NAFTA PROFESSIONALS

A NAFTA Professional must be qualified to work in one of approximately 60 targeted professions, as listed below.

The NAFTA Professionals category is a mutual agreement agreed between Canada, the United States, and Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Depending on his or her profession, an applicant may be required to provide educational credentials and/or proof of work experience in the field.

NAFTA Professionals must have pre-arranged employment in Canada, or a service contract with a Canadian company, in an occupation that matches their qualifications and one of the eligible NAFTA professions. Individuals who wish to perform self-employed work in Canada are not eligible for this category.

The following requirements apply to NAFTA professionals wishing to work in Canada:

  • citizenship of the U.S. or Mexico;

  • profession identified in the list below;

  • qualification to work in that profession (degree or certification in a related educational program);

  • pre-arranged employment with a Canadian employer;

  • provision of professional level services in the field of qualification; and

  • compliance with existing immigration requirements for temporary entry.

NAFTA Professional Work Permits may be issued for the following professions:

GENERAL

MEDICAL / ALLIED PROFESSIONS

SCIENTIST

TEACHER