The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), renamed as the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), 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.
Among the types of professionals who are eligible to seek admission as TN nonimmigrants are accountants, engineers, lawyers, pharmacists, scientists, teachers and many others. The beneficiary may be eligible for TN nonimmigrant status, if:
The beneficiary is a citizen of Canada or Mexico;
The beneficiary’s profession qualifies under the regulations;
The position in the United States requires a NAFTA professional;
The beneficiary has a prearranged full-time or part-time job with a U.S. employer (but not self-employment); and the beneficiary has the qualifications to practice in the profession in question.
The nonimmigrant NAFTA Professional (TN) visa allows citizens of Canada and Mexico, as NAFTA professionals, to work in the United States in prearranged business activities for U.S. or foreign employers. Carnegie Evaluations’ experts establish that a position qualifies under one of the categories of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). When requested, the expert can also evaluate the beneficiary’s academic credentials and/or discuss work experience history to endorse the beneficiary as suitable for the offered position.
Carnegie Evaluations’ expert opinion letter in support of a TN professional will typically be used to help qualify that a proposed position is a professional position fitting the classification or that the beneficiary is qualified for the position. Additionally, the expert opinion letter supporting a TN position will sometimes be used to show the close relationship between academic degree fields, which would demonstrate that the beneficiary is qualified.
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