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TN for Canadians

The United States, Canada and Mexico are parties to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This agreement allows for expedited admission of certain designated business people from each country. There is an established list of these occupations in Appendix 1603.D.1 of the agreement. The occupations listed are considered specialty occupations, requiring at least a Bachelor's degree, though many require higher degrees and/or specific experience.

Please note that while the TN status may be an option for eligible Mexican citizens as well, it is not the usual practice of the University of Rochester to employ Mexican citizens on a TN, but rather on another status such as H-1B. Please contact ISO Scholar Services with any further questions regarding this.


Initial and Extension TN Applications

After submitting completed questionnaires (provided below) to the ISO, Canadian citizens may apply for TN status (and renewals) at U.S. border crossings and ports of entry with all required fees and documentation.  The hiring department from the University must provide the TN candidate with a letter on University letterhead.

Initial applications for TN status must be presented at a U.S. border crossing to a trade officer, no more than two weeks prior to the desired start date. Initial applications for TN status are not sent to USCIS by ISO for processing.

For extensions, it is preferred and recommended that the TN employee goes to a U.S. border crossing to reapply; this can be done two weeks prior to the current TN expiration date, and please note that the U.S. border crossing must have a trade officer present to process the application. If the extension is to be processed by USCIS, all required questionnaires and documentation must be submitted to the ISO at least six months in advance of the current TN expiration date.


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