Canadian with a US Job Offer? Which US Work Permit is Right for You?

At our immigration law offices in Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo, we receive inquires, many from Canadians about US Work Permits. Many of these inquiries are from Canadians with a US job offer. Even with the slowing economy Canadians are still getting jobs state-side. This is a testament to our very talented labour pool who still is in demand in the US.

Which US Work Permit is right for you?

However, getting a US employment offer is not enough. If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you will require a US Work Permit also called a US Work Visa or US employment authorization to work in the US.  US Work Permits come in various forms including TN Visas for Canadians or Mexican citizens under NAFTA, L-1 Visas for inter-company transfer applicants, or E-2 Investor Visas for those making a ‘substantial investment’ in the US to start or run US Business. There are many other US work permits including H-1B Visas, but the above three: TN Visas, L-1 Visas and E-2 Visas appear to be the most popular for Canadians wishing to work in the US–at least at our office!  It is important to note that there are advantages and drawbacks for each type of Visa depending on your plans for the future, personal credentials and net worth and other factors.

Plan For Your United States Work Permit

Surprisingly, in this economic recession, people are still getting US job offers and are investing in the US to start businesses.  It is always prudent to have an ‘immigration plan’ before you venture state-side. With the different viable options for visas to the United States, it is important that you are familiar with what each can offer you. An experienced immigration professional can help you determine which is the correct US work permit for you.

Do you need help with US Work Permits?  All you need to do is use our free online immigration assessment form here or contact us here, and we will get back to you to discuss your eligibility for a US work permit. 

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

  • Brett melle

    Hi I currently have a l1 visa to manage one of our USA devisons and I’ve recently been offered a partnership in a company that is locatated in the USA that would like to start a devison in the same line of work I currently do. I Just want to know if it is possible to get a new visa with a different sponsor.

    I currently put a group of Americans to work and would like to do the same but with another company that would put even more people to work opening the doors to a bunch of jobs for people.

    • Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hi Brett,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! You may be eligible to get a new visa through a different sponsor. We would be happy to take a closer look at your case to guide you through any visa processes or further questions you may have. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. 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 your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

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