Special economic and trade relationships between the United States, Mexico and Canada were created by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). One of the things that NAFTA did was make it easier for people from Canada and Mexico to take advantage of work opportunities in the United States.
Qualifying Mexican and Canadian citizens should consult with a Maryland TN nonimmigrant classification permit attorney for assistance in obtaining a TN nonimmigrant classification permit that will allow them to do business in the United States. TN nonimmigrant classification can open up a wealth of exciting opportunities to expand your professional relationships, your income and your business acumen. Call today to get started on the process of obtaining a visa so you can benefit from the special opportunities that NAFTA made possible. We can be reached at 410-321-4994.
In order to be eligible to engage in business activities in the United States, you must meet specific eligibility criteria. For example, you may be eligible for TN status if:
While these requirements apply to both Canadian citizens and Mexican citizens, there are some differences in the specific process of obtaining TN nonimmigrant status depending on which country you are from. For example, Canadians are typically eligible for admission in the United States as nonimmigrants without a visa. The TN category, therefore, simply reflects the general exception that Canadians enjoy, which allows them to do business without a work visa.
A Canadian citizen can establish that he or she is eligible for TN status at the time when he enters the United States by providing appropriate documentation to a United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer. On the other hand, Mexican citizens must apply for and obtain a TN visa at either a U.S. consulate or a U.S. embassy in Mexico before they enter the United States in order to do business. Once a TN visa is approved, the Mexican citizen may apply for admission at specific CBP-designated U.S. ports of entry or at designated inspection stations.
Mexican and Canadian citizens can take steps to prove their eligibility to do business in the United States under NAFTA, and/or their employers can also get the immigration process started by submitting a Form I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker. There are specific steps that must be taken and documentation provided no matter which method is chosen, and it can be difficult to understand exactly how the immigration laws work for TN status.
U.S. employers as well as Mexican and Canadian citizens all benefit from the exciting opportunities that NAFTA has provided for foreign workers to do business in the U.S. Let a Maryland immigration attorney help you to take advantage of the benefits that NAFTA has made possible. Call today to learn more about how Miranda & Weisman, LLC can help you. You can reach us by calling 410-321-4994.