U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) encourages first time TN and L1 applicants to go to one designated ports of entry where applicants will receive optimized processing. There are fourteen total ports designated for optimized processing. This includes the Peace Bridge...
The United States and Mexico have reached a preliminary trade agreement that is set to replace NAFTA. President Trump announced on Monday that he will be terminating the existing trade deal between the U.S., Mexico and Canada and enter into a new deal with Mexico. According to Trump, it could end up being “one of the largest trade deals ever made.” The agreement includes new rules set to incentivize manufacturers to source goods and materials in North America. Amongst a number of new regulations, it will require 75 percent of auto content to be made in the United States and Mexico, an increase of about 13 percent from the current NAFTA regulations. What about Canada? At the moment, the new trade deal is only between the U.S. and Mexico. Canada has been reluctant to join a new trilateral trade pact, but it has shown a continued interest in negotiating with the U.S. With that being said, the pressure is now on Canada to quickly resolve key differences that have ensnared negotiations between the two countries for months. Whether or not Canada joins the agreement has yet to be determined, but even if our neighbors to the north choose to opt […]
Berardi Immigration Law recently helped Jim Armstrong successfully apply for and obtain TN work authorization in order to work for a company in the United States. Jim reached out to Berardi Immigration Law following an offer of employment from Best Approach Publications, located in Arizona. Before reaching out to Berardi Immigration Law, Jim contacted several other attorneys regarding his immigration matter. After his consult call, Jim immediately knew he wanted to work with the attorneys here at Berardi. He says, “Berardi was a breath of fresh air and as soon as I got off the phone following my initial consultation I knew I would be hiring them.” The structure and organization the entire staff provided made the entire process run efficiently, smoothly and without any surprises along the way. After determining that TN work authorization was the best option for Jim based on his citizenship and previous work experience, his attorney took care of the entire process. Jim was more than thrilled with the assistance he received. “It became clear right away that this was a dedicated and highly efficient team that was prepared to listen to my needs, understand my case and provide the service required to assist me.” […]
Berardi Immigration Law recently helped Zachary Landon successfully apply for and obtain TN work authorization in order to work for Fulcrum Construction in the United States. Zachary reached out to Berardi Immigration Law after he was offered employment as a Construction Engineering Technician (Project Engineer) at Fulcrum. Fulcrum Construction was founded in 2003 and is a nationwide retail commercial construction firm. Their expertise is ground-up store construction, open store remodels and tenant improvements. Fulcrum has successfully completed over 1,500 projects. Fulcrum Construction is a versatile company and has completed major projects for well-known retailers such as Best Buy, Starbucks, Target and Walmart, in addition to smaller projects. In order to be able to take advantage of this incredible career opportunity with Fulcrum, Zachary needed work authorization in the U.S. Before deciding to work with Berardi Immigration Law, Zachary faced some major challenges in trying to obtain status. He originally looked into applying for TN status on his own, but decided to work with Berardi Immigration Law once he realized how complicated and nuanced the process was. Zachary was relieved to have the assistance of our attorneys’ immigration expertise: “It was a great feeling when I found out Berardi Immigration Law […]
What is a TN Nonimmigrant Visa? The TN visa category was created under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for qualifying Canadian and Mexican professionals. Nonimmigrants qualified to enter the U.S. under this category may work for a company located in the U.S. for a temporary period. What are the requirements for TN status? The applicant must: Be either a citizen of Canada or Mexico; Enter the U.S. on a temporary basis; Possess the minimum qualifications for their specific profession. The most common minimum requirement is a Baccalaureate Degree; and Have an offer of employment. How long can I work in the U.S. under TN status? Both Canadian and Mexican citizens can be admitted to the U.S. in TN status in increments of up to three years. As there is no cumulative time limit on TN status, status can be renewed each year indefinitely provided the stay remains temporary in nature. How do I apply for TN status? Canadian Citizens Most Canadians apply for TN status either at a pre-flight inspection facility or port of entry inspection facility while entering the U.S. from Canada. This admission process includes: A review of the required documentation by a Department of Homeland […]
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) developed the TN visa category to facilitate the entry of professionals across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico for temporary employment purposes. NAFTA created a list of more than sixty professional designations through which applicants may be eligible for TN status. Each professional designation on this list requires applicants to possess either a Bachelor’s Degree or some form of certification, training, or licensure. However, there is one very popular exception to this rule: the Management Consultant TN designation. Eligibility Requirements NAFTA dictates that an applicant may be eligible for the Management Consultant designation where he or she possesses at least one of the following: a Bachelor’s Degree, five years of experience in the industry relating to the applicant’s assignment in the U.S., or five years of experience as a Management Consultant. Here, unlike with all other NAFTA professions, experience alone can establish eligibility. Description of Management Consultant Role According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Management Consultants propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency. They also advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues. Management Consultants do not have hands-on responsibilities, but rather observe and provide guidance […]
To qualify as a TN nonimmigrant, you must be either a Canadian or Mexican citizen and be qualified to work as one of the following occupations: PROFESSION1 MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS AND ALTERNATIVE CREDENTIALS General Accountant Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or C.P.A., C.A., C.G.A. or C.M.A. Architect Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license2 Computer Systems Analyst Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or PostSecondary Diploma3 or PostSecondary Certificate4, and three years experience Disaster Relief Insurance Claims Adjuster (claims Adjuster employed by an insurance company located in the territory of a Party, or an independent claims adjuster) Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree, and successful completion of training in the appropriate areas of insurance adjustment pertaining to disaster relief claims; or three years experience in claims adjustment and successful completion of training in the appropriate areas of insurance adjustment pertaining to disaster relief claims. Economist Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree Engineer Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license Forester Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license Graphic Designer Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or PostSecondary Diploma or PostSecondary Certificate, and three years experience Hotel Manager Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree in hotel/restaurant management; or PostSecondary Diploma or PostSecondary Certificate in hotel/restaurant management, and three years experience in hotel/restaurant management […]