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. Generally speaking, a citizen of a foreign country wishing to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a temporary residence visa without an immigrant origin or a permanent immigration visa. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has created special economic and trade relations for the United States, Canada and Mexico. Choose NAFTA to visit the U.S. Trade Representative`s website and learn more. And what about new TN visa applications? For people who can still apply for TELLING status during the pandemic, for example. B Canadians for most U.S. registrations and Canadian/Mexican citizens filing I-129 petitions from the U.S., the only significant change in these registrations at this time is to simply refer to the USMCA and not NAFTA in your TN application. Attempting to obtain a visa through a deliberate misrepresentation of a substantial fact or fraud may result in a permanent visa denial or refusal to enter the United States.
Current TN visas will not be allowed as soon as the USMCA comes into force. The TELLING status issued before July 1, 2020 remains valid and remains subject to the NAFTA rules that apply when they are issued. 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. What does this mean for current TN visa holders? Visas and TN visa status issued prior to the entry into force of the USMCA remain valid and remain subject to NAFTA rules applicable prior to the USMCA. 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. For visa applicants, it is generally necessary to give interviews with certain exceptions below. Consular officials may request the questioning of any visa applicant. When is a professional NAFTA (TM) required to obtain a visa for a Canadian citizen? A Canadian who resides in a third country with a non-Canadian spouse and/or child and who plans to enter the United States as a NAFTA professional with family members requires a TN visa for the family member to be allowed to apply for a TD non-migration derivative visa. No new REGULATIONS or policies of the USMCA regarding the classification of TM visas have yet been published, either by usCIS (the authority responsible for the decision of I-129 TN petitions), USCBP (the Agency for the Decision on ED Applications by Canadian Citizens) or back (the body responsible for the decision of TN visa applications from Mexican citizens).