Tn – North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) Professional
The regulations allow a U.S. or Mexican citizen to apply for a work permit at either a POE (R198) or a visa office. However, due to the complexity of the application and for reasons of after-sales service, program consilience and reciprocity, an application for a work permit as a professional should be applied to a visa agency. Due to the reciprocal treatment of Canadians, U.S. and Mexican citizens who are granted temporary resident status may also apply for merchant status in Canada (R199). It is not for immigration to determine whether the applicant has the necessary licence or registration to practise in Canada. The employer in Canada and the tradesman are responsible for meeting these requirements before the start of the job. The expression of a definitive intention of an applicant to return to the United States or Mexico when distributor status ends is generally accepted as sufficient evidence of a temporary intent, unless there are signs to the contrary. While NAFTA provides only for after-sales situations, the general R187 rule for business travellers, under which this section of NAFTA is implemented, allows individuals to participate in sales and leasing contracts. The initial guarantee or service contract may be renewed, provided that the sale contract or the original warranty or service contract includes a provision for renewal. The after-sales service therefore continues to be contractually bound in connection with the sale of equipment or machinery or computer software. Applicants for distributor status must complete an application for merchant/investor status [IMM 5321 (PDF, 1.41 MB)] in addition to applying for a work permit.
The text of the actual agreement appears in Part V, Chapter 16. The Professionals Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) visa category, also known as the Nafta Visa, is available only to citizens of Canada and Mexico, in accordance with NAFTA provisions. From 1989 until 1993, qualified persons in one of the occupations mentioned in the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (CUSFTA) were able to obtain TC status for legal work in the United States and Canada, thereby creating freedom of movement of workers.  In 1994, the NT status became effective through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)  which replaced the CUSFTA.  The applicant is seeking temporary entry to operate a major trade in goods or services, primarily between Canada and the United States.