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The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a trilateral reciprocal agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico. Its goal is to expand trade between the signatory countries.

To expand trade, individuals must have access to each other’s country to sell, provide goods or services or trade and invest. The NAFTA facilitates the temporary entry into Canada for American and Mexican business persons and selected categories of workers.

The NAFTA does not replace the existing general provisions for entering Canada temporarily. Rather, it is to be considered as an addition to the current rules to benefit American and Mexican citizens.

The provisions of the NAFTA apply only to temporary entry into Canada. For information about seeking Permanent Residence or accepting a permanent job in Canada, please visit

Select the description below that best describes your needs and learn how the NAFTA affects your cross-border employment concerns:

I am an individual (American or Mexican citizen) seeking temporary entry to work in Canada.

I am a Canadian employer intending to employ an American or Mexican individual.

I am a representative of a American or Mexican business, and we want to transfer an employee(s) to Canada.

For Permanent Residence in Canada, visit