The immigration lawyers at Richards and Jurusik have more than 20 years of combined experience in US immigration for Canadians. Due to our proximity to Canada, we have developed a unique practice catering to the needs of Canadian citizens seeking the opportunity to work and live in the United States.

If you are a Canadian looking for representation to work and live in the United States, choose a US Immigration Lawyer with specific experience working with Canadians. Canadian citizens enjoy the ability to travel to the United States under the USMCA (NAFTA) and visa-exempt status for temporary time periods as visitors. In many cases, Canadian citizens are involved in activities within the United States that require additional US Immigration status.

There are very few US immigration law firms that can match our specific experience handling US immigration matters for Canadians. We know how to help Canadians live and work in the United States. If you are Canadian, take advantage of our specific expertise with US immigration for Canadians.

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Temporary Work Visas for Canadians

In order to work legally in the United States, Canadians must first obtain work authorization. The United States has several different nonimmigrant visa classifications for Canadian temporary workers, through which the spouse and children who qualify as dependents are also able to obtain dependant visas.

TN Visas for NAFTA Professionals

Canadian citizens benefit from the United States Canada Mexico Agreement (USCMA), formerly NAFTA. Under the USCMA, Canadian citizens that work as professionals in any of the 63 USMCA professions and meet the minimum qualifications are able to obtain TN Visa status to work in the United States.

E-1 Visas for Canadians Engaged in Trade with the US

Canadian businesses that conduct substantial trade with the United States are able to obtain an E-1 registration for their business that enables them to send qualifying employees to the United States on E-1 Visas.

E-2 Visas for Canadians with Investments in the US

Canadian citizens and businesses with substantial investments in the United States are able to obtain an E-2 registration for their business that enables them to send qualifying employees to the United States on E-2 Visas.

H-1B Visas for Specialty Occupations, DOD Cooperative Research & Development Project Workers, and Fashion Models

Canadians who wish to perform services in a specialty occupation, services of exceptional merit and ability relating to a Department of Defense (DOD) cooperative research and development project, or services as a fashion model of distinguished merit or ability, can apply for the H-1B Visa.

L-1 Visas for Business Expansion into the United States

Canadian businesses that are looking to expand their footprint into the United States can do so under the L-1 Visa for Intracompany Transfers. The L-1 Visa allows for the start-up of a new business and the transfer of qualifying employees to the United States to establish, set up, manage, run, and/or work in the new office.

O-1 Visas for Individuals with Extraordinary Ability

Canadians who possess extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who have a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements, can apply for an O-1 Visa.

Other Temporary Work Visas

We also help Canadians with all other relevant temporary work visas, including:

  • H-2A Visas for Temporary Agricultural Workers
  • H-2B Visas for Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers
  • H-3 Visas for Nonimmigrant Trainees or Special Education Exchange Visitors
  • I Visas for Representatives of Foreign Media
  • P-1A Visas for Athletes
  • P-1B Visas for Members of an Internationally Recognized Entertainment Group
  • P-2 Visas for Individual Performers or Part of a Group Entering to Perform Under a Reciprocal Exchange Program
  • P-3 Visas for Artists or Entertainers Coming to Be Part of a Culturally Unique Program
  • R-1 Visas for Nonimmigrant Religious Workers

Our Resources for Temporary Work Visas

My visa application is in administrative processing, what should I expect?
My visa application is in administrative processing, what should I expect?
After a visa interview, there are two potential outcomes, the consular officer will either issue or refuse the visa. In some instances, the consular officer may request additional information to determine the applicant’s eligibility for a visa. In such cases, further administrative processing is required.   Administrative processing times vary based on individual circumstances. Learn what it means to be placed in “Administrative Processing” and the steps that can be taken to move the case forward.
Can I withdraw my visa application at a US port of entry?
Can I withdraw my visa application at a US port of entry?
When a foreign national (alien) applies for a visa to work in the United States, withdrawal of the visa application is not a matter of right. Find out more about the withdrawal of a visa application for admission at a US Port of Entry.
How long will my TN Visa be valid?
How long will my TN Visa be valid?
The maximum time period a TN visa can be issued per admission is three (3) years. When determining the period of admission the reviewing CBP Officer can take several factors into account. We discuss these factors and how long your TN visa will be valid here.

Green Cards for Canadians

Green Cards through Employment

If you’re a Canadian looking to live and work in the United States as a permanent resident, we can help.

A permanent resident is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, a person is granted a permanent resident card, commonly called a “green card.” Take a look at the possible paths to permanent residence through employment for Canadians.

Our Resources for Green Cards through Employment

NVC UPDATE – National Visa Center (NVC) Suspends Public Inquiry Telephone Line
NVC UPDATE – National Visa Center (NVC) Suspends Public Inquiry Telephone Line
Effective May 23, 2022, the National Visa Center (NVC) has permanently suspended the public inquiry telephone line. You are no longer able to call the NVC to inquire about your pending applications. Find out how the suspension of the NVC telephone line impacts your ability to contact the NVC.
USCIS accepting I-907 upgrades for multinational executive and manager petitions  filed on or before Jan. 1, 2021
USCIS accepting I-907 upgrades for multinational executive and manager petitions filed on or before Jan. 1, 2021
On June 1, 2022, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began the implementation of premium processing through USCIS Form I-907 for certain pending Form I-140 Immigration Petitions for E13 multinational executive and manager petitions received on or before Jan. 1, 2021. 
USCIS Update – Premium Processing for Certain Previously Filed EB-1 and EB-2 Form I-140 Petitions
USCIS Update – Premium Processing for Certain Previously Filed EB-1 and EB-2 Form I-140 Petitions
On May 24, 2022, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the implementation of premium processing for certain pending Form I-140 Immigration Petitions for Foreign Workers under EB-1 and EB-2 categories. We explain this announcement and who benefits here. 

US Family Sponsorship

The US immigration system allows for the sponsorship of certain qualifying immediate family members of US citizens and US permanent residents.

Green Cards for Spouses

If you are a Canadian citizen married to a US citizen, they can petition on your behalf for a green card and permanent residence.

Green Cards for Family

If you are a Canadian citizen and a qualifying family member of a US citizen or permanent resident, they can petition on your behalf for permanent residence.

K-1 Visas for Fiancés or Fiancées

If you are a Canadian citizen engaged to a US citizen, your fiancé or fiancée can petition on your behalf to obtain a K-1 Visa to enter the US for the purpose of marriage.

Our Resources for Family-based Immigration

My visa application is in administrative processing, what should I expect?
My visa application is in administrative processing, what should I expect?
After a visa interview, there are two potential outcomes, the consular officer will either issue or refuse the visa. In some instances, the consular officer may request additional information to determine the applicant’s eligibility for a visa. In such cases, further administrative processing is required.   Administrative processing times vary based on individual circumstances. Learn what it means to be placed in “Administrative Processing” and the steps that can be taken to move the case forward.
NVC UPDATE – National Visa Center (NVC) Suspends Public Inquiry Telephone Line
NVC UPDATE – National Visa Center (NVC) Suspends Public Inquiry Telephone Line
Effective May 23, 2022, the National Visa Center (NVC) has permanently suspended the public inquiry telephone line. You are no longer able to call the NVC to inquire about your pending applications. Find out how the suspension of the NVC telephone line impacts your ability to contact the NVC.
What happens after I file Form I-485 Adjustment of Status?
What happens after I file Form I-485 Adjustment of Status?
If you are lawfully in the United States, you may qualify to file USCIS Form I-485 for adjustment of status. After you file USCIS Form I-485 for Adjustment of Status, there are several things to keep in mind while you wait for your final interview. It is important to keep copies of any submissions and I-797 notices for your records and to respond in a timely manner to any USCIS requests. We review the adjustment of the status process and what to expect below.

US Citizenship & Naturalization for Canadians

Are you a Canadian looking to become a US citizen? We can help.

Contact Richards and Jurusik Immigration Law today if you have questions about your eligibility for naturalization, or you are in need of assistance with the naturalization process. We routinely help US permanent residents apply for US citizenship—even attending interviews with our clients.

Do I qualify for US Citizenship?

Find out whether you meet the requirements to apply for US citizenship.

How do I apply for US citizenship?

Learn about USCIS Form N-400, which is used to apply for US citizenship through naturalization.

Can you help me apply for US citizenship?

Richards and Jurusik have extensive experience helping Canadians apply for US citizenship.

Our Resources for US Citizenship

How do I apply for a US passport?
How do I apply for a US passport?
A US Passport is not only proof of US Citizenship, it is also a travel document that allows the holder to travel worldwide. A passport can also be used for many other reasons when the identity of the individual must be proven. Only US Citizens as able to apply for and obtain a US passport. Here is how you apply for a US passport.
How do I obtain proof of US Citizenship?
How do I obtain proof of US Citizenship?
Over the past several years, admission to the United States has become increasingly difficult. There are a few different avenues that can be used to obtain proof of US Citizenship. Find out which one is right for you before you begin the process.