TN Visa status as an Economist

The profession of an Economist is one of the professions listed under the USMCA (NAFTA) that qualify for TN Visa status to work in the United States. We discuss the profession of an Economist for TN Visa status under the USMCA and how to qualify here.

What is an Economist for TN Visa purposes?

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), Economists fall under the profession of OOH Economist.  An Economist is defined as follows for immigration purposes:

Economists study the production and distribution of resources, goods, and services by collecting and analyzing data, researching trends, and evaluating economic issues. Economists typically do the following:

  • Research economic issues
  • Conduct surveys and collect data
  • Analyze data using mathematical models, statistical techniques, and software
  • Present research results in reports, tables, and charts
  • Interpret and forecast market trends
  • Advise businesses, governments, and individuals on economic topics
  • Recommend solutions to economic problems
  • Write articles for academic journals and other media

Economists apply both qualitative and quantitative economic analysis to topics within a variety of fields, such as education, health, development, and the environment. Some economists study the cost of products, healthcare, or energy, while others examine employment levels, business cycles, exchange rates, taxes, inflation, or interest rates.

How do I qualify for TN Visa status as an Economist?

You might qualify for TN Visa status as an economist 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 an Economist 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.

Financial Analysts do not qualify as Economists under the USMCA

On November 20, 2017, USCIS issued a Policy Memorandum clarifying the profession of Economist under the USMCA. Activities that constitute a broad range of other professions related to economics, such as activities performed by financial analysts, market research analysts, and marketing specialists DO NOT qualify for TN status.

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