How Your Hotel Can Benefit From the Free Trade Agreement
By Michael Wildes Partner , Wildes & Weinberg | December 25, 2011
As the weather outside turns colder and flakes of snow begin to fall, hoteliers of winter resort destinations may be wondering how to meet their staffing needs.
Since it is not always possible to only hire U.S. citizens, your human resource personnel may need to look outside of our borders for qualified non-citizen workers.
One simple solution is the use of the helpful Trade NAFTA (TN Visa) which allows our brothers and sisters from Canada and Mexico to work legally in the United States with surprisingly little effort. This visa was designed to accommodate the mutually-supporting relationship it has with the citizens of those countries and facilitate the employment of its citizens in certain occupations.
The TN visa classification has proven very useful for all treaty participants, and it is a extraordinarily effective tool for the employment of qualified Canadian and Mexican workers by U.S. companies.
Creation of the TN Visa
The TN visa was first introduced in 1993 as a means to ease trade restrictions between Canada, the United States and Mexico. It has proven to be an extremely flexible tool and is useful to U.S employers as it expanded the list of working tasks for which Canadians and Mexicans can enter the U.S. and work. Citizens of these two neighboring countries, (not including landed immigrants or permanent residents), who are engaged in activities characterized as "professional", may be eligible for TN status. This category is similar to the "H-1B Specialty Occupation" nonimmigrant category, except that there is no annual numerical limit on how many individuals can come here to work, there is no limit on how long they can stay, and generally, the TN category covers a broader range of professional occupations. Recently, the period of time of the primary entry of TN visa holders was expanded to an initial period of three years and requests for extensions of their stay may now be granted in three year increments as well.