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Canadian citizens are allowed to work in the United States, just like any other foreign national. However, before they can legally work in the United States or take a job, they are required to obtain a United States work visa. Almost everyone who wants to work in the United States needs to apply for a work visa, but Canadians do have several advantages that other foreign nationals don’t.
There is no one work visa for Canadian citizens, in fact there are several different types. In addition, there are visas that are specifically for Canadian citizens, such as the TN Visa.
However, the United States work visa you eventually choose does not have as much to do with your country of citizenship as it does with your personal situation and work experience.
Speaking with a licensed immigration lawyer is the best way to determine which type of United States work visa you should apply for. For example, Canadian citizens who work in a certain type of professional occupation and who have a valid job offer with a United States employer could apply for a TN visa, which is only for Canadian citizens or citizens of Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement.
On the other hand, Canadian workers who are employed by Canadian companies but who are being transferred to United States offices could be best suited for an L-1 visa.
There are visas for people who work in different specialty occupations or who have different skills, while there are also visas available for people buying businesses in the United States or investing in the United States.
Each of these visas has their own specific requirements for applicants. It is vital that you understand which of these visas is the one for you, and which one suits your needs. In addition, it is important that you meet the requirements that the visa has. Get it right the first time! Call our immigration law firm for help.