TN visa - working several part-time jobs

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TN visa - working several part-time jobs

Post Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:20 pm


Does anyone know if the TN visa will work for getting 2 or 3 part-time jobs (all together making a full-time schedule).

What happens if 1 of these jobs doesn't work out, do you end up losing your visa completely, and then have to return to Canada immediately?

Post Mon Oct 02, 2006 5:14 pm

check out the information about the TN visa on the USCIS website

(ii) Documentation demonstrating engagement in business activities at a professional level and demonstrating professional qualifications. The applicant must present documentation sufficient to satisfy the consular officer (in the case of a Mexican citizen) or the Department officer (in the case of a Canadian citizen) that the applicant is seeking entry to the United States to engage in business activities for a United States employer(s) or entity(ies) at a professional level, and that the applicant meets the criteria to perform at such a professional level. This documentation may be in the form of a letter from the prospective employer(s) in the United States or from the foreign employer, and must be supported by diplomas, degrees or membership in a professional organization. Degrees received by the applicant from an educational institution not located within Canada, Mexico, or the United States must be accompanied by an evaluation by a reliable credentials evaluation service which specializes in evaluating foreign educational credentials. The documentation shall fully affirm:

(A) The Appendix 1603.D.1 profession of the applicant;

(B) A description of the professional activities, including a brief summary of daily job duties, if appropriate, in which the applicant will engage in for the United States employer/entity;

(C) The anticipated length of stay;

(D The educational qualifications or appropriate credentials which demonstrate that the Canadian or Mexican citizen has professional level status; and

(E) The arrangements for remuneration for services to be rendered.

I'm not certain, but I do think you have to already have a job lined up with a US employer before you can even apply for a TN visa. And the US employer has to prove to USCIS that they looked all over the US for someone to do the job, but couldn't find anyone, so they hired you. And you have to have a university degree that qualifies you for the job, or several years job experience (usually 12 years or so).

I don't think you can just jump over to the border and say you're going to look for a few part time jobs to keep you busy. It doesn't work that way.
jmersereauNew Member
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TN visa

Post Fri Oct 06, 2006 4:06 pm

Hey Mark
My husband is on a TN Visa and I and the kids are on TD (Trade Dependent) Visa's. We have been living here in the states for 3 and a half years now on the Visa. The TN visa is very specific about what kind of professions that even qualify to apply for a TN visa. The list includes doctors, professors at college or university level, lawyers, architects, and many others. You can not just be in data entry or retail to qualify. To apply you must also have a university degree and have a actual job offer on letter head of the company offering, with salary stated and length of contract position.
As a Trade Dependent I am not allowed to work and neither are our children, when they are old enough. The reason is that I am not allow to take a job away from an American citizen. The TN is meant to be for temporary work but can be renewed every year indefinitely, just so long as you don't mind the yearly travel or expense of mailing in a renewal form.
Hope this helps.

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