On May 5, USCIS announced its intention to increase the period of admission of Trade NAFTA (TN) professional workers from one to three years.  A proposed regulation was published in the Federal Register on May 9 and called for a 30-day public comment period, which has since expired on June 9.  TN status is available to Canadian and Mexican citizens who possess a relevant bachelor’s degree, or appropriate professional credentials, and seek temporary entry to the United States to perform services in specified professional occupations for a U.S. employer.  Common TN professions include accountants, engineers, systems analysts, and scientists.

For more information, see the May 5 USCIS Update.  Ogletree Deakins will provide an update when the rule takes effect.

Note: This article was published in the June 2008 issue of the Immigration eAuthority.


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