Can I obtain TN status without filing a TN petition?

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Yes. Pursuant to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian citizens can apply for TN status at a Class ‘A’ land port of entry or United States pre-clearance station at an airport in Canada. The TN petition is not required when applying at a port of entry or pre-clearance station. The decision is rendered the same day. Mexican citizens may apply for a TN visa directly with the United States consulate in Mexico. The Mexican citizen does not file a TN petition.