Professionals (TN Visa) :
As an American or Mexican enterprise, you may send an employee(s) of the same nationality to work in
Canada under the following conditions:
You must have a contract to provide goods or services to a Canadian enterprise.
The occupation of the employee(s) must be one of the 63
The employee(s) must be qualified
to perform the activities to be carried out in Canada.
You must provide documentation and evidence of the above.
Employers of NAFTA Professionals are exempt from first seeking approval from Human Resources and
Development Canada (HRSDC). Professionals with documentation to support their application can
instead apply immediately for a temporary work permit.
Professionals may apply before traveling to Canada at any Canadian Visa Office or directly at a
Canadian Port of Entry.
Professional applicants should be prepared to provide the following documentation in support of
their work permit request:
If you have multiple Canadian contracts, all information should be provided.
Once a work permit has been issued it will be valid for at most one year. Extensions of one year
each can be sought from within Canada.
Professional may also seek entry to Canada as Business Visitors
under general guidelines, if during their brief stay they will restrict their business activity to
soliciting, consulting, and advising current clients.
Foreign workers who are not Professionals, Transferees, or Visitors under the NAFTA, can still apply
under the general guidelines for Temporary Foreign Workers.