Ending NAFTA Will Impact Canadian and American Immigration2018-04-18
NAFTA provisions allow Canadians to work and invest in the United States. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has created benefits for US and Mexican citizens interested in entering Canada for business. US President Donald Trump continues to promise that the United States will pull out of NAFTA. Ending NAFTA will impact immigration provisions that allow Canadian professionals work in the United States and in TN status and investors from Canada to use an E visas. According to IRCC, if someone is entering Canada to work they must qualify under NAFTA, other FTAs or the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) if they don’t have a LMIA. Since 2007, 20,406 Canadians have received E-2 visas allowing them to invest in the U.S., creating thousands of American jobs in the process.
“The TN visas allow U.S., Canadian and Mexican technology (and other) companies to benefit under NAFTA by the ability to transfer employees back and forth across the border,” notes Walker. “This improves productivity and encourages increased hiring of workers in America. By facilitating investment, the E visa helps create jobs in America. Both Canada and Mexico are major sources of foreign direct investment in the U.S.”
14 million American jobs depend on trade with Mexico and Canada, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. NAFTA provides career opportunities for Americans to work in Canada.
The US is required to give six months notice before pulling out of NAFTA.
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