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TN (Treaty NAFTA)

The TN is a temporary work visa status for citizens of Canada and Mexico established as part of The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Under this agreement, a citizen of a NAFTA country may work in a professional occupation in another NAFTA country provided that:

  • The profession is on the NAFTA Professional Job Series list (all university teaching and research positions qualify),
  • The individual (scholar) possesses the requisite educational background (minimum of a Bachelor’s degree) and experience for that position.
  • The prospective position requires someone in that professional capacity and
  • The individual (scholar) is going to work for a U.S. employer (i.e., NYU).

Individuals entering under this classification are considered non-immigrants since TN status cannot be used for permanent residence. TN status to work at NYU is obtained either by entering the U.S. as a TN or by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approval of an NYU–filed TN petition.

Although the Office of Global Services will gladly answer any questions that Canadian or Mexican citizens may have regarding the TN, all TN Inquiry Forms must originate from an established liaison in the hiring department. Once the process has been initiated by the liaison, the Office of Global Services will follow up with further instructions and information.

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