The TN classification is available to Canadian and Mexican citizens who seek to enter the United States on a temporary basis to work in a professional-level job under provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The procedures and information outlined in this section apply only to Canadian citizens. The process for Mexican citizens to apply for TN status involves additional steps not described here. For any questions about TN status for a citizen of Mexico, contact the Office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) for assistance.
TN status may be requested for up to three years. Although the regulations do not limit the number of years that the TN may be used, TN is a nonimmigrant status and therefore, the beneficiary must establish to the satisfaction of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that the employment opportunity is both temporary and short-term.
Provides a letter from the employer on departmental letterhead with an original signature. Please be sure to provide a copy to ISSS for our records. The letter should include:
ISSS office is generally not involved with the initial sponsorship of a TN beneficiary. Instead, the hiring Florida Tech department provides all documentation necessary for the beneficiary to enter the United States to begin TN status.
Upon separation from the Florida Tech, the TN beneficiary is expected to depart the United States immediately. The TN classification does grant any grace period following conclusion of employment.
The TN classification is “job-specific” and cannot generally be “transferred” to another position or department on campus.
It is possible for a TN to change employers or even work with multiple employers simultaneously. However, all employment must be authorized in advance by USCIS.
A TN maintains lawful visa status in the United States only when maintaining paid employment. Before approving an unpaid leave for an employee in TN status, contact ISSS.
Florida Tech employees in TN status may on occasion have to lecture at other institutions or conferences. TN employees cannot receive honorarium or other monetary or material gain for such activities, although reimbursement for travel and reasonable expenses is allowed.