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Navigating TN Visa Status as a Physicist: A Comprehensive Guide

The USMCA (formerly NAFTA) presents a unique opportunity for Physicists from Canada and Mexico to work in the United States under TN visa status. Let’s explore the key aspects of this process to help you embark on a successful professional journey.

Understanding the Physicist Profession for TN Visa

Physicists, as defined by the US Department of Labor (DOL), play a pivotal role in researching physical phenomena, developing theories based on observation and experiments, and applying physical laws and theories. This encompasses a broad spectrum of scientific exploration within the field of Physics.

It’s noteworthy that, for TN visa purposes, the profession of Physicist extends to include the profession of Oceanographer in Canada.

Qualifying for TN Visa Status as a Physicist

To secure TN visa status as a Physicist, certain minimum qualifications must be met:

  1. Citizenship: You must be a Canadian or Mexican citizen (Permanent Residents are not eligible).
  2. Job Offer: Acquire a job offer from a US employer or service a contract with a US client.
  3. Duties Alignment: Perform duties consistent with the role of a Physicist.
  4. Educational Requirement: Hold a Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree in a related field.
  5. Non-immigrant Intent: Demonstrate the intent to return to your foreign residence at the conclusion of your temporary employment.

Certification and Licensure for Physicists under TN Visa

Unlike some professions, Physicists do not require certification or licensure to obtain TN visa status. This streamlines the process, allowing qualified individuals to transition smoothly into their roles without additional certification hurdles.


Embark on your journey as a Physicist in the United States under TN visa status. Leverage the opportunities presented by the USMCA and contribute your expertise to the field of Physics without the complexities of certification requirements.

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