Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) citizens of Canada or Mexico may seek temporary entry to the U.S. as business people to engage in business activities at a professional level, in specific occupations.
To learn more about TN status, visit
- Visas for Canadian and Mexican NAFTA Professional Workers
- TN NAFTA Professionals
- Professions Covered by NAFTA
- Research scientists
- 3-year limit, with unlimited extensions
- TN only available to Canadian and Mexican citizens
- Does not apply to Canadian landed immigrants
- TD dependents cannot work; however, they may engage in full or part-time study
- Non-Canadian TD dependents must apply for entry visas at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy abroad
- Hiring department contacts Faculty Immigration Services
- After the position and candidate have been determined to be eligible for TN status:
- Canadian citizens apply for TN status at a U.S. Port of Entry
- Mexican citizens must apply for visa a at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy abroad
General Information on TN Status
- The I-94 number assigned by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is evidence of legal status as a TN non-immigrant.
- If traveling by air or sea, the I-94 number is retrieved online by the FN employee after entry to the U.S.
- For land entries, the I-94 number will be issued on a white paper card titled “I-94 Departure Record.”
- The I-94 number is used to apply for a U.S. social security number and driver's license. It is also required for NDSU Payroll purposes and also used in the driver’s license application process.