TN Visa Status as an Engineer

The profession of an Engineer is one of the 63 professions listed under the USMCA (NAFTA) that qualifies for TN Visa status to work in the United States. We discuss the profession of an Engineer for TN Visa status under the USMCA and how to qualify here.

What is an Engineer for TN Visa purposes?

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH),  the profession of an Engineer includes Mechanical Engineers, Civil Engineers, Architectural Engineers, Bioengineers, Environmental Engineers, Automotive Engineers, Materials Engineers, Ship Engineers, Transportation Engineers, Petroleum Engineers, Solar Energy Systems Engineers, Health and Safety Engineers, Agricultural Engineers, Chemical Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Electronics Engineers, Nuclear Engineers, and other engineering professions. The duties vary depending on the field of specialization.

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

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

With proper preparation and guidance, the TN Visa process can be straightforward. Taken lightly, the TN Visa process can be burdensome and can have long-term immigration consequences.

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