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ANSWER: The TN does not require any employer to sponsor or hire an alien for any specific amount of time, but it LIMITS the maximum initially issued to 3 years MAXIMUM.
So if the contract is for less time, that is perfectly fine. So even if a contract says 6 months probation, as long as the maximum duration of initial employment in the contract is 3 years, there is no issue. They can even ask for a 6 months duration, and then extend it an indefinite number of times if they want to.
Of course, all of that is completely separate and apart from the fact that they do not have to hire you if they do not want to. You cannot force them to do that and to sponsor your TN. It is up to them if they want to do that or not.
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