How to get a US work permit for Canadians

There are many types of US work permits available for all foreign nationals, and some available just for Canadian citizens. One of these US work permits for Canadians citizens is the TN Visa, which is for Canadians who have a job offer in a designated occupation. 

A TN visa is considered a fast-track way for Canadians to work in the United States. In fact, you can apply for the TN Visa right at the US-Canada border or US port of entry such as an airport.

However, just because the TN visa is relatively “quick” compared to other visa types, does not mean that the TN Visa is easy to obtain in any way. Many TN visas are denied each and every year, and when your TN visa is denied you must return home to Canada – no ifs, ands or buts. Even if you have a job waiting for you in the United States, the border officials won’t make an exception.

This is why it is so important to ensure that you have everything ready when you apply for a TN visa. A single mistake or forgotten item can result in a denial.

What do I need for a TN Visa?

For a TN Visa to work in the United States you will require:

1. Proof of your Canadian citizenship in the form of a valid passport or birth certificate.

2. A job offer from a company or business in the United States, that is on the NAFTA list of acceptable TN visa occupations. These cannot just be any occupations, but must be professional occupations that require high levels of education, like a doctor or a lawyer.

3. Evidence that you are qualified for the job you have been offered such as any applicable licenses, degrees, diplomas, resumes and work references where applicable.

4. Proof that you do not intend to remain in the United States after your TN visa expires, and that you will leave. Some ways to prove this include documented ties to Canada, such as information about your immediate family in Canada or information about a job you might have waiting for you in Canada. Proof that you have a home or property in Canada will also work.

Having your supporting documentation and TN visa package reviewed by a licensed immigration lawyer can be the difference between being approved or denied for a TN Visa. Give us a call, we are happy to help you!

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