Aside from lowering the prices of many goods, boosting GDPs, improving diplomatic relations and increasing exports, NAFTA established the TN visa, a special nonimmigrant employment visa available only to citizens of Mexico and Canada. During his tenure, President Trump negotiated major changes to NAFTA, even going so far as to rename it the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and had it take effect on July 1, 2020. If you are wondering if the TN visa changed following the transition from NAFTA to USMCA, please continue reading, then contact a New York City immigration attorney skilled in employment visas today. Here are some questions those in may have about the TN visa following the transition from NAFTA to USMCA:
Has the transition from NAFTA to USMCA affected the TN visa in New York?
In a word, no. Despite the underlying trade deal receiving a major facelift for the twenty-first century, the USMCA maintains the provisions regarding the TN (Trade NAFTA) visa, which provides for the temporary entry of professionals to work in the United States. So, essentially, it remains unchanged.
Is it a good thing that the USMCA did not alter the TN visa in New York?
The answer to that question is mixed. Canada’s negotiating team lobbied vigorously to update and enlarge the list of professions currently eligible for the special class of temporary work, but in this effort, they failed. The USMCA created no additional professional visas.
Does that mean that the TN visa does not represent workers in the 21st Century?
Not necessarily. While the USMCA maintains the status quo laid down by NAFTA, it need not impact those who wish to work between country boundaries, including:
- Truck drivers
Is obtaining a TN visa as easy as it ever was?
Again, the answer to this question is mixed. It is true that the difficulty in obtaining a TN visa has not substantially changed and, in contrast to the process of obtaining other work visas, like an H-1B visa or an L-1 visa, TN visas generally prove rather easy to come by. As it so happens, many applicants can obtain one the same day at a qualifying port of entry. But this will depend on the applicant, particularly their qualifications, preparation and situation.
With an experienced employment immigration lawyer in NYC working on your behalf and the proper documentation, you can complete the TN visa application in a straightforward manner. This is especially true if you have a qualifying job offer. Speak with our firm to learn how we can best serve you.
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