TN Status

TN status is available for Canadian or Mexican citizens who are coming to the U.S. to work in a professional level. The regulations specify various categories under Appendix 160.3.D.1 to Annex 1603 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Such positions normally require a bachelor’s degree. The applicant must have an employment offer, and the status can be valid for up to three-year increments.

Filing for TN status for Canadians is done at a port of entry, Mexican citizens must apply for a TN Visa stamp at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy. Documentation that accompanies the request for TN status must include:

  • Proof of citizenship, and
  • A letter from prospective employer describing in detail the duties to be performed to show that they are professional in nature. IE will draft this letter for the department.

TN status can be approved for up to three years at a time. Extensions are possible, but multiple requests for extensions could result in denial because a TN carries only “nonimmigrant” intent, as opposed to an H-1B, which carries both immigrant and nonimmigrant intent.

In order to initiate a TN petition, the Department must complete the Department Sponsorship Form and Checklist and provide a job description, and the foreign national must complete the Foreign National Form and Checklist below.

Department Nonimmigrant Sponsorship Form and Checklist
Foreign National Form and Checklist

International Taxation

Please note that all foreign nationals employed at NC State University are required to meet with the International Compensation & Taxation unit at the time that they first become employed.  Foreign nationals are also required to notify this unit of any changes in nonimmigrant status, employment and residential address.  To schedule an appointment or notify this unit of such changes, please send an email to