TN Visa Lawyer for Canadians and Mexicans

For over 25 years, ILG’s TN Visa Lawyers have been devoted to offering strategic and vigorous legal representation for US immigration to clients worldwide. Each client and every case holds profound significance for us, as we deeply value the substantial benefits that immigration bestows upon the United States.

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What is TN Visa

The TN visa is a nonimmigrant visa category created under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), now part of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Specifically designed for Canadian and Mexican citizens, the TN visa allows individuals with professional qualifications to work in the United States. To obtain TN status, Canadian citizens can directly apply at a U.S. port of entry, while Mexican citizens need to undergo additional documentation procedures.

TN visa holders must have a valid passport and a job offer letter from a U.S. employer. The application process involves a visa interview and demonstrating professional qualifications, often with a focus on educational qualifications, previous employment, and alternative credentials. TN visa regulations also permit self-employment under certain conditions. This visa is crucial for professionals seeking entry into the U.S. for work purposes, fostering economic and trade relationships between the three countries.

TN Visa Requirements

To be eligible for TN visa status, you must provide proof of citizenship, which entails possessing a valid passport that confirms your Canadian or Mexican citizenship. Additionally, securing a pre-arranged full-time or part-time job in the United States is essential. This position can be with either a U.S. employer or a foreign employer that has a U.S. entity. Furthermore, meeting the professional qualifications for your specific field is a crucial requirement. This typically involves holding a bachelor’s or master’s degree in your relevant profession. Your chosen profession must fall within the list of 60 NAFTA professions, ranging from engineers and lawyers to social workers and dentists. Our experienced team can guide you through the TN visa application process, addressing the intricacies of immigration laws and ensuring compliance. Whether you are a Canadian citizen or a Mexican citizen, we can help in navigating the application for TN visas, facilitating your seamless entry into the U.S. under the American Free Trade Agreement.

TN Visa Application Process

Apply Directly at U.S. Port of Entry (Canadian Citizens)

Canadian citizens can conveniently apply directly at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) port of entry when entering the U.S., streamlining the process for obtaining TN nonimmigrant status.

TN Application Submission (Canadian Citizens)

Alternatively, Canadian citizens can have their employers submit the TN visa application, including Form I-129, to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Upon approval, they can seek entry at a U.S. port of entry.

U.S. Embassy or Consulate Submission (Mexican Citizens)

Mexican citizens are required to submit necessary documentation, such as Form DS-160, to a U.S. embassy or consulate. After an interview, they obtain a visa number to enter the U.S.

Attend Visa Interview (Mexican Citizens)

As part of the process, Mexican citizens must attend an interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate to further establish eligibility for TN nonimmigrant status.

Visa Approval and Entry (Mexican Citizens)

Upon successful completion of the interview, Mexican citizens receive approval and a visa number, allowing them to seek entry at a U.S. port of entry.

Seek Entry at U.S. Port of Entry

For both Canadian and Mexican citizens, the final step involves seeking entry at a U.S. port of entry, where they can present the necessary documentation and finalize their TN visa status.

Why ILG and How We Help

Discover the expertise of Immigration Group in facilitating smooth TN Visa processes for Canadians and Mexicans, ensuring success through personalized solutions and a proven track record.

Comprehensive Understanding of Immigration Law

A seasoned TN Visa attorney specializes in immigration law, ensuring a deep comprehension of the complex legal aspects involved in the application process. This expertise is crucial in crafting a strong application that fulfills all requirements. We are a Washington, DC-based immigration law firm with over two decades of experience, thoroughly versed in all aspects of immigration law.

Customized Immigration Solutions for Your Unique Circumstances

Each TN Visa case is distinct, necessitating a tailored approach. A proficient immigration attorney evaluates your individual situation, whether you’re establishing a new office, transferring employees, or pursuing permanent residency. This personalized strategy enhances the chances of success.

Proven Track Record of Success

Glen Wasserstein, a lawyer who has been featured on NBC, BBC, and Fox News, regularly appears on national television to discuss immigration matters. A seasoned TN Visa attorney with a history of success demonstrates their adeptness in navigating the complexities of immigration law. This track record of accomplishments instills confidence in clients seeking dependable immigration solutions.

TN Visa Documents

Ensuring a seamless TN visa application for both Canadian and Mexican citizens involves providing the following documents:

TN Support Letter

Summarizes job details, chosen NAFTA profession, qualifications, salary, and employment specifics.

Proof of Qualifications

Original transcripts or diplomas demonstrating your qualifications for the chosen role.

Application Fee

Submission of the required application fee to process your TN visa application.

Additional Steps for Canadians:

Form I-129

Your employer may file this form on your behalf in addition to the core TN application, streamlining the entry process.

Additional Steps for Canadians:

Form DS-160

Essential for Mexican citizens, this online form accompanies the core TN application when applying for a TN visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate.

Adjusting Status or Renewing for Nonimmigrant Status:

Both Canadians and Mexicans holding nonimmigrant status in the U.S. have the option to use Form I-129 to adjust their status to TN or apply for renewals and new employment.

Trust our Immigration Law Group to guide you through the intricate TN visa process, ensuring compliance with the North American Free Trade Agreement and facilitating a successful entry into the United States for work.

Visa Duration

Visa Duration or Validity

The maximum period of admission into the U.S. for a TN visa holder is three years upon entry at a U.S. border. Remarkably, there's no imposed limit on the number of years a TN visa holder can stay in the United States, providing flexibility for career growth and exploration. While the TN visa status is a valuable opportunity for professionals, it is especially apt for individuals with aspirations of applying for U.S. permanent residence. Trust DC immigration lawyers to navigate the complexities of the TN visa program, offering comprehensive support and ensuring your seamless integration into the American workforce.

Visa Renewal 

Renewing your TN Visa is a straightforward process with our Immigration Law Group by your side. TN Visa renewals can be obtained every three (3) years, and there's no limit on the number of possible extensions—ensuring uninterrupted stays for as long as needed.

For current TN Visa holders, two renewal options exist:

1. By Mail with USCIS:
File Form I-129 by mail, a hassle-free option for those with no change in employment. Enjoy the convenience of renewing through a service center, eliminating the need to travel to a port of entry.

2. In Person with USCBP:
Depart the United States and re-apply for a TN Visa with USCBP upon returning—an ideal choice for those who prefer an in-person approach.

Client Reviews

What an amazing team to work with. SO grateful for Jen, Catherine and the whole team, who worked so hard and were so patient with us through this whole process of obtaining our green cards. They are truly experts and can be trusted without a doubt to help you with your immigration needs! Utmost professionals and a pleasure to work with.

Sarah C.

Immigration Law Group has a wonderful team of lawyers. They handled my h1b and permanent residence paperwork in a way that really made me feel comfortable and brought me peace through a very stressful time. they are on top of things and always answered my questions in a timely manner. I highly recommend them if you want to make sure everything goes perfectly.

Kiran M.

Everyone at Immigration Law Group, from the attorneys to support staff, have been nothing but helpful, well-informed, and courteous to me from the start until now. Jen, and Catherine in particular, have been super helpful in explaining complicated procedures and processes in easy to understand ways–yet not dumbing down to the level where they are leaving out important details. I feel confident and knowledgeable with ILG working on my case, and there’s a personal level of communication and trust, which also puts me at ease during a difficult and tricky process. I highly recommend Immigration Law Group–I’m so glad I found them!

Andrew O.

We are very satisfied with the Immigration Law Group and the services they had provided us so far. They have very capable staff that is always on top of our cases and help us navigate them successfully. We have had great success with all cases and their rates are very reasonable. They know Immigration law better than any other law firm we worked with. I would recommend them without hesitation!

Alina T.


The TN Visa Program allows Canadian and Mexican nationals with specific professional qualifications to work in the U.S. under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Yes, Canadian or Mexican citizens have the option to apply directly at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection port of entry when entering the U.S. under the TN Visa Program.

The TN Visa Program covers a variety of professions, including but not limited to engineers, lawyers, social workers, and dentists.

TN Visa holders can be admitted for up to three years initially, with the option for renewals every three years thereafter, providing a flexible stay for as long as needed.

Yes, Mexican citizens have the option to depart the U.S., re-apply for a TN Visa with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) upon returning, ensuring a smooth renewal process.

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