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NAFTA is the North American Free Trade Agreement. It creates special economic and trade relationships for the United States, Canada and Mexico. The nonimmigrant NAFTA Professional (TN) visa allows citizens of Canada and Mexico to come to the U.S. to engage in specified professional activities under the provisions of the NAFTA Treaty that require at least a baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree or appropriate credentials demonstrating status as a professional. Only certain occupations (LINK) may serve as the basis for receiving TN status to work in the U.S.
Permanent residents, including Canadian permanent residents, are not able to apply to work as a NAFTA professional.
Canadian and Mexican citizens may enter the U.S. in TN status for up to 3 years. Upon completion of the initial time in TN status, an extension of stay may be requested for up to 3 years.