In certain scenarios, individuals may obtain TN visa status to provide training, and may also attend school or work part-time while under TN status. 


TN visa workers may perform training functions, including conducting seminars, relating to any of the occupations listed under the NAFTA regulations. 8 C.F.R. § 214.6 (c) n.1NAFTA Handbook, pg. 135 (Nov. 1999).

Any training must be conducted in the manner of prearranged activities performed for an U.S. entity and the subject matter presented must be at a professional level. The training function does not allow for the entry of a TN Professional to conduct seminars that do not constitute the performance of prearranged activities for an U.S. entity. NAFTA Handbook, pg. 135 (Nov. 1999).

Attending School

A TN visa worker may attend school provided it is incidental to his/her employment in the U.S.: “If a Canadian or Mexican national has been already admitted to the United States in a work-related nonimmigrant classification pursuant to NAFTA, it is permissible for them to attend school incidental to their NAFTA-based classification.” 67 FR 54941, 54944 (Aug. 27, 2002)See also Bednarz Letter (Jan. 5, 1995) (school must not be the primary purpose for remaining in the U.S.).

Working Part-Time

TN visa workers may work on a part-time basis. 9 FAM § 41.59 N10. However, individuals should be aware that U.S. immigration officials may examine any potential basis for denial of a TN visa  for part-time employment under the public charge ground of inadmissibility. See, e.g. 9 FAM § 41.51 N16.14.

Additional Information

Revised Oct. 29, 2013