General Information on TN Visas

Under NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) Canadian and Mexican professionals may be employed in the U.S. with a TN visa. Click on the USCIS guide, Employing Canadian and Mexican Professionals under NAFTA for additional information and a list of qualifying professions.

A job offer and corresponding letter from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) is required to apply for TN status. The UTMB department, division, center or institute offering the job must coordinate with the International Affairs Office to produce the required letter.

TN status is renewable in one-year increments ONLY if no steps are taken to seek immigrant (permanent resident or “green card”) status in the U.S. Consult the Office of International Affairs before requesting TN status if the offered position is “tenure track” and/or the employing department will sponsor the prospective employee for immigrant status in the U.S.

Special Rules for Healthcare Workers - details about the "Visa Screen" requirement for nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, medical technologists, medical technicians, and physician assistants.

Pre-Arrival Data Sheet - Must be completed by all foreign nationals seeking visas status for UTMB and provided to prospective UTMB supervisor who will forward it to the Office of International Affairs with the visa request.

TN Extension Checklist - Extension of TN Status by Mail with USCIS

Checklist for Initial or Renewal of TN Visa at Border/Consulate

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