11/30/2018 - USMCA - Minimal Immigration Impact
Teaders of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico have just signed off on the renegotiated version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), now named the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), while attending the G20 Summit today. While the respective governments will have to ratify the agreement, the burning question from the immigration standpoint is how will this impact the nonimmigrant TN visa classification which allows citizens of Canada and Mexico to enter the US to work for US employers under a prescribed list of occupations.
Based on what we see, other than updating some headings and terms, the answer is that there will be little impact. The nonimmigrant option remains and the occupational classifications remain the same, with the addition to the list of “Actuary” and “Plant Pathologist” which was approved back in 2003.
This information was provided for educational purposes; stay tuned for more.
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