As part of ongoing negotiations over NAFTA, the Trump administration is looking to reduce TN (Treaty National) visas for Canadians and Mexicans. A reduction may come from reducing the professions eligible for TN classification and possibly capping the number of TN visas issued each year.
Currently, no limits exist on the number of TN visas issued or the number of times a TN visa is renewed. TN visas allow Canadian and Mexican nationals to work in the U.S. for three years at a time. The list of professions eligible for a TN visa include accountants, economists, engineers, computer systems analysts, registered nurses, hotel managers, and landscape architects.
According to the latest numbers available from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 816,149 TN visa holders were working in the U.S. in 2016 and 90,905 spouses and children of TN visa holders were in the U.S. holding TD (Treaty Dependent) visas for Canadian citizens and Mexican citizens.
Legislation passed in 2016 bars an administration from changing visa numbers during trade negotiations. However, the administration may sidestep that law by modifying the treaty rather than negotiating a new one. Regardless, Congress must approve any new version of NAFTA.
With negotiations over NAFTA still ongoing, approval from Congress will likely not vote on a new version until next year.
If you are eligible to petition for a TN visa, the Alcorn Immigration Law team recommends doing so now. Even without changes to NAFTA, TN applications are more highly scrutinized like all immigration visas in the Trump era.
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