Nearshore Americas

Rules for TN Visa Remain Unchanged in the New NAFTA

Individuals carrying a TN visa (Treaty NAFTA visa) can continue to work freely in the United States, as the rules outlined in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have not been changed in its re-branding to USMCA.

Many thought that the renegotiation would lead to the scrapping of the TN visa, as it appeared to conflict with President Donald Trump’s ‘buy American; hire American’ ethos. However, Chapter 16 of the agreement, which deals with temporary entry for business persons and professionals, has been left unchanged, according to Canada Immigration News.

Canada wanted the list expanded to cover more occupations, while the US wanted it reduced. In the end, they settled on leaving the chapter unchanged.

The visa program gives employers free access to professional laborers in Mexico, Canada, and the United States, allowing them to hire people in more than 60 professional categories on temporary work permits.

Professionals using the program include software developers, doctors, nurses, engineers, accountants, hotel managers, land surveyors, nutritionists, and computer systems analysts.

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In 2016, as many as 25,000 TN visas were issued for Mexicans, say American publications citing the US State Department records.

Narayan Ammachchi

News Editor for Nearshore Americas, Narayan Ammachchi is a career journalist with a decade of experience in politics and international business. He works out of his base in the Indian Silicon City of Bangalore.

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