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TN Visa for Canadians : Fast Track to Working in the US

TN VISA BASICS

It may come as a surprise to some, but Canadians do not have an automatic right to work in the US. Despite the fact that Canadians can enter the US as visitors without a Visa (although they need to show proof of Canadian citizenship and a photo ID and a passport at airports), they need a Work Visa to legally work in the US.

For the purposes of this article, “working” means what we normally consider it to mean: earning an income by conducting work.  So working in the US, means working for a US company either as an employee or a contractor whereby that company is paying you or your company a salary or fee for services rendered in the US.

Working generally does not include attending business meetings, trade shows, and even negotiating contacts provided actual sales are not conducted while in the US.If you therefore have “working” opportunities in the US as described above, you would likely be in need of a US work visa in order to legally work in the USA. There are a number of different types of US work visas available for people including H-1B Visas, L-1 Visas, E-2 Visas and J-1 Visas. However, if you are Canadian, the most attractive option is usually the TN Visa.

TN VISA ADVANTAGES

The TN Visa is a creature of the NAFTA Agreement which is a the well known Free Trade agreement between Canada, the US and Mexico. The TN Visa has a number of advantages over its other work visa cousins. For instance, the the processing times for TNs are virtually non existent as applicants can obtain them right at the Canada/US border on the spot. Secondly, the paperwork involved in TN Visas are minimal: all that is required is a job offer or contact from the US employer and proof of employment and educational credentials and Canadian citizenship form the applicant. Believe it or not, there is are no application forms to fill out if you are Canadian and applying for the TN Visa at the Canada/US Port of Entry. Seems so easy!

How can the process be so simple? All one needs is a job offer from a US company and bingo, I can get a US work visa. Not so fast!

THE HARD PART WITH TN VISAS

Now for the catch. Although the paperwork and processing time for TN Visas is indeed minimal, there are a number of very important factors that you should be aware of before taking the trip down to the US/Canada border. First of all, not all US job offers qualify under NAFTA. In order to qualify for a TN Visa, the US job has to appear on a list of occupations found at the appendix of the NAFTA agreement itself. There are over 50 job titles which is not a long list when you think about it. And not only does your job offer have to be on that list, but you as the applicant have to meet the specific educational and employment criteria for the given occupation. For example, if you are an accountant and you have a job offer in the US as an accountant, you have to have completed either a baccalaureate degree in accounting and/or a CPA, CA, CGA, or CMA.

You will also notice that most occupations on the TN Visa list require completion of a university degree. NAFTA is heavily weighted in favour of professionals who have competed a high level of education who have completed university. Therefore if you have taken courses in university even for a few years but did not receive your degree, you may be out of luck. Now there are a select few occupations that do not require completion of university such as Management Consultants, Scientific Technologist/Technions and Computer Systems Analysts. But with such occupations, there are strict requirements in terms of experience.

So not only do you have to meet the educational and employment requirements of your occupation, you also have to realize that your paperwork has to be properly prepared. This means that just because you may indeed qualify for a TN Visa, an immigration officer assessing your case may not see it that way. Why? The answer is simple: Your paperwork may not be properly prepared. An immigration officer when assessing TN Visa applications, carefully scrutinizes all aspects of the application including the job offer letter itself, your resume, employment references, educational documents (especially if they are not from North America) and last but not least….YOU. Yes the officer, in deciding your case, will likely ask you a number of questions about your intentions for work in the US, your ties to Canada, your knowledge of the job etc. Not only are your documents examined, you are too so it is important to be prepared.

THE HOLISTIC APPROACH

Finally, once you have all the paperwork in order for your TN Visa, you are ready to apply and to present your documents before an officer. You should know that one of the most important factors for successful TN Visa applications is deciding where to apply for it. If you are in Canada, NAFTA permits you to apply at most Canadian/US borders as discussed. But the reality is that while the rules governing TN Visas are the same for everyone, not all Canada/US borders evaluate cases the same way.What I often tell clients is that “borders are like people and everybody is different”. The system is not perfect and is not always consistent which means that an officer at one border may say “yes” to your application while another officer at a different border may flat out refuse you. And to make matters worse, there is no way to know in advance what the outcome will be of a given application.

But there is hope! While there is no “crystal ball” or guarantee in predicting whether you will be successful in your TN Visa application, there are patterns of decision making we have noticed over the years when it comes to the various borders. The bottom line is that generally, some borders are more, to put it mildly,”difficult” than others.

You do not learn this at law school but only through years of experience. When we look at TN Visa cases, not only do we think about the documents, and our clients’ experience and education etc., but issues about where they should apply are also considered. We have found this holistic approach to TN Visas which include thinking about not only the application itself but where to apply for it, to be very effective. I hope that you have found this TN Visa primer helpful.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

209 thoughts on “TN Visa for Canadians : Fast Track to Working in the US

  1. Rysia

    Hi there,
    I am looking to move to NYC in the fall on a TN1 Visa using the Management Consultant category. I’m currently a “senior recruiting consultant” in Canada, and I have been working for the same recruiting firm for 5 years specializing in senior/executive level searches.

    If i were to secure a role as a talent acquisition consultant, or as an HR consultant (or anything related to recruiting) would I be able to fit into the TN1 Visa Management Consultant criteria?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Rysia. The Management Consultant category is the most scrutinized category. It is essential that the work that you will be doing is of a consultant nature, and not something that can be perceived as a hands-on job. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our U.S. immigration professionals who will be able to look at your eligibility and plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  2. Jake

    Hi, here’s my situation.
    I want to get a working Visa and work in the States as a video editor. I’m really not comfortable trying to bend any rules or workarounds to get a TN Visa for a NAFTA position I do not qualify for. ( I have been denied for a TN once already in the past)

    How possible is it that I can get a H1b or any other alternative visa to a TN? I just want to get over the border legitimately, and by the book. For some reason this seems difficult.

    My advantage is, I have a company in the States that I have kept close ties with and is more than willing to do whatever they can on their end to make it work for me.
    If I know I can get a Visa for my real position, then I’ll definitely be willing to seek legal help to make it happen.

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Jake. Thank you for writing to us. There are specific requirements in order to be eligible for an H1B visa. The program itself is a capped program and only allows a specific number of candidates to enter the US. We would need to know a lot more about your situation to see if you may qualify, and also to know more about the circumstances of your TN denial. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  3. Shachi

    Hi,
    I am a Canadian, who finished the college education in the US, obtained the Nursing license in the state of Illinois. I recently went to Border to obtain my TN so I can start practicing in Illinois. However, the TN visa was not granted due not having CGFNS certification. I am confused to know what kind of Certification do I need? Visa screen certification or the CGFNS program certification?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Shachi. The TN requirements are very strict. It is possible that something in your application made the immigration officer question your credentials. If you need help with your application to make sure that you are not making any mistakes, and so that you will have a legal team taking care of all the matters that may arise, then please contact us to book a consultation with one of our immigration professionals. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  4. Meyna

    I am Canadian citizen since Apr 2014, prior to Canada I used to live in California as student and finished my US MBA from CalState East Bay. I worked with Cisco System in San Jose, CA for 1 year after finished my MBA as Financial Analyst. I am original from Indonesia and immigrate to Canada in 2008, My job title since I moved to Canada is Accountant (I am registered as CGA student but have not finished that) and the last title before I got laid off (March 2016) is hybrid Accountant/Financial Analyst. I recently had interview with one of major company in Redmond, WA as Financial Analyst through the agency (18 months contract). I understand Financial Analyst is not one of the NAFTA job list. Is that possible to write the petition letter under “Accountant” eventhough the propose job is Financial Analyst based on my experience as Accountant for more than 10 years of the whole my career? Will that be a problem in the POE (border)? Also normally people apply in the Airport or Land US border?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Meyna. The job offer must contain an accurate description of the responsibilities that you will be performing. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to look at your job offer, and your resume and see what can be done. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  5. Ramakrishnan Adithya

    Hello,

    Im a canadian citizen and i possess an undergraduate degree from India in mechanical engineering (4 years). I just completed my masters degree in mechanical engineering from a canadian university. I have a couple of interviews in metro detroit, but Im confused if I need to get my undergraduate degree accredited. Does the masters degree waive the reason to get it accredited?
    P.S I dont possess my masters degree with me as of yet. What I do possess is a course completion certifcate (official) and official transcripts.
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Ramakrishnan. If you have an accredited Master’s degree, you will not need to show your Bachelor’s degree provided that they are for the same discipline. Course completion certificates and marks are not sufficient to show that you have obtained a Master’s Degree. If you need help with your application to make sure that you are not making any mistakes, and so that you will have a legal team taking care of all the matters that may arise, then please contact us to book a consultation with one of our immigration professionals. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  6. Jamie

    Hello, this information is great and very informative. I’m in a bit of a dilemma with a current opportunity in the US. I am a Canadian citizen and have a Honours Bachelor’s Degree if Finance. I’ve been working project finance here in Canada and applied to one of the big four accounting/consulting firms as a Senior Associate within their Project Finance group. The head HR professional for the firm interviewed me three times and forwarded my application to the hiring manager, who I understand was very interested in may application and taking the next step and completing a final interview with me. However, they wanted to complete a preliminary immigration screening.

    The feedback I got from their lawyers is I wouldn’t qualify as I not an accountant or economist. I could have qualified under the ‘Management Consultant’ category but they were hesitant to say if I would. In short, the firm said they could not ‘sponsor’ me.

    Do I have any options here? Based on my understanding of the process, I feel like the advice they got from their lawyers wasn’t accurate. The lead HR professional was very disappointed in their findings and we had a long discussion about this. Any guidance you can provide on this situation would be very helpful.

    Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Jamie. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to look at your qualifications and determine your TN applicability. We have been practicing immigration law for over 18 years, and we are regarded to be one of the country’s top immigration law firms; we can certainly help you navigate the complexity of Canadian immigration.You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  7. Marissa

    I have a degree from a US inigetsiry, major: integrated marketing communications and minor in psychology. I recently was given a job offer as lead of business development. Would I qualify?

    Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Marissa. We need to look at the details of your degree and the job details of the job offer in order to best advise you. We help many people with their TN visas. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to look at your details. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  8. Shawn

    Hi, I’ve been offered contract work by an American company as an engineer. I will work exclusively for them, and not seek “freelance” work. They will file a 1099 under my pay, and I must report income to the IRS under this status. It seems IRS considers this ‘self-employment’.

    USCIS stipulates that TN workers must *not be self-employed*.
    https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/tn-nafta-professionals

    Am I eligible for TN status in this situation? Is there a difference between the IRS and USCIS interpretation of “self-employed”?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Shawn. Thank you for writing to us. Eligibility for a TN visa has strict requirements, if you meet those requirements then you will receive your TN visa. IRS tax obligations are something that you will have to discuss with a US tax specialist; your IRS tax classification is not a determining factor in your TN approval process.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  9. Tomas

    Hello,

    I’m currently working with a US company under a TN Visa category for industrial engineer. I recently have an offer from another US Company but the positions is Plant Manager can a TN Visa be approved under this job title?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Tomas. There is no specific category for “plant manager” because it is too vague a description. We would need to see the job responsibilities to get a better understanding of the position and the TN options. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to guide you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  10. Araceli

    Hello,
    I am currently searching for a job in the US and I will be looking to apply for a TN visa after I get a job offer as a financial analyst or finance manager. I am a Mexican citizen with a Master in Economics and a Bachelor in Financial Management. My recent work experience is related to financial services . I have the following question.
    Will I be a suitable candidate for the TN visa? my concern is because I couldn’t find my profession in the Appendix 1603.D of the NAFTA.

    Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Araceli. There is no TN category for financial analyst or financial manager. You would have to obtain an H-1B visa.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. Araceli

        Thank you for your response. One more thing, since I have a Masters degree in Economics (which is on the list) is not possible to get a TN Visa through that degree?

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Hello Araceli. You have the educational qualifications for a TN visa, but you must make sure that the job that you looking for falls under one of the TN job categories.
          Regards, Vahe

          Reply
  11. Akhil

    Hi there,

    I have a question regarding the TN Visa. I am a Canadian citizen, and have been working in accounting for 2.5 years. I have obtained an investment banking job for a June/July start. I have a bachelors degree in business (accounting). I am currently working on my CPA.

    I am wondering if you think I should go through the management consultant route or the accounting route? The investment banking job wont have an accounting description so I think it will be difficult to go through the accounting route. However, I am not sure if I qualify for the management consulting route.

    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Akhil. To qualify for a management consultant position you need a bachelor degree, or five years of work experience in the particular field. You have the degree. What is just as important are the work activities that you will be performing; they would have to be inline with that of a management consultant.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. Marcel Espela

        Hi Vahe,

        I am Canadian accountant and I am completing my bachelor’s degree. I have applied in the United States before and someone is interested in offering me a job because of my long time work experience. But I have seek advice from many professional immigration lawyers and they told me that it is important to get my CPA first than my Bachelor’s Degree to get a work permit. I need some advice if I should work on my bachelor’s degree or my CPA first. Thanks Marcel

        Reply
        1. Muga Rajbhandari

          Hello Marcel. A bachelors degree in accounting should suffice for a TN visa provided that you have a legitimate job offer.
          Regards, Muga

          Reply
  12. Scott B

    Hi there!

    I have a 4 year Bachelor of Fine Arts, as well as a 1 year Game Design Diploma (which I am in the process of having converted to a 2 Year Associate’s degree in Computer Science in the US). I received a job offer as a Multiplayer Designer on a video game, but I do not have 3 years work experience. Do I qualify for a TN visa?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Scott. We would have to look at the job offer and your work and education history closer, but it is possible that you qualify for the category of Graphics Designer. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to to look at all the details of your situation, and plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  13. Martin

    Hello, I am a Canadian citizen trying to apply for a TN Science Technologist/Technician for a job offer that I have. I have been to the border once already and tried to enter, but the officials there stated that my letter my potential employer supplied me with did not meet with the TN Science Technologist/Technician requirements. Can you point me to a website where I can download all of the requirements of a TN Science Technologist/Technician so I can get it right next time? I believe that the problem is the letter must state that I must be in direct support of the engineering mission.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Martin. TN visa applications can be difficult because the language has to clearly reflect the job and the qualifications. I am going to suggest that you contact us to help you with your application to make sure that you are not making any mistakes, and so that you will have a legal team taking care of all the matters that may arise, then please contact us to book a consultation with one of our immigration professionals. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  14. Nish

    I am a Canadian citizen looking to obtain a TN visa as a computer systems analyst. I have a job offer from a company in the United States. I have a 3 year Bachelor’s Degree in MIS from a university in Europe. I had my degree evaluated by an agency in Canada which turned out to be equal to a 3 year Canadian Bachelor’s Degree. Do I qualify for a TN visa with a 3 year degree?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Nish. If your degree is evaluated by an accredited agency and they say that your degree is equivalent to a 3 year Canadian bachelor’s degree, then yes, you qualify for a TN. If you need help with your applications to make sure that you are not making any mistakes, and so that you will have a legal team taking care of all the matters that may arise, then please contact us to book a consultation with one of our immigration professionals. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. Nish

        Thanks for your quick response Vahe!

        Nish

        Reply
  15. Patricio Barren

    Hi,
    I am a Mexican citizen who grduated from an American university with a bachelors of science in business administration (BSBA), double majoring in marketing and finance.

    I am currently on my OPT, and I would appreciate it if you could tell me if I would have a chance of getting a TN Visa as a Graphic Designer. I’ve read a bunch of stories and stuff, but my particular situation is that I’m pursuing a job titled “Marketing Associate, (Graphic Designer).”

    I know that I’m qualified for the job because I’ve always been artistic, I studied marketing, I have had one internship in advertising, and I have a portfolio to prove my graphic design skills. I know how to use photoshop, illustrator, video editing tools, and other design related capabilities; however, I don’t know if I have a strong case for this Type of visa. It surely convienced my prospective employer that I am qualified for the job, but again, I don’t know how strong may my case be.

    Thank you so much

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Patricio. Thank you for writing to us. Provided that your skills and experience match with the job requirements, you should be able to obtain a TN visa. If you need help with your applications to make sure that you are not making any mistakes, and so that you will have a legal team taking care of all the matters that may arise, then please contact us to book a consultation with one of our immigration professionals. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  16. Rebe

    Hi I am a Canadian citizen and a registered nurse in the philippines. I passed NCLEX already way back 2006 and would like to know if I am qualified for the TN visa or the H1B visa. I am a licensed practical nurse here in Canada but would like to work as registered nurse in the USA.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Rebe. Provided you have the proper state licensing, then a TN Visa is worth exploring. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. narby sabiniano

        I have the same situation. I am an RN in the Philippines (BSN and MSN )and LPN here in Canada. I passed NCLEX-RN California in 2007. I have an expired Vermont RN license due to lack of SIN. Now I have an employer willing to take extra mile to hire me(willing to provide employment letter. I got my visa screen issued and now wants to apply for TN visa. I have 6 years RN( 2005-2011) experience and has been working as LPN since 2012 upto present. Is it possible to get a TN visa? anything that would avoid me from obtaining TN? Please and thank you.
        employer is an out-patient minor procedure facility (endoscopy and colonoscopy)

        Reply
        1. Muga Rajbhandari

          Hello Narby. The TN visa process has many rules and restrictions. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you after we learn about your situation and all of your details. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
          Regards, Muga

          Reply
  17. Parviz Majd

    Hello, I have an Eng degree along with an MBA from McGill University in Canada. I am looking for a job in US. The type of job that I am interested in qualify as Management jobs – Sales, Business development, account management. procurement and etc. I believe I have to apply for a TN visa under “Management Consultants”. Will you know how flexible the potential employers are to write a job offer with Management Consulting heading? any other advise will be appreciated. Thanks

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Parviz. There are over 20 occupations that qualify for a TN visa. A management consultant uses their knowledge of a particular field to direct employees of the company in doing the work. A management consultant does not do any of the hands n work. Before you start thinking about visas, you should find a US employer who will extend a job offer to you. Once you have the offer, get in touch with us again so that we can help you obtain the proper visa.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  18. patty

    Hi there,
    would a position in HR information systems(statistical reporting, data analysis rtc.) be qualified under the TN visa if you hold a bachelor’s degree.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Patty. Depending on the job description from your US employer, you may qualify for a TN as a Computer Systems Analyst. We would need to look at all your pertinent information: job offer, education, work experience. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you based on your particular circumstances. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  19. Tas anderson

    I have a bachelor’s degree and postgraduate diploma in common law from Cameroon . Presently working on writing the nclex RN exam in the usa and have been living and caring for my severely sick child for 1 year now in DC. I am Canadian and will love to know if am eligible for H1b or some other work visa, where I don’t need sponsorship or a job offer. Or if am eligible for humanitarian grounds considering my kids situation.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Tas. Thank you for writing to us. In order to provide you with the most accurate information, we are going to need to know a lot more about you and your son, for example, are you in the US on a study visa right now? when does your visa expire? what is your son’s nationality. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. Mike

        Hi Vahe,

        Thank you for offering assistance. I am a current fourth year university student in Canada, and am also a Canadian citizen. I intend on going to the US border this coming weekend to obtain TN approval. I have received a job offer to work as an analyst in Investment Banking with a firm in the US. My job start date is late June, while my convocation is June 2nd. However, I do have a university-issued letter indicating that pending completion of my current courses, I am expected to graduate by May 25 pending university senate approval. My degree is a major in Finance, concentration in International Business. I have a job offer, and a detailed job description (economic analysis, building of financial models as per financial analysis, assessment of market trends, etc.). Firstly, your thoughts on my candidacy? From my online search, I am of the understanding that most students who head to banking go in through the Economist/Consultant route – is that true? Thank you very much in advance – I look forward to hearing from you.

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Hello Mike. Why are you planning to go to the border in March, before you have completed your courses. If you will have graduated in May, and your new job starts in late June, you will have time to obtain your TN with the proper paperwork in hand.
          Regards, Vahe

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          1. Mike

            Thanks for getting back to me Vahe. My final exams end in late April, convocation (official degree) is early June, senate approval of graduation is late May — when can i go?

            Reply
            1. Vahe Mirzoyan

              Hello Mike. The rules for TN are clear. You must have your Bachelors degree. The US border officer will not be interested in hearing about how it is going to be there in the future. Maybe you should ask your employer to delay your start date so that you can complete your TN requirements.
              Regards, Vahe

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              1. Stephanie

                Hi Vahe,

                I just submitted my TN application to USCIS, heard it would be less risky to get an approval from there. However, I forgot to attach documents to prove my “strong tie” to Canada and I didn’t mention that I have a residential property and my parents are in Canada as well. Would this impact my TN application? Can I still supplement the proofs to USCIS after I have submitted the application? Thanks.

                Reply
                1. Muga Rajbhandari

                  Hello Stephanie. That is generally not required.
                  Regards, Muga

                  Reply
  20. KB

    Hi! I am a Canadian citizen and I have just been offered an unpaid internship at a university in the US that is related to my biology degree. It is for 2-3 months and there will be no compensation of any kind. Its not an “official” internship or training program; I will be learning some stuff from a friend in his research lab informally. I will also not get any certification or course credit. Do I need to apply for a TN visa, or another kind of visa? Or am I exempt since it is basically me in a lab with a friend, observing his research for a few months?
    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello. Given the informal offer, you can go in as a regular leisure visitor. I would suggest that you call us to prepare an Entry Package for you. If when you arrive at the border and the officer feels that you are going to do some work there, then you will be denied and that black mark will remain on your permanent record. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to set you up with one of our lawyers who will be able to prepare an Entry Package for you that will explain in detail what you will be doing and all the circumstances around it. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  21. Blackbee

    Hello,

    I have a question with regards to the TN visa. Some background information about me is I am Canadian citizen of Korean descent. I just finished my BS Nursing here in Canada but unfortunately I was not able to obtain a Canadian license due to not passing the exams. On the other hand, I was able to pass the American NCLEX and was able to obtained a licensure. I am wondering if I will still be qualified to apply a TN visa. My purpose is to work in the states and come back to Canada after few years of work for the possibility of being reconsidered of Canadian licensure.

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello. The TN visa options requires you to be licensed in one of the provinces in Canada. If you find a job in the US and you meet their requirements, then you have the option for an H-1B Visa instead of a TN.
      Best of luck in your job search. Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  22. Rachel

    I was offered a full time contract as a consultant for 3 months, now extended for 6. Because I dont have a visa, I work remote out of Canada.

    I want to know if it makes me more qualified under the management consulting category? Given I would have at least 3 months of doing a similar consulting contract for them.

    My job is to guide them through a rebranding from strategy to web design.

    I graduated in 2013 with a bachelor of commerce and advised 5+clients per year for brand/comm/web strategies.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Rachel. Thank you for writing to us. It is very possible that you qualify for a TN visa that would allow you to be a management consultant to the company in the US. I would need to know more about your degree and the work that you are doing. The TN visa would allow you to cross the border for meetings as many times as necessary. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  23. Kasia

    Hi,

    I am a Canadian Citizen living in the USA on a non-working H4 visa and am wanting to switch over to a TN. I received a position for a part-time adjunct faculty nurse (registered nurse). Would this be eligible for a TN visa? It is unclear what type of registered nurse positions qualify for the TN visa.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Kasia. To qualify for TN nursing status you must be licensed. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you to take. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  24. Joey

    Dear Michael,

    I am currently a Canadian undergraduate student in the US who has an job offer from a teaching hospital affiliated with a major university as a clinical research assistant. The job description I have received from the hospital is nearly identical to the one provided by the OOH description. I will have the necessary qualifications and experiences for the position as well. Given that the hospital is affiliated with a university and my supervisors all carry dual titles with the hospital and the university, can a case be made for a TN visa under the research assistant occupation?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Joey. Thank you for writing to us. Yes, with the proper explanation on your application you can apply for your TN visa. We have handled many cases exactly like yours, where there seems to be some minor dependency between the position and the classification. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who can assess your situation and advise on the best strategy to take. To make the appointment you can call us at 1-855-886-8472 or book the appointment online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Best regards, Vahe

      Reply
  25. Pete

    Hi,

    I am a Canadian citizen with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering (and a master’s in materials engineering..both from Canadian universities). I expect to receive a job offer from a US employer for the position of “Proposal Specialist” . The job description as written by the employer requests that the role be filled by a candidate holding a degree in either electrical or mechanical engineering. However, the duties to be performed do not match with the typical job duties listed for “Mechanical Engineer” in the Occupational Handbook written by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Do I have any chance at receiving a TN1 visa?

    Thanks,
    Pete

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hi Pete. Yes, you have an excellent chance. The key to a successful TN application is in the positioning of all the key information. We have been practicing US immigration law for over 18 years. We have a tremendous success rate in TN visas because our legal team knows exactly how to make the right information percolate to the top of the application. I am going to suggest that you work with us to get your TN visa completed successfully. We have seen many people try applying on their own and even the smallest mistake of oversight will get a refusal, and they lose their US job opportunity. . To make the appointment with one of our immigration professionals, you can call us at 1-855-886-8472 or book the appointment online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Best regards, Vahe

      Reply
  26. Paulo

    Hi, I’m a Canadian citizen and I have a 2 year degree from a University in Brazil (Computer Networking) and 4 years of expirience in IT (networking) , I already have a job offer from a company, could I work under the TN visa as a Computer System Analyst ?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Paulo. Yes, provided that your 2-year degree that you received in Brazil is recognized as a legitimate diploma. If it was a Bachelors degree it would be no problem, but it does not seem that it is a Bachelors degree with only 2 years of studies. If you would like help in achieving the TN and ensuring that there are no problems, please contact us to make an appointment with one of our immigration professionals. You can make an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or by going online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. Paulo

        Hello Vahe,

        It would be a Associate Degree I did the degree evaluation already.But I read that a Associate Degree could only be from US, Canada or Mexico for the Computer System Analyst.Is that correct ?

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Paulo, since your diploma is not from a US school, you must get an equivalence to a US education institution. The school that you graduated from should be able to help you with that.
          Regards, Vahe

          Reply
          1. Paulo

            Hello Vahe,

            My post secondary has been evaluated by a US company (FIES) and is the equivalent to an associate degree in information technology in the States.

            I found this on the NAFSA post.

            –Computer Systems Analyst–Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or Post-Secondary Diploma (3) or Post Secondary Certificate (4) and three years’ experience.

            (3) “Post Secondary Diploma” means a credential issued, on completion of two or more years of post secondary education, by an accredited academic institution in Canada or the United States.

            (4) “Post Secondary Certificate” means a certificate issued, on completion of two or more years of post secondary education at an academic institution, by the federal government of Mexico or a state government in Mexico, an academic institution recognized by the federal government or a state government, or an academic institution created by federal or state law.

            Reply
  27. Shawn

    Hello,

    I am a Canadian that has been offered a position as a Research Fellow in the United States. Technically, the organization is not considering me an employee, but as a fellow. Instead of being paid a salary, I would be paid a monthly stipend. I am wondering if this would qualify me as a Research assistant under the occupations listed for TN Visas. What do you think?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Shawn. Sometimes the definitions used for TN visas need some background supporting information to make sure that the immigration officer understands the essence of the work that you are doing. I am guessing that the research fellowship has a contract that defines your responsibility and the stipend that you will be paid. You do not want to lose your opportunity for the research fellowship because you did not completely address the rules governing a TN application. What I am going to suggest to you is to have a consultation with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to go over the details of the fellowship and the stipend, and develop a strategy on how to present them for a TN. You can call us to make an appointment at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. Anonymous

        The other problem is I am not sure if it is “post-secondary educational institute.” The place is a government organization.

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          I will really need to know all the details regarding your situation and the organization that is offering you the position. Book a consultation with one of our immigration specialists by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or by going online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
          Regards, Vahe

          Reply
  28. Reem

    Hello,

    Im a human resource management student at Concordia University in Montreal and I recently did an exchange semester in LA. I am graduating in May and will get my degree then and I would like to know if I can apply for a TN visa if I get a job offer in LA. In other words, do I qualify under the TN NAFTA professions?

    Your help is much appreciated.
    Thanks.

    Reply
  29. Hilary

    Hi, I am a Canadian interested in applying for a TN visa under Graphic Design. I have a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design as well as well over the3 years required work experience for a full time employer and have contracts and letter of recommendations for proof.

    1) My question is for the last few years I have been doing more freelance work, this be a problem when applying for a TN, that the last few years of my over 10 years has been self employment, could this be an issue?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for your question Hilary. Being self employed will have no negative effect on the TN application. You appear to be a good candidate for a TN visa; you have the education and experience. You will still need an offer of employment from a U.S. company, and you must not have any criminal convictions that would deem you inadmissible to the US.
      I am going to ask one of our immigration professionals contact you to see how we can be of help to you.
      Regards,
      Vahe

      Reply
  30. Mona

    Hi,
    I am a Canadian pharmacist graduate, who recently applied for America, and obtained a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Certificate from the North American Board of Pharmacy. In order to become a licensed Pharmacist in America, I need to complete an internship program for a year in a pharmacy under a licensed pharmacist’s supervision, which requires either TN or H1b visa. I do not know whether I qualify for a TN Visa, since my employment letter will specifically state that I am Pharmacist under supervision (Pharmacist intern), and I will only receive 20$/hr working as an intern. I am scared of being rejected my Tn Visa.
    I would appreciate your opinion.

    Reply
  31. Kritika Bhatia

    I have been offered a graduate assistant job at a high school in the US. I have a masters degree in neurobiology and behavior, and am a Canadian citizen. Just wondering if I can work with the TN visa, or do I have to apply for the H1B or J visa classes (I don’t have a Bachelors of Education degree)? The high school offers IB and AP classes, so its a bit different from a public school offering the American high school diploma.

    Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for your inquiry Kritika. I am glad that you contacted us.

      Generally, one cannot apply to work in a school outside of college, or university on a TN as a teacher or teacher’s assistant. You will need an H-1B if the position is considered as a “specialty occupation” or a J-1 for this type of work. That being said, your academic credentials are excellent.

      If you are interested in looking at all the options that might be available to you, please complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to get you to that job in the U.S.

      Vahe

      Reply
  32. Dipak

    I’ve done diploma in computer technology (2.5 years) in India after standard XII, when I entered at that time the minimum requirement was standard XII (NOT standard X), this Post-Secondary Diploma, however when I applied for evaluation of my diploma to many companies, all provided me 10+3 format based on there standard database, so basically they considering this diploma for 3 years after standard X. My problem is I loose my two years education because of that and only get one year university level education equivalency in US. Is it enough for Computer Systems Analyst? I’m going to border next week. Please advise. Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hi Dipak,

      Thank you for your post. I will need to see the job offer from your employer along with the list of the tasks/duties that you are going down there to fulfill in order to advise you accurately. Kindly complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and you will be contacted once it has been reviewed. MF

      Reply
  33. Amelie

    Hi, I am Canadian but I have been working in California for one year with a TN Visa. I am accountant. I am going to change employer in the next few weeks so I need to apply for a new TN Visa while already in the US. My new employer has already prepared the offer letter and the petitioner letter addressed to the US Customs and I have all the required documentation, it’s all be reviewed by an attorney so I am confident I have the right documentation for my new application. Since I live in Southern California, just 2 hours away from Mexico, can I go to the Mexican border to apply for my new TN Visa or can I get in trouble if not at a Canadian border ? I heard some people saying that I can park my car on the US side of the border, walk on the Mexico side and then re-enter on the US side and meet an US agent, is this true ? I am limited in time and want to avoid flying to Vancouver during the week-end, but I don’t want to take any risk neither… I just want peace of mind ! Thanks

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hi Amelie,

      Thank you for your post. I strongly suggest that you do not go to a border that is not recognized by the USCIS as an appropriate place to obtain the TN Visa. Maybe it is best to consult with the Attorney that reviewed it for you to determine the best port of entry to acquire the new Visa. MF

      Reply
  34. Tony

    Thank you for this very informative post! If I have a College Diploma in Film & TV Production and accumulated a portfolio of video and photography work for an established company in Toronto, and was offered a photography contract to do some shoots / freelance work in the US for a weekend, which Visa would I have to apply for, and would my education be approved? Also, just curious what penalties or fines might ensue if someone was found to illegally accept and do contract work in the US without a visa?
    Looking forward to starting to receive your newsletter! Thanks in advance for the feedback.

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Tony,

      Thank you for your post and feedback! In order for me to properly guide you and determine which Visa is best suited for you, I would need to learn more about you and your background credentials. Kindly complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and you will be contacted once it has been reviewed.

      There are some very serious repercussions for any foreign national that is found to be working in Canada without authorization. They vary from removal orders, to exclusion orders, to fines…it is absolutely NOT worth it for anyone to risk such serious penalties when a Visa can be obtained for almost anything! MF

      Reply
  35. Ali

    Is it possible to apply for the TN visa from abroad, e.g from India, or the whole application process needs to be done within Canada?

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Ali,

      Thank you for your question. It would need to be applied for at the Port of Entry into the US, but is only applicable for PR holders or Canadian Citizens. MF

      Reply
  36. Ralph

    I am an experienced Technical Publications Writer with an undergraduate degree in English and more than four years of experience directly and additional related experience. I also have government clearances and web development skills. Canadian citizen, born and raised.

    I haven’t noticed any other postings here that mention that category. How is the reception for a technical publications writer a.k.a. tech writer/technical communicator these days? I’m applying for work where the job description uses slightly different titles than the treaty does. Will that be a problem that I should have addressed in any offer letter or will a minor variation in the advertised job title not be a problem?

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Ralph,

      Thank you for your inquiry. Now I am not sure if you have ever applied for a TN Visa before, but I can tell you that they are extremely keen to have the applicant match the description of the duties outlined in their Job Offer Letter from the US Employer to a T. We have successfully been able to assist hundreds of applicants in the past 20 years to obtain TN Visas, and I would highly recommend to anyone that is applying for one for the first time to go through an Attorney. If things like the applicant’s resume, Job Offer Letter, and qualifications do not correlate with that of which is outlined in the TN description, it is an automatic refusal…not to mention, having to go back and revise documents will only subject you as the applicant to further scrutiny. Please email us at [email protected] if you would like more information on what our Attorney and their legal team does to assist you with this process. MF

      Reply
  37. Lee

    Can a person with a degree in film qualify for a TN visa under the graphic designer category if they get a job as a graphic artist and they have many years relevant work experience?

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Lee,

      Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, that is a little bit too far-fetched, and it would not be accepted. Border Officials in the US are extremely keen on ensuring that every applicant going for a TN Visa meets the exact requirements outlined online. I don’t want to give you false hope…MF

      Reply
  38. George Rico

    Will an internal auditor with several years of experience working in large 500 fortune companies and with no completed bachelors degree, be able to apply as a Management Consultant? Considering is a Canadian Citizen.

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello George,

      Thank you for your post. If you can prove that the individual has 5 years experience in Consulting or Management, then they are qualified to apply. MF

      Reply
  39. Sarah

    I am a Canadian citizen and have a 3 year college diploma in international business as well as 5+ years of experience in operations management. Can i apply for a TN visa as management consultant while I also have a pending I-130?

    Reply
  40. Alana O'Halloran

    Hello:

    I have a similar question to Chris’, however, I have graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture at McGill University, and I am currently in the professional program. I am looking to complete a summer internship in New York City.

    Do you have to be a graduate of a professional degree in order to qualify for TN status? My undergrad is not professional.

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Alana,

      Thank you for your inquiry. It really depends on the TN that you are trying to obtain. I still need some more information to determine your eligibility and the best route for you to take. Kindly complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and you will be contacted once it has been reviewed. MF

      Reply
  41. Rich

    Hello,
    I will be looking to apply for a TN visa after I secure a job in the US as a financial analyst or finance manager. I am a Canadian citizen with a MBA from Canada and an engineering degree in Information Technology from a foreign country. My recent work experience is in corporate treasury at a Canadian bank. I have the following 2 questions.
    1. Based on the information above, will I be suitable candidate for the TN visa?
    2. I have not received a physical degree for my undergrad as I never attended graduation and have never made the trip back to collect it. Considering the field of work where I am seeking job in US is not related to my undergrad (IT), would I still need to produce the actual degree for visa application? I do have all the transcripts and course completion documents.
    Thanks in advance

    Reply
    1. Shabz

      Hey Rich, did you end up moving to the US for the financial analyst job? Just following up, Im in a similar situation.

      Reply
  42. Peko

    Hi,
    I am a Canadian citizen who lives in Taiwan mostly. I plan to apply my initial TN visa at the airport (from Vancouver to NYC flight) in Jan. Do I need to fill out the I-129 or DS160 before enter USA? or I only need to prepare the documents listed above?

    Reply
  43. Darryl MacDonald

    I have a three year College Diploma( Chemical Engineering Technology) and PMP certification. I have over 10yrs experience as a Project Manager.

    Would I qualify for a TN to work in the U.S as a Project Manager?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Darryl,

      Thanks for the question. You may be eligible for a TN visa, but that would really depend on the responsibilities of your job in the US. We would be happy to help you tailor your application for success and to help you explore other options available to you. Please see http://www.visaplace.com/usa-immigration/us-work-visas/tn-visa-applications/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  44. Vancouverite

    I have been giving workshops in the US for about 10 years thanks to TN Visas. Last week I was asked a surprising question from US immigration officer when I applied for TN Visa for a short trip. He asked what percentage of my income comes from the US. I paused to think about that, and he then asked if it was over 50% or under. I said under. Is there anything I should know about making multiple trips business trips to the US and income I earn from the US? Thanks.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Vancouverite,

      There is no maximum US derived income that is associated with TNs, however the officer may have asked that question to try to gauge if you have used TNs as a de facto green card, because the TN is meant to be a temporary visa. Please let us know if you are ever turned away at the US border as we can definitely help.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  45. John

    I heard that just a degree that is relevant to accounting (say a Master’s degree in Business Management) would be enough?

    Additionally, my offer is one that is specifically as an accounts receivable specialist, I take care of all the receivables + auditing of internal and external accounts to ensure accuracy. Would that work? I have asked in many forums, and have received mixed answers

    Reply
  46. Basitti

    I have a 4 yrs bachelors degree in civil engineering from India [canadian citizen] and assessed[from canadian registered evaluator] as equivalent to 3 yrs bachelors degree from canadian university. I also hold Master degree in Computer sciences from USA university. I hold total 8 yrs work experience from USA(H1b/EAD) and Canada in software industry as software consultant/Apps developer.

    Do I qualify for a TN visa considering my 2 yrs MS in comp sc degree and 8 yrs work experience? Also I am not working for 1 yr now..Kindly guide..

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Basitti,

      Thanks for the question. It appears that you would qualify for a TN visa as long as you have a valid job offer. Your intention to return back abroad after the TN visa expires is the important factor here, and if you can demonstrate that this is the case then you should not experience much difficulty.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  47. Naheed L

    Hi,

    I have received a job offer as a Senior Financial Analyst from a company in the US and I had been on a TN before. My company wrote a petition letter that classified me as an Accountant. My degree is in Finance but I have accounting classes on my transcript. Will I be given any problems or should I be bringing other documents?

    Please reply ASAP! Would greatly appreciate it!

    N

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Naheed,

      It is difficult to predict if this will cause any problems, but generally it is important for one’s application to be entirely consistent in order to maximize the chances of success. If you do experience any problems then please let us know and we would be happy to help you go to the US to work. Please refer to http://www.visaplace.com/usa-immigration/us-work-visas/tn-visa-applications/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  48. Francisco

    Hello,

    My name is Francisco and I am from Mexico.
    I am Industrial Enginner, and I just got an offer as a Controlling Manager in US, I have experience of 7 years in Controlling Area, and 1 year of experience in Germany working as a Controller ( I have documents as an evidence)

    My education is partially Engineering focus in quality & productivity, and partially administration, but my complete experience in the automotive industries is based in Finance/Controlling.

    I have a diploma in Finance (120 Hours) and proof of studies of my Master MBA which is not concluded ( 25% is pending). I am planning to conclude this MBA.

    Can I apply for a TN Visa in US under the job title “Controlling Manager”?

    Please your help!

    Regards,
    Francisco

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Francisco,

      Thanks for the question. It may be possible for you to apply under the Management Consultant category, but this is also the most difficult category under which to get an approval. It would be highly advisable to speak with one of our experienced immigration lawyers who will be able to help facilitate the application process for you. Please refer to http://www.visaplace.com/usa-immigration/us-work-visas/tn-visa-applications/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  49. Jessica

    Hello,
    I am a Canadian citizen with a Registered Nurse License. I am a new graduate so I was offered an Internship. It is a stipend position that is 12 weeks long and has a sign on contract but I will not get an official job offer until the end of the internship if they think I fit the position. Would this get me a TN visa? If not, do I have any other visa options?

    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Jessica,

      Thanks for the question. Given the information you provided, it seems that you would be eligible under the TN program because the sign on contract for the paid internship would essentially be the job offer, and if you could get your hands on the official job offer as well, then this would also be very helpful. You may also qualify for an H-1B depending on your exact qualification and the responsibilities of your job. Please feel free to fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly. http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  50. Rachel S

    I am currently on my first year of OPT of my F1 visa, and have been working as an adjunct at a few different universities. My visa expires in about four months, but the place I’m currently working at is not E-verified. If they offer me more adjunct work, would this qualify me for a TN visa? Also, since this is contract work would the visa keep running out as the contracts expire? Is there another option? I have been offered another 6 months of work but don’t want to accept until I figure out the visa issue, since I can’t extend my F1 with them. Any advice is greatly appreciated. I teach in a STEM field, if that is relevant (biology).

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Rachel,

      Thank you for the question. It may be possible to get an extension of your OPT, but that is usually only available for employers which use the E-verify program, and you must still have valid F-1 status. As a university teacher, you may also qualify for a TN visa, which would only be valid throughout the duration of your employment (you would need to apply for a new TN visa if you want to work with a different employer after your employment contract expires). This is something we can definitely help you with, as we have assisted many people obtain TN visas to work in the U.S. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  51. Paul

    I’m headed to the US in a few weeks on a TN. I plan to be there a year and possibly two. What are my options when it comes to bringing my car? Am I going to have to formally import it at the border and pay duty on it?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Paul,

      Thank you for the question. You will most likely have to go through the formal importation process given that you will be in the U.S. for a long period of time. Please see this webpage http://www.tnvisabulletin.com/frequently-asked-questions/us-customs/how-do-i-bring-my-car-into-the-us-as-a-tn-visa-worker.html for more specific requirements related to importing vehicles. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  52. Arora Rai

    I have receieved a job offer from a library in the states, I am a librarian. I asked the company to write a letter to the border but they responded that they do not ‘sponser’ non-citizens. I have an offer letter, my diploma and the job description from the application- can I get a TN Visa or is this a sponsership?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Arora,

      It seems as though the company is no longer willing to provide you with a job offer, so that offer you currently have may not be valid. If that is the case, then you would not be eligible for the TN visa program. However, you may be eligible for some other visa’s, and if you get a job offer from another company then you will most likely become eligible for the TN visa. Here is some more information about TN visa http://www.visaplace.com/usa-immigration/us-work-visas/tn-visa-applications/ and please don’t hesitate to contact us with further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  53. Miguel

    I have an approval notice of a new employer TN visa but I would like to stay with my current TN employer. Can I do that?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Miguel,

      Thank you for the question. You may work for any employers you have been approved to work for (as per your approved TN visa’s) including your current employer as long as that TN visa remains valid. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  54. Cherrie

    Im on my TN visa and working now as Registered Nurse…Can I apply in another Facility or Hospital with same TN Visa?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Cherrie,

      Thank you for the question. You would have to apply for a new TN visa at a port of entry to the United States, or your new employer could file the I-129 with USCIS (your current TN visa cannot be used for a new job). If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  55. Puneet Sandhu

    Hello,

    I am a Registered Nurse in Canada working in critical care. I understand that I am eligible to apply for a TN visa with a job offer. However, I would also like to attend school in the US after working for a year. Is it a timely process to switch my TN visa over to a student visa once i receive an offer of admission? and vice versa after I finish school? Thank you very much

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Puneet,

      Thank you for the question. You are in fact eligible for a TN visa as long as you have a job offer (assuming you are a Canadian citizen), and you may be eligible to change your status to an F-1 if you are studying full time in a recognized academic program that leads to a certificate/diploma/degree. Please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
      1. Jackie Stephens

        Hi Owen,

        I am a Canadian intern/junior architect in Michigan on a TN visa. I went to school on and F-1 visa for my bachelors. I am now working full time and now my mentor is pushing me to get my masters so that I can be licensed. I read online that I can apply for a masters while still on a TN visa status if my education is “incidental” to my work and I do not need to notify the CBP.

        I found letters and articles about this statement but I would like to have official documentation to carry with me when I cross the border or apply to school. Do you or does NAFTA have any material that is specific for TN visa holders to apply for full time schooling?

        Below is the website that I am quoting on this.

        – That’s when we received the call. We immediately pulled out our National Association of Foreign Student Advisors’ (“NAFSA”) Manual and found the following information:

        “Study while in TN status: Regulations do not discuss whether TN professionals are allowed to study full- or part-time in TN status. However, it is generally accepted that TN’s can study as long as the study is incidental to their TN employment.”

        Reply
        1. Mira Freiwat

          Hi Jackie,

          Thank you for your inquiry. It is always best to consult with a professional and have them asses YOUR specific situation when it comes to Immigration. There are so many laws and regulations out there and they are constantly changing. With that being said, you can’t always rely on what you find on the internet…and in order for me or any Immigration professional give you an accurate answer, I would need to learn more about you. For example, is your Program of study “incidental” to your employment? What is the length of this program? What type of program? and so on…I would really like to help you out with this to ensure that you are not breaking any rules that may result in the termination of your TN or even worse…a 10 year bar for breaking the law. Kindly complete this form for me Jackie, http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and you will be contacted once it has been reviewed. MF

          Reply
  56. Mike

    I have just completed a work term in the US that required a TN visa. I am now headed back to Canada for a few weeks and will be coming back to the US with an entirely new TN visa application for a different job. Will this be permitted? Thanks!

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Mike,

      Thank you for the question. As long as you meet all of the terms and conditions of the new TN visa application, and you are not otherwise inadmissible to the US then this should not be problematic.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  57. Elizabeth

    I’m a Canadian citizen interested in working in the US. To get TN status, my field of work req. 3 years experience and schooling which I have, however only have 1.5 years experience. Is there any other way to work in the states besides TN status I can look into?

    Help is much appreciated, thanks

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Elizabeth,

      Thank you for the question. Depending on your exact qualifications and what field you are working in, there may be a variety of options available for you to work in the US, and we would be happy to advise you as to what the most appropriate route would be for you. Please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  58. NATHAN L.

    Dear Sir/Maddam

    Hi. I am a Canadian living in LA and I recently graduated from U.S college with BS degree in Business Administration, option in Finance. I just got a job offer from a company for the position of assistant accountant manager. Would it be qualified under TV VISA requirement? or Should I ask my HR manager to put my position as JR, ACCOUNTANT?(not sure if they would do it for me though)

    My second question is…what does it exactly mean that I need to have an interview at the border for TN visa?
    If I’m flying from Toronto to LA, do I need to get off the plane at the border and get the TN VISA stamp and get back on the plane?
    I know it may sound little idiotic, but i’m really curious.
    Thank you very much in advance for your help!!!!

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Nathan

      You may qualify for a TN visa application. For TN visas, we have to look at your credentials and the job offer pursuant to the NAFTA agreement. In order to get a TN you have to have an interview with a NAFTA officer at the port of entry (airport or land). For more information about TN Visas visit our website here.

      Reply
  59. irene

    Hi,
    I am bachelors of commerce ( hons) in HR and Management science from university of Windsor and also Canadian citizen .I have worked 2 yrs as a HR in Toronto and recently resign . .Now my uncle gave me a job offer as french translator for his food company(corporation) in usa. Can I get that through TN visa? Or to travel to usa for this job as a visitor and start work?
    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Irene,
      You will find some specific information about TN visas for Canadian Citizens here:
      I have also forwarded your inquiry to one of our US Immigration Team Members, they will email shortly to discuss your case more specifically.

      Regards,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  60. sam

    I am a Canadian Citizen. My uncle in the US is a club owner who would like to hand me over his night club (valued at $300 000 us dollars) so that I can become the new owner/manager, and furthermore I would like to invest about 70 000 cdn dollars of my own into this club.

    What are my options to obtain a US work permit/visa?

    sam.

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Sam,
      You may have some options in one of the business/investor visa categories. Please take a moment to fill out our online assessment form, one of our consultants will contact you directly.

      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  61. Andrew

    Am I able to obtain a TN visa if I have a job offer from a start-up business in the US? I am a CA and have had TN visa’s in the past. I am certain to have an job offer from this company however they only have one other employee at this time, they will have a few additional employees in a few months. This is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor, my concern is that I will not be able to take advantage of it at this time.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Andrew,

      Thank you very much for the question. As long as you are not going to be engaging in a form of self-employment and your qualifications meet the requirements for the job, and the job is on the NAFTA list, then you should be able to get a TN visa, especially considering you had TN visas in the past. If you require any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us, and see this link for more information on TN visas http://www.visaplace.com/usa-immigration/us-work-visas/tn-visa-applications/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  62. bob

    Hello. I think I already know the answer but I would still like to ask. I am a marketing manager with a degree in marketing and 10 years of progressive work experience in the field. Marketing is not on the NAFTA job list and I don’t think I can qualify for management consultant category. My question is: since marketing involves in depth project management, which can span beyond just “marketing”, are there any other jobs or titles I can look into? Thank you in advance.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Bob,

      Thank you for the question. In order to properly determine whether you would be eligible for a TN visa, we would need to know more information about the details of your situation and the exact nature of your job. Helping people obtain TN visas is something that we have a lot of experience with, and in order to further assist you, please fill out our online assessment form, and one of our immigration professionals will contact you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  63. M.Afshan

    I am a public school teacher in Canada. My Husband works in US on TN visa and I am on TD visa. I am M.Ed ( Master’s in Education) and M.Sc. in Biochemistry.I have more than 15 years of teaching experience from K-12 and also taught graduation classes.What are my possibilities to get a work visa in US as you know I cant work on TD visa.
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      M.Afshan,
      With a US job offer you may have some options. Would you mind taking a few minutes to fill out this assessment form in order to provide us with the information required to better answer your inquiry.

      Regards,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  64. Dave

    Hello, I am a recent engineering graduate looking for employment in the United States. I’ve had previous work experience (2 years of internships) and looking to obtain a TN Visa. What are my odds of getting one if I had a job offer?

    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Dave,
      Generally speaking, as an engineer with a job offer, you would be in a good position to obtain a TN Visa. With that being said, there are many other factors that can influence your eligibilty for a TN. Go here and fill out our online assessment form, this will give the details required to better answer your inquiry.

      Cheers,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  65. Rob

    Can you apply for a consulting job at a consulting firm like Deloitte, KPMG, E&Y, McKinsey on the Management Consulting TN Visa. The reason I ask is that they may not have a specific job to put in the letter/offer, but rather say I will work with multiple clients/projects.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Rob

      It depends on the company, your own qualifications etc. But the job offer letter for the Visa has to be properly drafted as well as you have to show your credentials as a MC.

      Best
      Michael Niren

      Reply
  66. Bri

    Hi, I am trying to get a TN visa, i have a bachelors degree in health sciences i have applied for a research assistant job but i have minimal experience will this affect me getting a TN visa

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hi Bri,

      This is a tough question to answer without a full assessment of your circumstances. The criteria for TN visas, although clearly stated, at times may have a grey area that may be better explained through the aid of an immigration expert. If you’d like further guidance, we’d be happy to provide you with a consultation to discuss your situation in greater detail.

      Best Regards.

      Reply
  67. Malory

    Hi Michael,

    I am a Canadian citizen looking to move to Florida. I am wondering if I was granted a TN visa, do I have to keep the same job for the entire length of my Visa? And do you have any recommendations for Canadians applying in the US market in regards to using recruiters or headhunters, or is it easier to simply look for yourself? Thanks for your help!

    Reply
    1. Fadi

      Hello,

      When a TN is issued, it is employer specific. This means that you cannot get a TN and jump from one job to another without taking some sort of action. A person can have more than one TN at any given time.

      As for finding a job, we’ve had clients who were successful working with headhunters and recruiters, and others who contacted employers directly.

      Good luck!

      Reply
  68. Mimi

    Hi,

    What if you are a canadian citizen and a film student graduate. You dont have a job offer but would like to go to California to hopefully find something.

    What visa will be appropriate?

    thanks
    Mimi

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Mimi

      If you are accepted by a school you could apply for a student visa but to get a TN visa or another type of US work permit, you would need a job offer.
      Good luck
      Michael

      Reply
  69. Amir

    Hello,
    I am a canadian citizen, formally an electrical-engineer but working as software developer for over 10 years in Toronto. Can I apply for TN visa? under which occupation? Engineer? Business Analyst? my experience is not exactly either of these…
    thanks ,
    Amir

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hi Amir

      It is hard to say. Your job title is not the only factor to decide what TN occupation is most suitable. We would have to analyze the duties you have and are performing as well as your educational background to make a determination. You can complete our online assessment and we will get back to you.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  70. Lucas

    Hi Michael,

    Thank you for the great info! I’ve been doing research for potentially applying for a TN visa. I have recently received a job offer from a Charlotte based company as the marketing director, whose primary roles involve graphic design and product marketing. I am a Canadian citizen, went to a university for 4 years and graduated with a degree in marketing. Since graduate, I have started 2 tech startup ventures, where I was in charge of designs, marketing, business development. On top of that, I have also built up a design portfolio that I can show in recent 2 years. Do you think I have a case to apply TN visa as a graphic designer?

    Cheers!

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hi Lucus

      Based on your credentials, for a TN Visa, you may qualify either as a Graphic Designer or Management Consultant. We would have to look into the case deeper to know for sure. Let us know if you wish to discuss this further.

      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  71. Mike

    I don’t understand why that would be a surprise to anyone, Canada and USA are two completely different countries. I think it’s because people tend to associate the two with one another, because of its demographics.

    Reply
  72. Kal

    Hello Mr. Niren
    I am a Canadian citizen. I have work experience in India. My educational degree is from India also. I have a job offer for Computer Analyst in the US. Do I qualify for TN visa?
    Thank You

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Kal
      Thank you for your question. If your educational degree is in India you may want to first get an equivalency analysis to confirm your education is up to North American standards. If it is, then include this with your application for the TN Visa. Most likely the CBP officer will not accept your education at face value.

      Regards
      Michael

      Reply
  73. Justin

    Hello,

    I have a degree in International Business and have a potential job offer lined up as a product manager. Would I have trouble getting the TN Visa in the management consultant position?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Justin

      You may have a case for a TN Visa but a whole lot of information and preparation goes into making it happen. Let us know if you need assistance. Best and Good luck
      Michael

      Reply
  74. Manny

    Hi Michael,

    I have undergrad in engineering, MSc in Industrial engineering from the US and MBA in finance from Canada. I am working as a Budget and Research Analyst in Canada for last four years. Would i be eligible for the TN visa for the similar role or roles such as senior financial analyst or Finance Manager and if yes, under which category. I am confused about this and would like to know before i put my energy to search for jobs in the US.

    Thanks for your anticipated reply.

    Manny

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Manny
      Thanks for the question.
      You are a well qualified candidate given your education and experience. Depending on the nature of your job offer in the US, you may qualify as a Management Consultant or a job more related to finance. We have many clients with similar credentials that we help get TN visas. You would first need a job offer of course.

      Regards
      Michael Niren

      Reply
  75. Ricky

    Dear Michael,

    My apologies, I provided you with a wrong email address. Here, I have provided the correct email address. If that’s why my question was deleted, I’m sorry. Anyway, I’m still confused about adjunct teaching at a community college. Are adjunct professors at community colleges in the US qualified to work on a TN Visa? I would greatly appreciate your help in this. It’s my final question and your reply would help me out very much. Please, please reply.
    Thank you for your time.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Ricky
      Not problem with the email address.

      Adjunct teaching at a community college could be a challenge for getting a TN Visa. This is something a lawyer should look into. You can send us your CV and possible job offer and we can investigate this for you.

      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  76. Kishi

    Thanks again Michael. That does make some things clearer.
    My colleague was an American working in Canada on a TN Visa.

    cheers

    Reply
  77. Andrew

    Hi Michael,

    Great post, thank you very much.
    I am a Canadian citizen with a Bachelors in Engineering and an MBA, 5 years work experience (2 years in a managerial capacity). I’m looking to find work in the US as a management consultant (McKinsey, Accenture, Big 4, that sort of thing).

    I’ve heard that TN visas in the management consultant category are the most scrutinized and difficult to get. Given my credentials, should I or my future employer have much to worry about in terms of acquiring the visa?

    Thanks,
    Andrew

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Andrew
      Thank you for your post. Management Consultant TN Visas are indeed difficult but with an MBA you should have a stronger case than average. If you have a job offer you can certainly contact us for help.

      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  78. Kishi

    Thanks for the response Michael.
    Apologies as I did not articulate myself correctly. I have a consulting company in Canada and I may be hired by an American company to do some consulting in New York on implementing a trading system. What I meant to ask is if the company on the TN visa has to be an “American” company. You indicated that if I work in the U.S. on a TN visa, I “should” be paid by a U.S. company. Could I not work in the U.S. on a TN Visa with a Canadian company

    The reason I ask is because a colleague from Indianapolis worked Toronto on a TN visa but the company on the visa was an American company. He was not considered to be earning income in Canada and did not filing any Canadian taxes.
    He recently went back after being here almost 2 years

    cheers

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Kishi

      Thanks for the clarification. For a TN Visa, the company that hires you must be American based. If you work in the US for a Canadian company, that could cause issues unless that company has a branch office in the US. Now TN Visas are for US work visas so I do not understand your friend’s situation.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  79. Rick

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks very much for your response! So, it is possible to have a F-1 student visa and be on TN at the same time? That’s what I was wondering. Thanks very much for your help!

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Rick

      You are welcome. Yes you can have an F-1 and a TN Visa at the same time. Best of Luck Michael

      Reply
  80. Chris

    Thank you very much for the article.

    I am a Canadian student in the third year of my Master of Architecture degree at a Canadian university and I would like to work in a US architecture firm this summer. My bachelor’s degree isn’t in architecture but in mechanical engineering. Would my combination of (bachelor’s degree in a related field) + (3 years educational experience at the master’s level) + (previous work experience in architecture) qualify me for a TN visa? I would like to get the TN visa to avoid the fees and processing times associated with the J1 intern visa.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Chris
      That is a tough one. Could work but normally its your completed education that counts. We have processed cases like yours with success but a bit tricky 🙂
      Michael

      Reply
  81. Kishi

    Hello Michael.
    the information you’ve posted is very helpful.

    I have worked in the states previously on a TN-Visa and got paid via an umbrella company that processed my visa. I am incorporated in Canada as I am contracting in Toronto. Can I work in the states with a TN Visa and get paid to my Canadian company or do I have to get paid via an American Company? When applying for the TN-Visa, does the visa have to be “assigned/assigned” to an American company?

    I was thinking that if I have to get paid via an American Company, it would be a good idea to set up an LLC in the States and process the TN-Visa through my LLC. I’d be able avoid the umbrella management fees that are usually a percentage of my pay.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Kishi
      Thanks for the compliment. We try our best to provide informative information about visas on the Web!
      If you work in the US on a TN, you should be paid directly and personally by your US employer. TN visas are personally held not corporately held. Only people not companies can hold TN visas if that makes sense.

      Michael

      Reply
      1. Onufry

        This answer is not clear enough to form the basis to make a decision. It is a very valid question. I know one can have multiple parallel TN visas and every conract/engagement requires a separate TN. I am an IT consultant, incorporated in Toronto. Assume I meet all criteria – only ‘sponsoring entity’ is what I am asking about.

        Let me split Kishis’ question in smaller explicit pieces:

        1. Can one obtain TN visa using a letter produced by my own corporation where I am a sole proprietor? (Note: There is a law that does not allow ‘self-employed’ to obtain TN visa but what definition of ‘self-employed’ is used by Border Officials ( may be different than the definition by CRA or by IRS).
        2. Can one obtain TN visa using a letter produced by LLC, where I am a sole proprietor?
        3. Can I obtain TN visa using a letter produced by the ‘registered name’ entity in the USA ( not LCC nor incorporated).
        4. Is EIN issued forever?
        5. Could I obtain TN visa using letter produced by the entity identified solely by EIN?

        The underlying reason is that a lot US agencies, would gladly provide letter that states the nature of your work and that they will be paying you certain amounts but they do not want to state that you will be their employee.

        Reply
  82. BG

    Really informative article.

    As a recent university graduate, getting my foot in the door with an American pharm/biotech company would be ideal experience. Will the TN Visa process be more difficult given that I do not yet have work experience in my field?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Thank you BG for the kind words.
      Depending on the job category for the TN Visa, you may not need any experience but rather just a completed degree. Each job on the TN list has different educational and job requirements. Hope this helps
      Michael

      Reply
  83. Rick

    Also, if I decided to still enroll for the semester, would I still be allowed to obtain a TN visa? That is, am I allowed to be a F-1 student AND work for a company off campus with a TN visa (assuming I don’t qualify for OPT). Any reply would be greatly appreciated.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hi Rick
      Are you asking if you can study in the US while on a TN Visa? If so you may need to apply for a student visa as well. It depends on the case and the duration of study etc.

      Reply
  84. Rick

    Hi,

    Thanks very much for this article. It has proven to be very informative for me! I have a question and I’m hoping to get an answer. I’m Canadian and I have a Bachelor’s and Masters degree in physics. I’m a physics PhD candidate at a university here in the United States (so I am in F-1 status) and I was hoping to save some tuition money by temporarily withdrawing from the university (for one year) but still stay in the US by working as a physics tutor for one of the departments on campus. Do you think I would be able to do all this with the TN visa? I wouldn’t actually be a teacher, professor, or instructor, just a tutor. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated!

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Rick
      There is no real TN Job category for a tutor but rather a researcher. If you get a job offer as a researcher, you may be able to qualify for a TN Visa. Also given your education, you may be able to qualify as a sci. tech as well. In any case, you need a job offer before thinking about applying for a TN Visa.

      Hope that helps
      Michael

      Reply
  85. Junji

    Greetings,
    I am a Canadian citizen with the possibility of a job opening in the US. The position is in marketing and communications though – not on the NAFTA Professions List. Is it feasible to try to qualify through the management consultant role (I have 5 years consulting experience in my career background)? Any opinions or experience in such cases? Any reply is greatly appreciated.
    Junji

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Junji

      Your case may fall under the Management Consultant category. But remember Management Consultants are not managers. They are consultants who are hired to solve issues within a company. These cases are difficult ones because they are one of few occupations on the NAFTA list that do not require a college education.

      Hope that helps
      Michael

      Reply
  86. Clelia

    Hi,

    My father, who recently got a green card, has told me that, as a Canadian citizen, I am not allowed to look for a job in the US. According to him, only an employment agency can do that on my behalf and the employer also has to prove that they needed a NAFTA professional for the position before I can get the TN visa. Is all that true? If it is, that means I cannot, for example, apply to a job posting online?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Clelia

      Thank you for the question. You can indeed look for a job in the US but you can’t work there unless you get a work visa. However, it is possible that US Customs could refuse your entry to the US for reasons of “seeking employment”. The reason is that they may think you may work without authorization. But there is no rule against being in the US as a visitor looking for work.

      You do NOT have to use an employment agency to seek work in the US and get a work visa.

      I hope that helps
      Michael

      Reply
  87. Ferris

    HI Michael,

    Can a Canadian, working virtually – in Toronto – for a Canadian company (paid in CDN$) work in the US periodically without a Visa? Not performing any work for a US company, but owns a property where he can work from.

    If yes, what are the terms? If no, what visa is available for this case, if any?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Ferris

      If you are coming to the US as a visitor and working online for non-US clients or customers, generally that is ok but your visit must be temporary and you can’t engage the US labor market while in the US. That is a “rule of thumb” but it depends on the specifics of case.

      I hope that helps
      Michael

      Reply
  88. EM

    Hi, I am Canadian and work as a Registrar in Higher Education. I have a BSc Degree and an MBA and would like to apply for a similar role in the US. Providing I was offered a job, could I gain a TN visa under the Management Consultant category?
    Thank you for your help.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello EM.
      Thanks for the question. Yes it is possible to get approved for a TN Visa as a MC. However, it all depends on the duties you will be performing in the US. MC cases are complicated. If you have a job offer don’t hesitate to contact us.

      Reply
  89. Andrew

    I have a Master’s Degree in Oenology (Science of Wine and Viticulture). Would that qualify me as an agricultural scientist?

    Reply
  90. Johny

    Hello,

    I am Canadian. I just got a 1 year job offer in California as a driver. The driver position is not listed under NAFTA. Could you please suggest me how and what visa should I go for in this case.

    Thank you

    Reply
  91. Lisa

    Hi,

    I have been accepted to a 2 year post-doctoral fellowship program in the US and my employer would like to know if I want to apply for a TN or J1 visa. There may be an opportunity for me to continue working with my employer once I have completed the fellowship. With this in mind, which visa would be best?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Lisa,

      The answer may depend on the type of work you will be performing for your employer and any other relevant work experience you may have in the past. You may have to consult a qualified immigration lawyer with a detailed job description to better assess your situation.

      Also, depending on the duration of your employment, TN may be a better option for you as J1 visas tend to permit shorter lengths of stay. J1 visas may have a longer processing time at the local consulate whereas TN visas can be approved at the U.S. border. In addition, a J1 visa has a foreign residence requirement according to which you cannot change your status to that of H Visa, L Visa, K Visa, or lawful U.S. permanent resdient until you have returned to your home country for at least two years at the end of your J1 status.

      Hope this helps.

      Reply
  92. Wayne

    Hi,

    Does “adult education” fall under the same category as “college”? Is there a chance that my experience in adult education may satisfy the TN requirement?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Wayne,

      Unfortunately, only university/college teachers qualify for a TN visa. However, in order to better assess whether “adult education” may qualify, I would strongly suggest that you contact a qualified immigration lawyer as often it depends on your job description rather than your job title. We may be able to help as well.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  93. straightforward

    I have a Master’s Degree in Education from New York, USA and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Toronto. I am a certified math teacher. Am I eligible for a TN visa?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      If you are a Canadian citizen and have a temporary offer of employment from a U.S. employer, copies of relevant educational degrees, letters of reference from previous/current employers confirming your experience in your occupation, you may qualify for a teaching position at a college, seminary or university (not secondary or elementary school teaching).

      Thank you.

      Reply
  94. Anna

    Hi there,

    I have a degree (B.A.) in Adult Education. Can I get a TN visa for a teaching position at a school?

    Thank you for your help!

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Anna,

      If you are a Canadian citizen and have a temporary offer of employment from a prospective U.S. employer, copies of relevant educational degrees, diploms and certificates, letters of reference from previous/current employers confirming your experience in your occupation, you may apply for a teaching position as a college teacher.

      Hope this helps.

      Reply
  95. Sarah

    Hello,

    I am wondering where to start.

    My boyfriend is from Montana. I am from Canada. We are both currently living in South Korea together. I would like to move back to Montana with him, but I don’t know if it would be possible since I do not have a green card or residency. Is it possible to get a temporary residency card of some sort?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Sarah,

      If you are a Canadian citizen, you may be eligible to enter the U.S. without a visa. You must present your Canadian passport at the U.S. port of entry to enter the U.S. without a visa.

      Reply
  96. WW

    Hello Michael,

    I would like to know if I were to be offered a job in the US as a Canadian, but would be entering Europe, would my TN Visa application still work?

    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear WW,

      If you are working at a branch office of your company in Europe, you may do so. Your employer in the US can send its employees to work overseas. However, each country has their own immigration rules and the employee has to ensure that they have the required paperwork to work abroad.

      Hope this helps.

      Reply
  97. Michael Niren

    Hi Lynda
    I agree with your point. The TN Visa list is not very up to date current market conditions. Primary and High School Teachers should consider applying for an H-1B Visa but they come with many restrictions and are subject to annual quotas.

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  98. Lynda

    Your information was very informative. What boggles me though that there is a critical shortage of primary to high school teachers in the United States but those teachers are not included in the TN job titles. This makes finding work in the US very difficult for a Canadian. What are your views on this?

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