The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico recently announced limitations to be imposed on the processing of certain nonimmigrant visas (NIV). As a result, changes have been made to appointment availability in certain locations throughout Mexico.
Appointments for the Trade NAFTA (TN) visa, which allows Canadian and Mexican citizens who work in specific professional occupations to work in the United States as long as their job falls under the list of NAFTA professions in the U.S., are most affected. As of March 23, 2022, appointments previously available at US consular posts throughout Mexico will only be available in three locations, those being Ciudad Juarez, Guadalajara and Mexico City. For the most up-to-date information, including what other visas may be impacted, visit the website for the U.S. embassy and consulates in Mexico.
As a technical note, NAFTA was replaced by the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement but the immigration provisions from NAFTA were carried over into the USMCA with virtually no changes.
Should you be concerned? If your company has operations in North America and utilizes the TN visa for employees, it is important to understand the process and possibilities of disruption to your business.