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Whether or not Canadian citizens can work in the United States is one of the most common questions asked by Canadians and the fact is they can with a visa or a TN visa. Canadian citizens can indeed work in the United States, however they may need a work visa like anyone else who wants to work in the United States. There are actually visas that designed specifically for Canadian citizens. One of these visas is the TN visa.
The TN visa is a work visa that is only available to Canadian citizens, or citizens of Mexico under the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). Permanent residents of Canada are not able to apply for this visa.
One thing to remember about the TN visa is that it is only for specific occupations as authorized by the North American Free Trade Agreement. The occupations are found on this list here, and include occupations requiring a high level of education or expertise such as doctor, lawyer and scientist.
If you are a Canadian who is interested in obtaining a TN visa to work temporarily in the United States, please note that you are able to apply for this visa at the US-Canada border. However, that does not mean the visa is an easy one to obtain and you may end up being denied for the visa after you have traveled all that way.
The TN visa has extremely strict requirements and you will also have to undergo an interview with a treaty officer when you apply. We can help you make sure that you are prepared to apply for a TN visa, that you are eligible for a TN visa, and that you are ready to go when it comes time to travel to the border and begin your work in the United States. Feel free to contact us and speak with a licensed immigration lawyer. We look forward to hearing from you!
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