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General information TN visa

 

Recently, The Department Of Homeland Security has extended the visa term for professional workers from Canada and Mexico. The TN category is similar to H-1B except there is no limitation on the amount of time a person can be in that status. In order to apply for a TN visa the applicant must meet the criteria specified for the category under which he or she qualifies (usually a bachelor’s degree or a three year post-secondary diploma related to the category). Canadian Citizen may apply directly at the port of entry, and an I-94 will be issued for one year with multiple entries. An I-94 will be issued for a period varying from one to three years, with multiple entries. This procedure facilitates and accelerates the delay in obtaining a work permit which is very interesting for US employers.

It is important to know that TN visas are available for those that do not have immigrant intents.  TN visas can be renewed.  However, in order to determine whether or not an applicant can renew his or her TN visa, there are some factors to analyze. 

Spouses and unmarried minor children accompanying or following to join a TN principal will get TD. Dependents are not authorized to accept employment.

Warning : Applying for a TN visa is an important step in your life.  You should seriously consider hiring a professional to help you make it a success on the first attempt.  A denial is always more difficult to rectify and will be listed in the U.S. Immigration System forever, even if you obtain a work permit or any other kind of status afterward.

 

 

Do you qualify for a TN visa?

 

In order to determine if you qualify for a TN visa, we have listed below a list of criteria to meet:

Must be Canadian or Mexican citizen;
Must have an employment opportunity with a US business entity;
Must be a temporary employment opportunity;
Must be an employment requesting performance at a Professional level.

You may think that you qualify for a TN visa.  However, even after questioning yourself to ensure that you meet all the necessary criteria, the answer is not always black and white.  Since the individual applying for a TN visa is doing it on real-time manner, it is highly recommended to be well prepared.  You cannot take too many precautions.  Not only that you must be qualified for a TN visa and meet all the requirements but, your case must also be supported accordingly to US immigration laws and regulations.

 

 

TN visa categories

 

There are several different categories under TN visas.  Each of them requires specific education and/or work experience.  See the list below for details.

    Job category Requirements (education and/or work experience)
    Accountant Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or C.P.A, C.A., C.G.A., or C.M.A.
   

Architect

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license

   

Computer Systems Analyst

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or Post-Secondary Diploma or Post Secondary Certificate and three years’ experience

   

Disaster Relief Insurance Claims Adjuster (Claims Adjuster employed by an insurance company located in the territory of a Party, or an independent claims adjuster)

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree and successful completion of training in the appropriate areas of insurance adjustment pertaining to disaster relief claims; or three years’ experience in claims adjustment and successful completion of training in the appropriate areas of insurance adjustment pertaining to disaster relief claims

   

Economist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Engineer

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license

   

Forester

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license

   

Graphic Designer

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or post-secondary diploma and three years’ experience

   

Hotel Manager

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree in hotel/restaurant management; or post-secondary diploma or post-secondary certificate in hotel/restaurant management and three years’ experience in hotel/restaurant management

   

Industrial Designer

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or post-secondary diploma or post-secondary certificate, and three years’ experience

   

Interior Designer

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or post-secondary diploma or post-secondary certificate, and three years’ experience

   

Land Surveyor

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree or state/provincial/federal license

   

Landscape Architect

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Lawyer (including Notary in the province of Quebec)

L.L.B., J.D., L.L.L., B.C.L., or Licenciatura degree (five years’’); or membership in a state/provincial bar

   

Librarian

M.L.S. or B.L.S. (for which another Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree was prerequisite)

   

Management Consultant

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or equivalent professional experience as established by statement or professional credential attesting to five years’ experience as a management consultant, or five years’ experience in a field of specialty related to the consulting agreement

   

Mathematician (including statistician)

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Range Manager/Range Conservationist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Research Assistant (working in a post-secondary educational institution)

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Scientific Technician/ Technologist

Possession of (a) theoretical knowledge of any of the following disciplines: agricultural sciences, astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, forestry, geology, geophysics, meteorology, or physics; and (b) the ability to solve practical problems in any of those disciplines, or the ability to apply principles of any of those disciplines to basic or applied research

   

Social Worker

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Sylviculturist (including forestry)

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Technical Publications Writer

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree, or post-secondary diploma or post-secondary certificate, and three years’ experience

   

Urban Planner (including Geographer)

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Vocational Counselor

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

    Medical/ Allied Professionals Requirements (education and/or work experience)
   

Dentist

D.D.S., D.M.D., Doctor en Odontologia or Doctor en Cirugia Dental or state/provincial license

   

Dietitian

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license

   

Medical Laboratory Technologist (Canada)/Medical Technologist (Mexico and the United States)

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or post secondary diploma or post secondary certificate, and three years’ experience

   

Nutritionist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Occupational Therapist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state provincial license

   

Pharmacist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state provincial license

   

Physician (teaching or research only)

M.D., Doctor en Medicina; or state/provincial license

   

Physiotherapist/Physical Therapist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license

   

Psychologist

State/provincial license; or Licenciatura degree

   

Recreational Therapist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Registered Nurse

State/provincial license or Licenciatura degree

   

Veterinarian

D.V.M., D.M.V., or Doctor en Veterinaria; or state/provincial license

    Scientist Requirements (education and/or work experience)
   

Agricultural (Agronomist)

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Animal Breeder

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Animal Scientist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Apiculturist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Astronomer

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Biochemist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Chemist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Dairy Scientist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Entomologist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Epidemiologist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Geneticist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Geochemist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Geophysicist (including Oceanographer in Mexico and the United States)

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Horticulturist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Meteorologist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Pharmacologist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Physicist (including Oceanographer in Canada)

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Plant Breeder

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Poultry Scientist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Soil Scientist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Zoologist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

    Teacher Requirements (education and/or work experience)
   

College

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

Seminary

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

   

University

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

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