ATN visa is designed to allow certain professionals from Canada and Mexico – NAFTA professionals, to work in the United States.
This article will explain how Engineers from Canada and Mexico can apply for TN nonimmigrant visas.
The complete list of NAFTA professions you can find here.
Citizens of Canada and Mexico can apply for a TN visa and work in the United States for up to three years, with a possibility of extension, under The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). One of the professions suitable to engage TN nonimmigrants in business activities is engineering.
Engineering divides into many specialties, such as electrical, software, agricultural, environmental, etc. Each of these specialties has its job duties and degree requirements, which has brought a more restrictive approach when deciding if the TN visa application will be approved. It is recommended to consult the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) to determine a particular engineering specialty’s job duties.
To be qualified to obtain a TN visa as an engineer, the nonimmigrant has to earn and prove one of the following:
- Bachelor’s (Baccalaureate) degree or Licenciatura Degree;
A degree always has to be in the field or firmly related to engineering.
- State or provincial license.
State or provincial licenses are permits for being engaged in a regulated activity or profession. Those permits are issued by a state, provincial or federal government or under its authority, with a local government exception.
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 intend to stay in the U.S. after the TN visa expires.