TN Visa Status as Orthotists and Prosthetists

The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) outlines specific professions eligible for TN Visa status, but it’s important to note the standing of Orthotists and Prosthetists within this context. While closely related to occupational and physical therapists, orthotists and prosthetists have distinct roles that affect eligibility for their TN visa status.

Role and Definition of Orthotists and Prosthetists

Orthotists and Prosthetists specialize in designing, fabricating, and fitting medical supportive devices. Their expertise lies in creating artificial limbs (arms, hands, legs, and feet), braces, and other medical or surgical devices to aid patient mobility and functionality.

Distinction from Occupational and Physical Therapists

Despite working alongside Occupational and Physical Therapists, Orthotists and Prosthetists are recognized as separate professions. While Occupational and Physical Therapists are included in the USMCA’s list of occupations eligible for TN Visa status, Orthotists and Prosthetists are not. This distinction is crucial for individuals in these fields considering TN Visa applications.

Eligibility for TN Visa Status

Orthotists and Prosthetists do not qualify for TN Visa status under the USMCA as their profession is not explicitly listed or closely related to any listed professions. This limitation poses a challenge for professionals in these fields seeking to work in the U.S. under the TN Visa framework.

Alternatives and Future Considerations

Individuals in the Orthotist or Prosthetist professions seeking to work in the U.S. might need to explore alternative visa categories or wait for potential future updates to the USMCA’s professions list.

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