According to a USCIS Press Release: “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it is publishing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to increase the maximum amount of time a Trade-NAFTA (TN) professional worker from Canada or Mexico can remain in the United States before seeking readmission or obtaining an extension of stay. The proposal will extend the maximum period of admission for TN workers from one year to three years, the same term that USCIS currently may grant to H-1B specialty occupation workers.”
This is a good idea and would make the TN more analogous to an H-1B. If they would also make TN a “dual intent” status like the H-1B, fewer H-1B’s would be requsted by Canadians and Mexicans. Doing this would make the TN a viable alternative to H status and would take some of the burden off of the cap-subject H-1Bs.