If you are a Canadian who has a job offer in the United States, you may know that the TN visa is a popular United States work visa option for many Canadians. The requirements for obtaining these visas are quite strict, and you need to make sure you are ready when you arrive at the border to apply.
You also need to know that just because you can apply for this work visa at the border, this does not mean it is an easy process. You can also be denied at the border, which means that you would have to return to Canada and could pass up your job opportunity in the United States.
Tips for applying for a TN visa to work in the United States
Tip 1: Consult with a licensed immigration lawyer who is experienced with United States work visas, particularly the TN visa, before you submit your supporting documentation. If there’s a problem, you’ll want to catch it now and not later.
Tip 2: Is your job offer letter written in the form of a petition for a TN visa? Your job offer letter needs to be specifically formatted for this visa application.
Tip 3: Is your occupation on the North American Free Trade Agreement List for the TN Visa? That is a requirement of this visa, so make sure that you have checked the list twice.
Tip 4: Gather up all of the supporting documentation necessary to prove to the United States border officials that you are qualified for the job you have been offered.
Tip 5: Make sure your resume is easy to read and up to date, along with all of the rest of your supporting documents.
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