TN Visa Status as a Dentist

The profession of a Dentist is listed under the USMCA(NAFTA) professions list as a profession that qualifies for TN visa status. If you are a Canadian or Mexican Citizen with an offer of employment from a US employer as a Dentist, you might qualify to work and live in the US under TN Visa status. We discuss the profession of a Dentist for TN Visa status under the USMCA and how to qualify here.

What is a Dentist for TN Visa purposes?

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), Dentists as are defined follows for immigration purposes:

Dentists diagnose and treat problems with patients’ teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of the teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health. Dentists typically do the following:

  • Remove decay from teeth and fill cavities
  • Repair or remove damaged teeth
  • Place sealants or whitening agents on teeth
  • Administer anesthetics to keep patients from feeling pain during procedures
  • Prescribe antibiotics or other medications
  • Examine x rays of teeth, gums, the jaw, and nearby areas in order to diagnose problems
  • Make models and measurements for dental appliances, such as dentures
  • Teach patients about diets, flossing, the use of fluoride, and other aspects of dental care

Dentists use a variety of equipment, including x-ray machines, drills, mouth mirrors, probes, forceps, brushes, and scalpels. They also use lasers, digital scanners, and other technologies.

How do I qualify for TN Visa status as a Dentist?

You might qualify for TN Visa status as a dentist 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 employer or are servicing a contract with a US client;
  3. You will be performing duties consistent with a Dentist under the OOH;
  4. You have a D.D.S., D.M.D., Doctor en Odontologia or Doctor en Cirugia Dental; OR State/Provincial License; 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.

Is certification or licensure required to obtain TN Visa status as a Dentist?

All states require dentists to be licensed, and you may qualify for TN visa status with a State/Provincial License. However, licensure is a post-entry requirement for TN visa status and is not a requirement to obtain TN visa status as a Dentist. 

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