TN — NAFTA Professionals
TN classification is available to professionals from Mexico and Canada coming to work in the United States for a temporary period. Based on the North American Free Trade Agreement, TN status offers an alternative to H-1B classification for employing professionals from these two countries. TN status has many advantages. It is generally much less expensive than filing for an initial H-1B, and, for Canadians can be made very quickly at a border-crossing or pre-flight inspection facilities in Canada. However, the decision to pursue TN status as opposed to other available nonimmigrant classifications should be made carefully after considering the nature of the position, the expected duration of the assignment, and whether the individual wishes to eventually pursue green card status in the United States.