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How to Immigrate to the US as an Engineer

By Casey June 12, 2020 (Updated December 29, 2020) 2 min. read
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One of the top professions in the US is being an engineer. There are numerous specific options available to individuals with occupation experience when it comes to immigrating to the United States. Over time, immigrating to the United States as an engineer is an available option and if it is something you’re interested in, it’s important to know the ins and outs of the process. The main job of an Engineer is developing economical solutions to resolve technical problems with science and mathematic knowledge. 

Immigrating as an Engineer with a TN Visa

If you are an engineer hoping to work in the US, immigrating through a TN Visa may be a great option for you. There are various different types of visas, and which you apply for depends on your education, nationality, and specific circumstances. A few visas can be self-sponsored, but most of them need to be sponsored by a company in the US. The best route in this situation is to apply through a TN Visa.

To be eligible to immigrate as a computer system analyst, you must have a bachelor’s degree, a Licenciatura degree, ora state/provincial license.

Immigrating as an Engineer with an H1B Visa

Another great way to immigrate to the United States as an engineer is through an H1B Visa. This is a popular option for foreigners that obtain a degree in the engineering field. However, with qualifying experience (12 years), it’s possible to immigrate through an H1B without a degree. If you are not Canadian or Mexican with an engineering background, the H1B Visa is for you! 

Immigrating as an Engineer with an O-1 Visa

An O-1 visa is a nonimmigrant option for foreigners with extraordinary skills and abilities. Unlike other work visas, to qualify for an O-1 visa a job offer and ability demonstration are required. The O-1 visa has two subcategories, the O-1A and O-1B. As an engineer, you would apply for the O-1A category, which is designed for science-related fields.

Job Seeking as an Engineer

The majority of companies having to do with engineering are interested in sponsoring visas if they can afford to.

A visa can cost companies anywhere between $2,500 to $10,000 in legal and USCIS fees to sponsor. Compared to an engineer’s salary, this isn’t usually a problem for companies — especially if they’ve raised some outside capital.

Employers will be looking for great communication and language skills, so make sure you are strong in your ability to speak English.

Why Seeking Professional Help for a TN Visa is Crucial

Do not be fooled into thinking that a TN visa is easy. Your documentation and information has to be handled perfectly, otherwise, you risk getting your TN Visa refused. Furthermore, it is important to carefully select which border you go to for your TN Visa interview. Not all borders handle these visas in the same way. The standards are very high, and if an application is not properly prepared, there is a higher risk of having your TN visa denied

Why Hire Us to Help You With Your TN Visa Application?

While the procedures for TN visas may seem uncomplicated, some applicants apply without seeking any help from an immigration lawyer, thinking that they can “do it themselves.” The documentation and processes involved in successfully obtaining a TN Visa for a foreign beneficiary are complex and usually require legal expertise. We have helped thousands and thousands of Canadians and Mexicans successfully enter the U.S. with TN Visas and we can help you too!

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