Can Canadians Work in the US?

Many Canadians apply for work permits in the United States. Luckily for Canadian citizens (and Mexican citizens), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), offers the opportunity for Canadians to work in specific jobs in the United States if they have a job offer from a US employer. This falls under the TN VisaTN Visa

Requirements for a TN Visa to work in the US

To work in the US under a TN Visa, you must be a Canadian Citizen and have an existing job offer in the United States from a US employer. You must also be able to prove that you are qualified for this position based on your education and work experience.

How to get a TN Visa to work in the US

1. Have a valid job offer from a US employer for which you have the required skills and education necessary.

2. Gather all of the supporting documentation needed for a TN Visa. You must first prove that you have a valid job offer from a US employer and that you are qualified for it through your work experience and education. In addition, you will need to prove your ties to Canada to show that you do not intend to stay in the United States any longer than during the temporary TN visa stay. You may be asked to provide proof of your assets, address and information about your family as evidence of ties to Canada.

3. Make an application for a TN Visa. Ensure that you fill out the form accurately and completely. Do not leave any section of the form blank, as this could make the immigration officer processing your application think you might have missed something. Instead, write “N/A” in the field if something doesn’t apply to you.

4. Have a licensed immigration lawyer review your TN visa application. This will ensure your application is filled out properly and that your supporting documentation is all in order and nothing has been missed. Having your TN visa application reviewed this way could prevent a delay in processing or worse – your TN visa application being denied!

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