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.