TN Visa Status as a Research Assistant

Research assistants that work in post-secondary educational institutions can qualify for TN Visa status under the USMCA (NAFTA). If you are a Canadian or Mexican research assistant with an offer of employment to work in the United States for a post-secondary educational institution, you may qualify for TN Visa status. We discuss the profession of research assistant and how to qualify for TN Visa status here.

What is a Research Assistant for TN Visa purposes?

The profession of a research assistant under the USMCA professions list is reserved ONLY for those working in research positions for post-secondary educational institutions. If you have an offer of employment from an employer other than a post-secondary educational institution, it will NOT qualify for TN Visa status as a research assistant under the USMCA.

How do I qualify for TN Visa status as a Research Assistant?

You might qualify for TN Visa status as a Research Assistant if you meet the following minimum qualifications:

  1. You are a Canadian or Mexican Citizen (Permanent Residents do NOT qualify);
  2. You have a job offer from a US post-secondary educational institution;
  3. You will be performing duties consistent with a research assistant under the OOH;
  4. You have a Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree in a field related to research; and
  5. You can demonstrate that you have non-immigrant intent, in other words, the intent to return to your foreign residence at the end of your temporary employment.

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