TN Visa Status as a Disaster Relief Insurance Claims Adjuster

Under the USMCA (NAFTA) you might qualify to work in the United States as a disaster relief insurance claims adjuster. There are special requirements to obtain TN Visa status as a disaster relief insurance claims adjuster beyond the typical TN visa profession. This profession does not apply to a standard insurance claims adjuster. We discuss the profession of a disaster relief insurance claims adjuster for TN Visa status under the USMCA and how to qualify here.

What is a disaster relief insurance claims adjuster for TN Visa purposes?

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), disaster relief insurance claims adjusters fall under the professions of Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, and Investigators, and are defined as follows:

Claims adjusters, appraisers, examiners, and investigators evaluate insurance claims. They decide whether an insurance company must pay a claim and if so, how much. Claims adjusters, appraisers, examiners, and investigators typically do the following:

  • Investigate, evaluate, and settle insurance claims
  • Determine whether the insurance policy covers the loss claimed
  • Decide the appropriate amount the insurance company should pay
  • Ensure that claims are not fraudulent
  • Contact claimants’ doctors or employers to get additional information on questionable claims
  • Talk with legal counsel about claims when needed
  • Negotiate settlements
  • Authorize payments

Claims adjusters, appraisers, examiners, and investigators have varying duties, depending on the type of insurance company they work for.

How do I qualify for TN Visa status as a disaster relief insurance claims adjuster?

You might qualify for TN Visa status as a disaster relief insurance claims adjuster 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 an insurance company in the United States;
  3. You will be performing duties consistent with a disaster relief insurance claims adjuster under the OOH;
  4. You must submit documentation that there is a declared disaster event by the President of the United States, a state statute, a local ordinance, or an event at a site that has been assigned a catastrophe serial number by the Property Claims Service of the American Insurance Services Group, or if property damage exceeds $5 million and represents a significant number of claims, by an association of insurance companies representing at least 15 percent of the property casualty market in the U.S.;
  5. You have a Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; and successful completion of training in the appropriate areas of insurance adjustment pertaining to disaster relief claims; OR three years experience in claims adjustment and successful completion of training in the appropriate areas of insurance adjustment pertaining to disaster relief claims; and
  6. 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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