Canadian and Mexican Professionals Under NAFTA ("N")
 

The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) makes temporary employment in the US easier for certain Canadian and Mexican workers. NAFTA created a new visa category, "TN", for eligible Canadian and Mexican professional workers and also affected terms of admission for Canadians admitted to the US under other nonimmigrant classifications.

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Uscis Makes Preparations Ahead Of Hurricane Gustav
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Is Preparing To Temporarily Close Offices, If Necessary, Along The Gulf Of Mexico Coastline In The Projected Path Of Hurricane Gustav. If An Office Is Closed, Or Our Customers Are Evacuated From Their Homes, Uscis Will Automatically Reschedule All Appointments Until A Time When It Is Safe To Resume Operations.

Ice Launches First Northern Border Air Marine Branch
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Travelogue: Immigration Workshop In Bangalore
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