USMCA trade agreement replaces NAFTA and comes into effect on July 1, 2020. The existing TN1 visa regime under NAFTA is broadly expected to continue under USMCA as well.

The following table shows who is eligible for
Type of Activity
Work Permit Required
Business Visitors
Intra-company transferees
Traders and investors

  • USMCA applies to citizens of Canada, the United States, and Mexico
  • Visas are approved at Port of Entry (PoE)

Visa Periods:
CategoryInitial ValidityRenewal
Business VisitorsUp to 6 months (visitor visa/record)N/A
ProfessionalsUp to 3 yearsUp to 3 years with no limit on renewals
Intra-company transfereesUp to 3 yearsUp to 2 years with a total duration of 7 years for executive or managerial employees, and a total duration of 5 years for specialized knowledge. The employee must work outside Canada for at least a year after the total duration
Traders and investorsUp to 1 yearUp to 2 years with no limit on renewals