What Kind Of Visa Is Required For A Canadian To Work In The US?

Canadians who wish to work in the United States must obtain a US Work Visa – there are several types, all of which are available to Canadians. However, if you are a Canadian who wants to work in the United States and already has a job offer from a US employer, your best bet is a TN VisaTN Work Visa

A TN visa is a US work visa that allows Canadians to work in the United States for a certain period of time. TN visas are only for Canadian Citizens, and permanent residents in Canada cannot apply.

The TN Visa is usually quick to be processed and can even be applied for at the Canadian-US border or US point of entry. However, this doesn’t mean that it is completely easy to get one. If you make a mistake or omission on your application you can be denied entry to the US – which is very inconvenient.

How to get a TN Visa for the United States

1. Ensure your occupation is on the NOC (National Occupation Classification) under NAFTA. This list is available here. If your occupation is not on the list, contact us. You may still be able to get a TN Visa.

2. Have a valid offer of temporary employment in that occupation from a US employer.

3. Compile all of the TN Visa supporting documents that are required for your TN Visa application: proof of your Canadian Citizenship (birth certificate or passport), proof of your job offer, proof of your education/qualifications in the field of that job offer and reference letters from past employers where applicable.

4. Have your TN Visa application reviewed by a licensed immigration lawyer.

5. Apply for your TN Visa at the Canadian-US Border.

If you need help with your TN Visa application to ensure your best chance of success and to lessen the likelihood of your being denied entry at the border, contact us using the form on the right.

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