After months of negotiations after U.S. President Donald Trump promised to end the 24-year trade agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico, a new agreement was reached minutes before midnight on September 30, 2018. Despite a number of amendments, the new agreement – which has been renamed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – does not affect NAFTA`s work visa provisions. Maintaining the visa program is important for workers in more than 60 occupations and for employers across the continent, who will continue to have access to labour from all three countries. Wait times for interview dates vary depending on location, season and visa category, so you must apply for your visa at an early stage. Check the interview wait time for where you are applying. Although the chapter on immigration has not been changed, immigration for border workers has not completely disappeared from the radar. The Buy American and Hire American Executive Order (BAHA) signed by President Trump on April 18, 2017 has strongly influenced U.S. immigration in general, specifically with respect to the classification and processing of NT visas for intracompany transfer petitions by Canadian citizens at U.S.
ports of entry. In addition, business travellers seeking admission to the United States for legitimate business purposes, such as meetings, sales interviews, trade shows, facilities and after-sales services and emergency repairs, are subject to further scrutiny because the executive order is broad. The direct effects of BAHA have had a deterrent effect on cross-border immigration to the United States. For example, when it comes to petitions or applications filed on behalf of potential Canadian workers at the border, enhanced control and stricter standards are applied in the decision on petitions and applications filed on behalf of potential Canadian workers at the border. A Canadian citizen without a TN visa can apply for TN non-immigration status at a U.S. port of entry. To learn more about these requirements, visit the CBP and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) websites. More information on receiving TN visa-free status is also available on the Ottawa Embassy website.
Collect and prepare the required documents below before your visa interview: If the visa is approved, you will be informed of how your passport will be returned to you with a visa. Check the processing time of the visa to find out how fast your visa passport will generally be ready for withdrawal or delivery by the courier. Both Canada and the United States argue that the revised trade agreement benefits workers in both countries, but there are clear winners and losers with respect to the unchanged visa regime. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says the USMCA will take effect from July 1. According to USCBP, the agency that handles TN visa approvals and processing at the U.S. border, USMCA rules have not yet been adopted. License – Proof of the right to a particular profession in the United States is not required to obtain a TN visa, but you should consider providing such proof, along with your letter of offer of employment and other documents to support your TN visa application. Upon arrival in the United States, government or non-federal authorities may ask you to provide proof of licence to practice a particular occupation.