TN Visas Are Staying Put in the New Version of NAFTA Called the USMCA
In early October we were told that the United States, Mexico and Canada had signed a new, updated version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (the treaty that created TN visas), called, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.
Many of us were concerned that the USMCA might significantly affect TN visas, as they would appear to be inconsistent with President Trump’s “buy American; hire American” program, but according to many news outlets and research institutes which have read the USMAC, Chapter 16, which governs TN visas, has remained completely unchanged.
This is good for those who were concerned TN visas might be restricted, although it is bad news for those who were hoping to see the list of authorized professions expanded.
Unfortunately, don’t expect any significant details about the implementation of the USMCA for some time, as the leaders of the three countries have to sign the proposed deal and then Congress and the legislatures in Canada and Mexico have to approve it before it can be implemented, a process that will probably take months to complete.
We will provide more information as it becomes available, but for now, the good news is, we still have TN visas!
Source: Dwight Myfelt, Attorney | Hammond Law Group