TN Visa Denial

TN Visa Denial Rate Climbs at US Consulates in Mexico

According to the US Department of State (DOS), approximately 1 in 5 TN visa applications submitted by Mexican citizens are being denied. These applications are currently processed at three US Consulates in Mexico: Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Ciudad Juarez.

Key Reasons for TN Visa Denials

  • Non-Professional Job Concerns: One of the primary reasons for TN visa denials is that the information provided leads consular officers to believe that the job offered in the US does not qualify as a professional position. Instead, it may appear that the foreign national is being hired for non-professional services, which do not meet TN visa requirements.
  • Increased Fraud Prevention Measures: The DOS has been actively working to reduce fraud by standardizing the TN visa review process. In 2022, the DOS consolidated the number of US Consulates in Mexico processing TN applications from six to three (Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Ciudad Juarez). This consolidation aims to facilitate the implementation of consistent review processes and enhance training for consulate officers.

Impact of Enhanced Scrutiny

The DOS’s focus on standardization and stricter scrutiny has led to longer wait times for TN visa applicants. Therefore, it is more important than ever to ensure that your application is thoroughly prepared and all necessary documentation is accurately presented.

How to Improve Your Chances of TN Visa Approval

  • Accurate Job Descriptions: Ensure that your job offer clearly outlines the professional nature of the position, aligning with TN visa requirements.
  • Comprehensive Documentation: Provide all required documents and any additional supporting evidence that can strengthen your case.
  • Professional Assistance: Seek experienced immigration attorneys to guide you through the process and help you avoid common pitfalls, and brief Mexican TN visa applicants. 

For more information or assistance regarding TN visa applications, please contact Maggio Kattar.