TN Visa: Registered Nurse
Background of TN Visa Category
TN Visa Applicant Requirements
- State / Provincial License; or
- Licenciatura Degree.
In elaborating on the licensing requirements for Registered Nurses, in a 1989 memo the legacy INS stated that the "other temporary authorization" acceptable for a license “may take varying forms: for instance, a letter or a receipt for processing of the application for permanent licensure.” Puleo Memo. The INS advised its officers to facilitate applications, they should “apply a liberal standard” in assessing this requirement. Id.
The NAFTA Handbook also stated that a Registered Nurse's admission to the U.S. under TN visa status should not be limited to the expiration date of his/her temporary state license or other nursing authorization document. NAFTA Handbook, pg. 136.
The regulations governing TN visa status generally do not provide any guidance on the type of degrees or majors suitable for a particular TN occupational category. To determine the types of degrees suitable for Registered Nurses for purposes of a TN visa, we may refer to U.S. Department of Labor publications such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). See Royal Siam Corp. v. Chertoff, 484 F.3d 139, 145 (1st Cir. 2007).
Read more about the TN visa degree requirements.
Health Care Worker Certificate (Visa Screen) Requirement
Individuals applying for TN visa status under the Registered Nurses category have to obtain a Health Care Worker (Visa Screen) certificate before they are able to obtain TN visa status. See Health Care Worker Certifications.
TN Visa Job Duties Requirements
Read more about TN visa job duties.
Revised Sept. 19, 2014.