CBP Provides Checklists for NAFTA L-1 Intracompany Transferees and NAFTA TN Applicants for Admission at U.S.-Canada Border
Three U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) checklists–NAFTA L-1 Intra Company Transferee Eligibility Checklist & Guidelines for Presentation of L-1Petitions to CBP, Notice of Deficiency of L-1 Petition, and NAFTA TN Eligibility Checklist–are reproduced in Appendix A, Appendix B, and Appendix C, below.
As background, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) created special economic and trade relationships between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Canadian citizens, who are exempt from the L-1 visa requirement, may present a completed Form I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition, and supporting documentation to a CBP officer at certain ports of entry on the U.S.-Canada land border or at a U.S. preclearance/preflight inspection station in Canada in connection with an application for admission to the U.S. in L-1 status.
The TN nonimmigrant classification permits qualified citizens of Canada and Mexico to seek temporary entry into the U.S. to engage in business activities at a professional level. Unlike Mexican citizens, Canadian citizens are generally eligible for admission as nonimmigrants without a visa. They may establish eligibility for TN classification at the time when they seek admission to the U.S. by presenting required documentation to a CBP officer at certain CBP-designated U.S. ports of entry or at a designated preclearance/preflight inspection station.