What is a Computer Systems Analyst for TN visa purposes?
In general, a computer systems analyst will perform the following duties: Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to develop and implement solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions, improve existing computer systems, and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and schedule limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software. The US Department of Labor (DOL) provides a detailed breakdown of the Computer Systems Analyst profession through O*NET Online.
To qualify for a TN Visa Computer Systems Analyst position, the applicant must provide proof of the following:
- A Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree in IT, Computer Systems or a closely related field; OR
- Post-secondary Diploma which refers to a credential issued by an accredited academic institution in Canada or the United States on completion of two (2) or more years of post-secondary education; OR
- Postsecondary Certificate which refers to a certificate issued by the federal government of Mexico or a state government in Mexico, an academic institution recognized by the federal government or a state government, or an academic institution created by federal or state law on completion of two or more years of post-secondary education at an academic institution; and
- Three years of related IT experience.
Does a Computer Systems Analyst do programming?
As a general rule, a computer systems analyst is not a programmer. Although duties can include some programming the percentage should not be in excess of 10% of the daily duties. If the position requires a significant amount of programming the profession of Computer Engineer may be a better fit.
North American Diploma or Certificate
It is important to note the requirements are degrees or certificates from North America (Canada, U.S.A., and Mexico). If you obtained your education outside of North America you will need an evaluation of your foreign degree for its equivalence to a U.S. degree. Diplomas or Certificates from India, Pakistan, and anywhere outside of North America do not meet the requirements. In addition, IT certifications do not replace the education requirements under the USMCA (NAFTA). You cannot combine your education and experience to meet the degree requirements for any TN Visa profession.
An applicant for a TN Visa Computer Systems Analyst position must also provide the additional requirements:
- Proof of Canadian or Mexican citizenship;
- A detailed letter from prospective U.S. employer;
- Proof of intent to return to his/her permanent residence at the expiration of the temporary TN Visa stay.
A qualified applicant can obtain a TN Visa as a Computer Systems Analyst for a maximum of three (3) years. Any extension of the status may be issued for up to three (3) years at a time provided that the individual continues to comply with the requirements for TN Visa professionals. The number of extensions has no limit.
TN Visa Computer Systems Analyst
At Richards and Jurusik, our TN visa lawyers have extensive experience helping Canadians and Mexicans to obtain TN visas to work in the United States as Computer Systems Analysts. Due to the specific degree requirements, obtaining a TN Visa as a Computer Systems Analyst can be complicated. Verify with a TN Visa Lawyer to see if you meet the TN Visa Computer Systems Analyst requirements under the USCMA (NAFTA).