Workers: Special Rules
Certain classes of Canadian and
Mexican workers coming to the U.S. to work may be eligible
for a shortened visa process or completely avoid the application process
in certain cases.
For more information on Mexican workers, click here.
Depending on the position in question,
Canadians working in the U.S. may be eligible for one of the following:
(A) a shortened visa application
(B) certain NAFTA exceptions
to work visas
(C) H-1 visa alternative status
(D) L-1 visa alternative status
(A) Shortened visa process
for Canadian specialty workers or intracompany transferees (H-1B,
of Canadian citizenship to enter and work during the duration
of their status
- Part two, the visa application,
is NOT required.
(B) NAFTA Exceptions: Canadian
consultants, sales professionals or others who are contributing to free
trade under the new NAFTA rules
(C),(D) TN status allows
the worker to avoid the visa application process by proceeding directly
to a port of entry and presenting some or all of the following documents:
- Evidence of Canadian citizenship
- Written proof of your occupation
- In some cases, copies of diplomas
- Evidence of the profession listed
under approved positions under NAFTA
of this process: these cases cannot be appealed like
traditional work visas (i.e. H-1, L-1)
can if application is denied.
Who is NOT eligible: E-1 and E-2
treaty traders and investors are required to apply for a visa.