Before submitting an application for TN visa status, individuals should first confirm that they meet the basic TN visa eligibility requirements. There are 5 main requirements for TN visa status.

1. Citizenship:

  • Only citizens of Canada or Mexico are eligible for TN visa status.

2. Sponsorship:

  • An individual must be sponsored by an employer in order to obtain TN visa status.
  • As self-employment is prohibited, an individual may not self-petition for TN visa status. 

3. Activities for U.S. Entity:

  • An individual may be eligible for TN visa status only if he/she is performing business activities for a U.S. entity in 1 of the 63 professional occupations listed in NAFTA.

4. Credentials:

  • An applicant must possess the appropriate educational credentials, and in some cases experience, requirements for the applicable TN visa occupation. 

5. Temporary Entry: