The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, provides for the simplified and expeditious admission of foreign nationals of Canada and Mexico seeking to come to the United States for business purposes as visitors, professionals, traders, investors, or intracompany transferees. Generally, except for the E-1 and E-2 category, Canadians are visa exempt and may enter the U. S. without a visa and may apply for admission to the U.S. at the port-of-entry. Mexican nationals must obtain a visa at the U. S. Consulate/Embassy before being admitted to the U.S. under the Trade NAFTA program. Our immigration lawyers in Michigan can assist you in obtaining a Trade NAFTA (TN) visa at any Michigan or other U.S. border
Business Visitors (B-1)
Generally, foreign nationals in the B-1 category are coming to the U.S. to engage in certain temporary business activities. They are not seeking to enter the U.S. labor market, and are paid by a foreign source. The U. S. Department of State has issued guidelines for activities acceptable for all business visitors from around the world. NAFTA has increased the scope of these accepted activities for business visitors under NAFTA to include research and design, growth, manufacture and production, marketing, sales, distribution, after-sales services, and general services.
Foreign nationals seeking entry as a business visitor must provide evidence that:
TN classification is available to
Canadian and Mexican nationals who are professionals designated under "Schedule
2" of NAFTA, seeking to enter the U.S. to perform temporary services for U.S.
employers. Schedule 2 has a list of 63 categories of professionals eligible for
TN status as well as the educational requirements and alternative credentials,
to include experience, required for each category. The occupations include, but
are not limited to: engineers, computer system analysts, accountants, scientific
technicians and technologists, medical and allied professions, lawyers,
management consultants, graphic designers, economists, and teachers.
Persons seeking entry as a NAFTA professional must provide evidence that:
Traders, Investors, and Intracompany Transferees (E-1, E-2, L-1)
Citizens of countries with which the U.S. has a Treaty of Commerce and Navigation are eligible for E visa status as traders or investors, to include Canada and Mexico, who were included through NAFTA. The provisions for traders, investors, and intracompany transferees, to a large extent, are identical to the provisions applicable to nationals from other countries with the exception of certain "strike provisions" and the ability of Canadian L-1 intracompany transferees to be processed at the border without prior approval from the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Persons seeking entry as traders must obtain a visa before coming to the U.S., and must provide evidence that:
Persons seeking entry as investors must obtain a visa before coming to the U.S. and must provide evidence that:
Persons seeking entry as intracompany transferee must provide evidence that:
For additional information regarding employment-based nonimmigrant visas please see
Our immigration attorneys may assist you in obtaining a Trade NAFTA visa at the U. S. Consulate/Embassy or admission at the U.S. border.
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