationships among the United States, Canada, and Mexico, Canadian and Mexican nationals in certain professions may enter the U.S. to work on a TN-Visa. Canadian citizens are generally allowed to enter the U.S. as a nonimmigrant without a visa and can obtain TN status by presenting documentation to a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at certain locations. Mexican citizens, however, must apply for a TN-Visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Mexico. An accomplished TN-Visa lawyer from Sessoms Law Office, LLC can guide you through the United States immigration system and help you in your quest for a TN-Visa to work in the U.S. Call our Atlanta office today at 678-853-7402.
What Professions Are Eligible for a TN-Visa?
Only certain professionals in certain fields are eligible for a TN-Visa to work in the United States. If you are a citizen of Mexico or Canada and are an engineer, lawyer, pharmacist, accountant, teacher, or scientist, you may be eligible for a nonimmigrant TN-Visa, provided that you meet the other requirements for eligibility. These requirements include that you have secured employment with a U.S. employer, either full-time or part-time; that you have all of the necessary qualifications for the profession in question; and that the position requires a NAFTA professional. Self-employment does not qualify, even if it is in one of the approved professions.
How Do I Apply for TN Designation as a Canadian Citizen?
Canadian citizens who meet the qualifications for a TN nonimmigrant visa do not need to apply in advance, but may obtain entry and TN status when entering the United States. In order to do this, you must go to a designated U.S. port of entry or a designated pre-clearance/pre-flight inspection station and present the required documentation. This includes proof of your Canadian citizenship, a letter from your prospective employer that states the capacity you will be working in, the purpose of your employment, the expected length of your stay in the United States, and the education that qualifies you for this professional position. In addition, you must provide any evaluations of your credentials and any fees, if applicable. If a CPB officer finds you admissible to the United States, you will be admitted with TN nonimmigrant status.
How Do I Apply for a TN-Visa as a Mexican Citizen?
As a Mexican citizen seeking a TN nonimmigrant visa to work in the United States, you must file an application at a United States Embassy or Consulate while still in Mexico. Once you have gained approval through the consular process, you may present documentation at a designated U.S. port of entry or a designated pre-clearance/pre-flight inspection station. If a CPB officer finds you admissible to the United States, you will be admitted with TN nonimmigrant status. Any visa application to enter the United States to live and work can be a complicated process, and the skill and knowledge of an experienced immigration lawyer can be extremely helpful. Call Sessoms Law Group, LLC today at 678-853-7402 to get started.
May I Bring My Family Along to the U.S. once I have a TN-Visa?
In certain cases, the family members of those with TN nonimmigrant status may be granted TD nonimmigrant visas to join their TN status family member in the United States. Generally, the application process is the same as the process for the TN-Visa applicant and can be filed at the same time. As is true of the TN-Visa application, Canadian citizens may apply at the time of entry, while Mexican citizens must apply ahead of time at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. In some circumstances, however, such as when you have dependent family members who are not citizens of Mexico or Canada, there may be other requirements or procedures to follow. An accomplished immigration attorney from Sessoms Law Group can help you determine your next steps for bringing your family to the United States with you.