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Dinsmore | Immigration
Oct 08, 2008

USCIS Increases “TN” (NAFTA) Period Of Stay

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has increased the maximum period of time a Trade-NAFTA (TN) professional worker from Canada or Mexico may remain in the United States before seeking readmission or obtaining an extension of stay. This move changes the initial period of admission for TN workers from one to three years, making it equal to the initial period of admission given to H-1B professional workers. Eligible TN nonimmigrants may now receive extensions of stay in increments of up to three years instead of the prior maximum period of extended stay of one year.

The TN nonimmigrant classification is visa category available to eligible Mexicans and Canadians with at least a bachelor’s degree or appropriate professional credentials who work in certain qualified fields pursuant to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). For more information about the TN classification, please click here.

According to USCIS, this change will ease administrative burdens and costs on TN workers. It will also benefit U.S. employers by increasing the length of time TN nonimmigrants will be able to work for them before having to seek an extension of status. Spouses and unmarried minor children of TN nonimmigrants in their corresponding nonimmigrant classifications will also benefit.

For more information on this change in admission period, please see USCIS’ Frequently Asked Questions.


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