Are you a Canadian professional hoping to get a job in the US with an American company? Maybe you work for an American firm looking to hire top talent, no matter where those people currently reside. If so, you may be wondering about the visas available for people to come and work in the United States.
One of those visas is the TN 1 visa, which can be used to get foreign professionals working in the US.
The TN 1 Program
The TN 1 visa program was created under the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) in 1994. This trade agreement allows free trade between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Free trade agreements often include provisions for workers as well, opening up opportunities for citizens of the signing countries to work in the other countries.
The TN 1 visa is designed to help professionals in certain areas move between the three countries. This allows companies to hire the very best of the best.
Generally speaking, you must be a citizen of Canada or Mexico to qualify for a TN 1 visa. This is a non-immigration visa that allows people to go work in the United States. Canadian citizens usually face fewer restrictions than those applying from Mexico on account of closer ties between Canada and the US.
Of course, not just anyone can apply to get a TN 1 visa. If you could, it would be much more difficult to get one. As it stands, the TN 1 visa is one of the easier visas to get provided you meet certain criteria.
Qualified Professionals Only
The TN 1 visa is not for everyone. The program is designed to facilitate the movement of highly trained and talented professionals between Canada and Mexico, and the United States. Some educators and engineers are welcome to apply under the provisions of the TN 1 program.
A list of the qualifying professions is available online. If your profession isn’t listed, you won’t qualify for the TN 1 visa program.
Another issue is ensuring the people who apply are actually qualified in their fields. To that end, you’ll need to prove you have education and work experience in the area you’re applying in. Someone who is a computer engineer can’t apply to the TN 1 visa program as a mechanical engineer. An educator can’t apply as a physicist.
You may have to prove your qualifications before you’ll be approved for the TN 1 visa.
You Must Have a Job Offer
Another restriction on the TN 1 visa program is that those who apply must have a job waiting for them in the United States. This visa does not allow you to enter the US and then look for work. It’s awarded to people who have already secured employment in their fields and now need a visa in order to legally work in the US for a particular US employer.
Most of the time, this is facilitated by the potential employer. They’ll write you a letter, outlining the job offer you’re accepting. They’ll even vouch for your qualifications.
If you don’t have a standing job offer, a TN 1 visa is not the visa for you.
Who Doesn’t Qualify?
The list of who doesn’t qualify for a TN 1 visa is a little lengthier. People who aren’t citizens of Mexico or Canada can’t apply. Those who work in areas or have accepted jobs in areas not listed under the terms of the program also don’t qualify. Those who aren’t qualified to work in these areas wouldn’t be eligible for a TN 1 visa.
Finally, those who don’t already have a job on offer don’t qualify.
If you meet the criteria, a TN 1 visa could be right for you!