TN Fact Sheet

Status for Citizens Of Canada And Mexico

For Professions Listed In The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

A. Introduction

On January 1, 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) superseded the United States-Canada Free Trade Agreement. As a result, the Trade NAFTA (TN) category replaced the Trade Canada (TC) category as an alternative to the H-1B category for Canadian professionals.

B. Benefits

The major benefits of TN status to Canadian and Mexican citizens otherwise eligible for H-1B status are the streamlined application procedures at ports of entry or U.S. Consulates, the lack of any limit on the number of extensions of stay or applications for readmission (applied for in three-year increments), and the absence of a limit on the total number of TN admissions that may be granted. This last benefit obviously becomes most important if the annual cap on H-1B petition approvals is reached. Moreover, there are some professions that are eligible for TN status, which would not necessarily meet the criteria for H-1B status.

C. Professions

TN status is available only for the categories/professions listed in NAFTA.

Examples of qualifying categories/professions for TN category and requirement(s):

  • Accountant (Bachelor’s degree, C.P.A, C.A., C.G.A, or C.M.A.)

  • Computer Systems Analyst (Bachelor’s degree; or post-secondary diploma/certificate plus 3

    years’ experience)

  • Economist (Bachelor’s degree)

  • Engineer (Bachelor’s degree or state/provincial license)

  • Graphic Designer (Bachelor’s degree; or post-secondary diploma/certificate and 3 years’


  • Lawyer (including Notary in the province of Quebec) (L.L.B., J.D., L.L.M., B.C.L., or

    membership in a state/provincial bar)

  • Management Consultant (Bachelor’s degree or 5 years’ experience in consulting or related


  • Pharmacist (Bachelor’s degree or state/provincial license)

  • Research Assistant (working in a post-secondary educational institution) (Bachelor’s degree)

  • Scientific Technician/Technologist (work in direct support of professionals in chemistry,

    engineering, geology, geophysics, meteorology, physics, astronomy, agricultural sciences biology or forestry; possession of theoretical knowledge of discipline; and possession of the ability to apply principals of discipline to basic or applied research)

  • Scientist (including Biochemist, Biologist, Chemist, Geochemist, Pharmacologist) (Bachelor’s degree) 


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