Canadian and Mexican citizens can get employment in the United States under The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). One of the available occupations to apply for is the Architect profession.
The complete list of NAFTA professions you can find here.
Architects work on planning and designing different structures, like houses, factories, office buildings, etc.
Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), published by the U.S. Department of Labor, lists job duties that are typical for architects:
- Communication with clients to determine requirements
- Predict costs and budget
- Give instructions to people who work on documents and drawings
- Work on scaled drawings
- Provide and manage all the necessary contract documentation for contractors
- Monitor the workplace to make sure that work is performing following the plan
- Marketing activities that lead to a new work
There are no specific TN visa regulations that establish which degrees are suitable for the architect category, so the guidance can also be found in the OOH.
To be qualified to obtain a TN visa as an architect, the nonimmigrant has to earn and prove one of the following:
- Bachelor’s degree or Licenciatura Degree
- State License or Provincial License
State or a provincial license presents any document issued by a state, provincial, or federal government, as the case may be, or under its authority, but not by a local government, that permits a person to be engaged in a regulated activity or profession.
Additional requirements that TN nonimmigrants have to submit are:
- Proof of Mexican or Canadian citizenship;
- A proof of the job offer written as the employer’s letter of support, with all job details;
- A proof that a nonimmigrant does not have the intention to stay in the U.S. after the TN visa expires.