DHS Issues Final Rule Changing NAFTA to USMCA



The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule relating to the temporary entry of Canadian and Mexican citizen business persons into the United States. This rule replaces any references to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with references to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). This final rule became effective on July 11, 2022. The USMCA officially superseded NAFTA on July 1, 2020. According to DHS, Chapter 16 of the USMCA “generally maintains the same treatment as provided under NAFTA” in regard to the “temporary entry of Canadian and Mexican citizen business persons.” See this link to view the final rule.

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