TN Visa Requirements: A Step-by-Step Guide

This visa was created for Mexican and Canadian citizens with specific skills or knowledge. Here is a simple step-by-step guide to TN visa requirements.

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In the United States, Canadian and Mexican citizens have the option of applying for a TN visa. This refers to a special category of document corresponding to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This visa was created for qualified Mexican and Canadian citizens with specific skills or knowledge who wish to immigrate to the United States to live and work temporarily. Here is a simple step-by-step guide to TN visa requirements.


Each applicant must submit a valid passport for travel to the United States. This must remain valid for at least six months after the period of stay requested in the visa. It is important to take into account that, if you want to apply for a TN visa to travel with family members, each of them must carry out the same process individually. They must follow the same steps and meeting the same requirements.

You need a form DS-160

TN Visa Requirements

Form DS-160, or the online application for non-immigrants, is a requirement to travel temporarily to the United States, either to work or as a companion to a temporary worker. These types of visas are sent electronically to the State Department. The information provided on the form will be verified in an interview to determine if the applicant is eligible to receive the visa.


To submit the DS-160 form, the applicant will also have to make a payment of $160 dollars following the instructions on the government website. This process is strictly online. Afterwards, you will receive a barcode with the confirmation of receipt of the document. It may be used for future interviews if your application is rejected the first time.


Camera to take visa photograph

A photo is an important part of the TN Visa requirement. On the Travel.State.Gov site you will find all of the photo specifications. The photograph must be taken within six months of your application. You must be wearing your regular clothes without anything covering your face or head.

Letter or employment contract in the United States

Without a letter or employment contract, it will be practically impossible to get a TN visa. For this reason, it is necessary to show the authorities your United States employment contract, confirming your position. Among the information that needs to be included in the letter are: reason for entering the country, a description of the activities and responsibilities of the work to be carried out, the agreed upon length of your stay, the certifications or qualifications to obtain the job, and any other relevant documentation.

Proof of work or education

TN Visa Requirements

All applicants must show proof of having completed the level of education required to obtain the employment for which they are entering the country. This includes things like: diplomas, degrees, certificates, professional licenses or affiliation memberships to any organization. To demonstrate professional experience, letters from past employers stating your job performance may also be required. In the case of self-employed workers, authorities will ask for evidence of past work.


This requirement will depend on the work you are planning to do in the US. A license is not always required. However, if it is, it is recommended that you start the process before completing the form. For jobs that require a license that cannot be obtained in another country, authorities will monitor your progress in obtaining that license once you enter the country.


An interview for a visa

During the interview, a consulate officer will be tasked with asking specific questions to determine if the candidate is eligible to work in the United States on a TN Visa. For this reason, the interviewee will be expected to have all the necessary documents, as well as to respond satisfactorily to the interview questions. At the end of this process, they will also take fingerprints.

Additional Information

It’s important that before, during and after starting the TN Visa process you visit the Travel.State.Gov website. That’s where you will find all the relevant information regarding your specific case. This information also applies to family members who may be traveling with the applicant. These requirements vary according to nationality and age, so it will be essential to adhere to the requirements of the Canadian and Mexican consulates, as appropriate.

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