USMCA Deal Reaffirms TN Visa Status Following Immigration Uncertainty

Ever since President Trump was sworn into office those across North America have wondered how Trump’s campaign promises of ending or renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would affect the immigration system in the US, Canada, and Mexico. North Americans have enjoyed a handful of immigration policies that have allowed for greater ease to travel between these countries, but as Trump promised to put NAFTA on the chopping block, these immigration options (including the TN visa) hung in the balance.

Last week the Trump administration announced that NAFTA was indeed on its way out, and a new deal known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) would replace it in the next couple years following congressional approval in all three countries. We recently discussed the major differences between the two deals, including changes in the automotive and pharmaceutical industries, but it looks like the TN visa will stay in place unless the deal is changed dramatically as it passes through Congress.

The TN visa is a non-immigrant visa status that allows for professionals in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico expedited work authorization to work in any of these countries. This treaty visa option is valid for up to three years at a time but is only available to certain specific employer categories that were outlined in NAFTA. Those holding a valid TN visa are able to submit a renewal application either in the mail or by returning to their respective borders to present a new application.

Professionals holding a TN visa are breathing a sigh of relief as it appears that the visa will remain intact as negotiations for the USMCA move forward.

D’Alessio Law Group is closely monitoring all NAFT/USMCA related news and will provide updates as they become available. For any questions about the TN visa, please reach out to your D’Alessio Law Group professional, or call us at (310)-909-3934.

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