TN Visas For Computer Systems Analysts

tn visa for computer systems analyst

The United States tends to have strict rules about outsiders working within their borders. However, due to our proximity to the U.S. and the North American Free Trade Agreement, Canadians have an easier time than many other nations when it comes to obtaining legal employment within the United States.

If you’re a Canadian computer systems analyst interested in living and working in the United States, you may qualify for the TN Visa, which governs the exchange of professionals under the NAFTA treaty.

TN Visa Occupations: Computer Systems Analyst

There are a variety of professions approved for those who wish to apply for entry into the United States under a TN visa. The majority of them are in-demand positions for major employers within the U.S., requiring advanced education and experience, such as scientists, engineers, doctors and professionals such as economists and architects.

Computer systems analysts are among the occupations that allow you to apply for a TN Visa. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that demand for this type of position will spike by 25% between 2012 and 2022, representing plenty of opportunity to find a great job within the U.S.

In order to qualify, you have to possess a baccalaureate degree, post-secondary diploma or degree in a field that’s related to computer systems analyst work. The U.S. BLS recommends a minimum of a bachelor’s degree involving computers, as well as courses in business and management information systems.

Unlike other occupations listed as TN-approved, which don’t require prior experience before applying, computer systems analysts must already have three years of experience before attempting to secure entry to work as this type of analyst in the U.S.

How to Request TN Status

Once you’re certain that you meet the prerequisites to enter the U.S. under TN status, you need to gather all the necessary paperwork to show proof that you meet all the requirements to work legally in the United States.

You will need to bring original copies of all your educational credentials, including your degree and diploma. It’s also a good idea to bring a full transcript of our academic records as proof that you took all the necessary courses to earn your post-secondary degree.

As a computer systems analyst applying for TN status, you also need to bring documentation from your previous jobs to show that you’ve earned the minimum three years of experience in this occupation. You’ll also have to verify that you’ve already found a position with an employer in the United States, hiring you for the specific position of computer systems analyst. A $50 U.S. fee also needs to be paid at the border.

Applying to Stay Longer

If you’re looking to extend the length of your stay in the U.S., you have a pair of different paths you may follow to keep on working as a computer systems analyst in the United States past the initial deadline of your original application.

The easiest way to extend your TN visa is to request for your employer to file paperwork on your behalf. This will need to be done at the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. If, for whatever reason, you’re returning to Canada, you can re-apply for TN status at a port of entry with the same paperwork that you used to enter under a TN visa the first time.

Obstacles to Entering the United States

If you’ve ever misrepresented the truth or entered the United States under fraudulent pretense, you might be permanently refused from entering the U.S. or applying successfully for a TN visa.

Those who have prior criminal convictions may not be allowed to enter the United States, with the exception of a very limited set of circumstances. The U.S. also will refuse entry to anyone they consider a risk to the nation’s security. If you happen to be on a no-fly list by accident, you’ll likely be barred entry.

The United States also refuses entry to people based on health-related grounds when non-citizens have serious, communicable diseases or other health problems that may lead to danger for the general population.

Ultimately, the border agent has the final say when it comes to whether or not you’ll be let into the country. In some cases, people applying to enter the U.S. using a TN visa will run into roadblocks when discussing the nature of their work with border guards.

When requesting a TN visa as a computer systems analyst, you can’t give the impression that you’re actually entering the U.S. to work as a computer programmer, which is an occupation that’s not TN-approved under NAFTA. Make sure they understand that as a computer systems analyst, you must program as part of your job instead of programming being your occupation.

Ready to Apply for a TN Visa?

The documentation and processes involved in successfully obtaining a TN Visa for a foreign beneficiary are complex and usually require legal expertise. That is where we at Visaplace come in handy.

We have helped thousands and thousands of Canadians and Mexicans successfully enter the U.S. with TN Visas and we can help you too!

The first step towards a successful TN Visa application is getting an assessment of your case. Fill out our Free Immigration Assessment Form and we will get back to you within 24 hours to discuss your eligibility and options.

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

15 thoughts on “TN Visas For Computer Systems Analysts

  1. al

    I have more than 20 exp in IT as SR IT System Analyst. I’m certified in the following:
    • CCA Citrix Certified Administrator
    • CompTIA A+ Certified
    • DCSE Dell Certified Systems Expert
    • MCP Microsoft Certified Professional Certified
    • MCTS Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Certified
    • MCITP Microsoft Certified IT Professional Certified
    • MCITP PRO Windows Server 2008 Administrator Microsoft Certified IT Professional Certified
    • MCITP PRO Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator Microsoft Certified IT Professional Certified
    • MCDST Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician Certified

    I have already got a job offer I went to poe and they told i cant get a tn under CSA
    I had job offer and tn letter made by corp lawyer , paystubs, passed employers refer letters.
    what are my next steps. I dont have a degree

    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello. In order to advise you we will need to look at all the details of your situation and what has already been done for you. We have been practicing immigration law for almost 20 years. 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
      Regards, Muga

  2. Muhammad Ahmed

    My situation is little bit different. I am already employed by a US company – 10 year system analysis experience and I work remotely from Canada. My company want to come to US to perform system analysis duties for 6 month and then go back. So it the same job not a new job offer. Any comments on the viability of my TN Visa based on this situation would be appreciated.

    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Muhammad. Even though it is the same job functions that you will be performing for the same company that employs you, you will still need a visa to work in the US. A TN visa may be the best option for you. In order to see if you and the employer meet all the criteria, we would need to know more information about your situation. Things such as your status in Canada, 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 find the best visa option that will help you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at
      Regards, Vahe

  3. Kris James

    I’m currently pursing Bachelor of Science Business – Information technology Management. 4 year degree program, my question is can i get tn visa with this degree and if so, which tn visa do I qualify under

    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Kris. Your program, when you complete it, will qualify for a Computer Systems Analyst TN Visa.
      Best of luck with your studies. Regards, Vahe

  4. David Curtis

    I am Canadian actively seeking job offers as “computer systems analyst” type roles in the US.

    I have already interviewed by telephone with several potential employers. These potential job offers will certainly be qualified as “computer systems analyst” roles.

    I would like to use TN Visa however my TN Visa challenge may be fact my education is a Bach Science with a major in Marine Biology. This is no obviously a “computer related” degree.

    However, in fact, my degree includes 10 out of total 35 courses that include computer software usage.

    Two of these courses were statistics and included use of statistical software programs and oceanography courses that included introduction to and use of software to record, store, analyse and visualize currents, temperature, chemistry of water and air, etc. The university oceanography department’s web site notes “Computing skills are intensively developed in oceanography”.

    The software, analytical techniques and methodology used in these courses are similar to what a computer systems analyst would use when analyzing business process and systems.

    Experience is not officially considered for computer system analyst when person has 4 year degree, but I do have 15 years experience working in computer system analyst type roles.

    Any comments on the viability of my TN Visa application based on this information would be appreciated.

    Thank you!

    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for your question David. We see cases like your all the time where the university degree and the job offer do not match 100%. As you said in your note, you do have a lot of computer software experience. What is important is how your history is positioned so that it will be clear to the immigration officer who reviews your file and questions you at the border, that you are well qualified.
      I am going to suggest that when you are ready to go forward with your TN application, that you contact us through this form and allow us to help you make sure that you do it right the first time.

  5. James

    Do I need to have my Bachelor’s degree completed before I can apply for a TN ? I have 5 more courses to complete, and I have been offered a summer position for a company in NYC.

    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for contacting us James. It is great that you are already getting work offers while you are still in school. Unfortunately, you need to have your schooling completed before you can apply for a TN Visa.

  6. Francine

    I am a Canadian citizen, so is my spouse. Can he accompany me to the US while I am there on a TN Visa?

    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for your note Francine. Your spouse does not need a Visa to travel to the US. He cannot however take on any work while he is there.

  7. George

    I have a M.Sc. in Computer Engineering from 1982. Can I still use it to qualify for a TN Visa if I get a consulting opportunity?

    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Yes George. Your credentials are still valid. Degrees do not expire.

    2. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Yes George. Your credentials are still valid.


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