Canadian citizens can now work freely in the US without the worry of travel sanctions. This was made possible by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which was signed between North America, Mexico and Canada.
The provision in the NAFTA agreement is only valid to Canadian and Mexican professionals who are seeking to work in the US. Also known as TN Visa it carries with it a few requirements, which must be met by any individual wishing to qualify and work in the US.
- The first requirement is that you must be a citizen of NAFTA and your profession must be recognized under NAFTA agreements.
- The alien seeking the visa must possess the specified criteria meeting the profession.
- Thirdly, the alien who is applying must have the capacity and qualifications for the work seeking and must be hired by the US employer.
Individuals coming to the US under this classification are treated as non-immigrants and are issued a TN Visa status. Anyone applying for TN Visa must check with the US embassy in Canada or the Canadian Embassy in US for the list of professions recognized by NAFTA.
Self-employment is not recognized by NAFTA as per the Appendix 1603.D.1 agreement. However a business person applying for a temporary entry under provisions in the Appendix may only be allowed when they are offering training functions that are related to the NAFTA job vacancy advertised by the US Company.
Working in US is now a dream-come-true if you qualify for the ‘TN’ Visa under the NAFTA agreements. Remember you only qualify if you are a Canadian citizen and have proof of citizenship and the job you are applying for is actually listed under NAFTA. You must also be travelling to work for a US employer whether on a temporary or permanent agreement.