Warning: Make sure the US company agrees to Sponsor you for a US Work Visa before accepting the Job
It is an all too often scenario where we see Canadian citizens and other nationals offered US jobs only to find out that their company does not “sponsor people for US work visas”. Many people go into employment negotiations assuming that all that is required to work in the US is to obtain a job offer and volia, they can work in the US. Nothing can be further from the truth.
Not only does the applicant (foreign worker) have to qualify for the US work visa, but the US company has agree to hire non-US citizens or non-Green Card holders.
Below is an recent email exchange between myself and someone who received a job offer from the Oprah Winfrey Show only to be told by their HR Department later on that they don’t do Visas. (all names have been removed for privacy)
I just spent a good part of the morning speaking to the VP of Human Resources at Harpo.
She has officially retracted the offer 🙁
I’m heartbroken, but you did warn me that some companies just wont do it.
I can’t thank you enough for all your counseling and patience the last 6 months. You’ve been a God Sent.
I’m going to head back to
I’ll attempt this again once I’ve gotten back on my feet a bit.
I guarantee I’ll need your services in the very near future, and as promised, will never go to anyone but you!
Thanks again Michael,
I am so sorry to hear that.
It is unfortunate that often these companies do not understand NAFTA provisions. Unlike with other visa applications, with TN NAFTA applications the company is really not sponsoring you at all. All they are doing is offering you the job with a job offer letter (like they would with a
Anyway I am sure you will find a suitable employer and we are available anytime to answer your questions.
Best of luck
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