TN-1 Visa, Under NAFTA Canada
Upon the signing of the North American Free trade Agreement (NAFTA) qualified professionals, in a host of professions, can enter the U.S. in an expedited fashion to work in their area of expertise for U.S. companies or Canadian companies that are engaged in projects that are U.S. based, on a temporary, nonimmigrant, but renewable basis. A bachelor's degree is generally required, along with proof of Canadian citizenship, an employment letter and a $50 TN-1 visa fee.
Applicants can apply directly at the border and commencing October 1, 2012 outside the US, by filing USCIS Form I-129, with all accompanying documentation and paying the requisite $325 filing fee. Premium processing service is available for $1225.The initial TN-1 visa is valid for the term of employment up to 3 years. Renewals or extensions in 3 year intervals are available with another USCIS Form I-129 with a filing fee of $325 from the U.S. or by returning to Canada and processing a new TN visa again at the border for $50. There are no limits to the number of extensions.