TN NAFTA Professionals

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) allows Mexican and Canadian citizens to enter the USA in TN status in order to be employed in specific occupations on a temporary basis, if they hold the qualifying educational background, degrees, or experience described within NAFTA Appendix 16-3.D.1. Most occupation titles require a bachelor degree and some require a higher degree or a professional license with few exceptions. TN nonimmigrant status requires that applicants show evidence that they have a residence abroad and that they intend to depart the U.S. after completing their employment.

UCSC Employment 

Please contact the International Scholar Advisor at for more information or to determine if TN work authorization is appropriate and applicable to your case. Click here for TN Status Guideline and Request form.


U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, TN NAFTA Professionals

Customs & Border Patrol, Canadian Preclearance Locations

Department of State, Visas for Canadian and Mexican NAFTA Professional Workers

Last modified: Jan 25, 2024