TN Visa Status as a Teacher

Of the several listed professions under the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), three professions fall under the category of teacher. These include College Teachers, Seminary Teachers, and University Teachers.  Typically referred to as postsecondary teachers. This does not include primary or secondary school teachers. We discuss the profession of a Teacher for TN Visa status under the USMCA and how to qualify here.

What is a Teacher for TN Visa purposes?

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), Teachers fall under the professions of Postsecondary Teachers, these professions as are defined follows for immigration purposes:

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a variety of academic subjects beyond the high school level. They may also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books. Postsecondary teachers typically do the following:

  • Develop an instructional plan (known as a course outline or syllabus) for the course(s) they teach and ensure that it meets college and department standards
  • Plan lessons and assignments
  • Teach courses in their subject area
  • Assess students’ progress by grading assignments, papers, exams, and other work
  • Advise students about which courses to take and how to achieve their goals
  • Work with colleagues to develop or modify the curriculum for a degree or certificate program involving in-person, online, or hybrid delivery of course material
  • Stay informed about changes and innovations in their field
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees, as needed

Postsecondary teachers, often referred to as professors or faculty, specialize in a variety of subjects and fields. At colleges and universities, professors are organized into departments by degree field, such as history, science, or business. A professor may teach one or more courses within that department.

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

You might qualify for TN Visa status as a teacher 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 postsecondary teacher under the OOH;
  4. You have a Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; 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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