CANADA/MEXICO/UNITED STATES – Revised Trade Deal Leaves Work Visa Provisions Unchanged

By Peregrine

The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), reached between Canada, Mexico and the United States late on 30 September 2018, leaves intact the immigration provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which it will replace if ratified.

Qualifying business persons will continue to be able to travel and work under the same rules as before. The USMCA must still be ratified by lawmakers in all three countries.

Chapter 16

The rules for temporary entry for business persons under chapter 16 of the USMCA are essentially unchanged from the corresponding chapter of NAFTA . Chapter 16 establishes the rules for professionals, intra-company transferees, investors, traders and business visitors who are citizens of Canada, Mexico or the United States and who are going to work in one of the other countries who are party to the agreement.

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