Can a Canadian Work In The US

If you’re a Canadian who wants to work in the United States, you need to acquire a work permit first. Not just anyone can work in the United States, but Canadians have the opportunity to apply for the many different types of visas available as well as some specific visas that are only available to Canadian citizens through NAFTA, or the North American Free Trade Agreement.

One of these visas is the TN visa. This visa is available for professional occupations, which usually require a license or a level of high education and can include jobs like scientist, lawyer, doctor, engineer or nurse.

One of the main benefits of the TN visa for Canadian citizens is that it can be applied for at the United States-Canada border. This means there are no lengthy visa processing times, which in the case of other visas can take weeks or months. But, that does not mean the TN visa is easy to get.

Obtaining a TN Visa for Canadians

In order to be eligible for a TN Visa, you need to work in an occupation that is on the NAFTA list for the TN Visa, which is available here.

In addition, you need to already have a job offer from an American employer in that specific type of job. This job offer needs to be in the form of a letter, which is formatted in a very specific way.

Along with meeting these two criteria, you need to bring several supporting documents with you to the border when you ask for a TN visa. These include proof you are a Canadian citizen, your job offer letter, proof of your degrees or other educational certificates that prove you are qualified for the job you have been offered, a copy of your resume and maybe more, depending on your situation.

We are experienced and knowledgable, having helped many Canadians obtain TN visas for the United States in the 15 years we’ve been offering immigration services for both Canada and the United States.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.


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