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Are you a U.S. Citizen seeking a NAFTA Professional work permit in Canada?

Tiffany McKenzie is a Berardi Immigration Law Canadian Attorney who represents individuals and corporations seeking to obtain work authorization in Canada.  She also represents our clients at Visa Centres and ports-of-entry to come to Canada to present their criminal rehabilitation applications.  This blog focuses on the NAFTA/USMCA Professional category.  You can also check out our […]

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TN Spotlight: Hotel Manager

TN Category Overview  The TN category permits citizens of Canada and Mexico to enter the U.S. to provide prearranged professional services to a U.S. employer or entity.  Under the regulations, there are 63 professional occupations under which an individual may qualify.  One such occupation is a Hotel Manager. How to Qualify as a Hotel Manager  […]

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Q&A: Canadian Alternatives to the U.S. H-1B Visa

Tiffany McKenzie is a Berardi Immigration Law Canadian Attorney who represents individuals and corporations seeking to obtain work authorization in Canada.  She also represents our clients at Visa Centres and ports-of-entry to come to Canada to present their criminal rehabilitation applications.  The focus of this blog is on work permits but you can also check […]

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TN Spotlight: Graphic Designer

TN Category Overview The TN category permits citizens of Canada and Mexico to enter the U.S. to provide prearranged professional services to a U.S. entity. Under the regulations, there are 63 professional occupations under which an individual may qualify. One such occupation is a Graphic Designer. How to Qualify as a Graphic Designer To qualify […]

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Canada Day is approaching! Can I Travel to Canada?

In order to limit the further spread of coronavirus, the U.S. has reached agreements with both Canada and Mexico to limit all non-essential travel across borders, as part of a North American approach to stop the spread of the virus. These measures were implemented on March 21, 2020 and were originally in place for 30 […]

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US/Canada Border Update (June 25, 2020)

Senior Associate Attorney, Gabriella Agostinelli, keeps you up to date on what’s happening at the US/Canadian border.  In her latest video, she confirms that CBP is still processing both new and renewal L-1s and TNs.  Although the border remains closed through at least July 21st, Gabriella had three clients successfully apply for L-1 status just this […]

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TN Spotlight: Engineers

TN Category Overview The TN category permits citizens of Canada and Mexico to enter the U.S. to provide prearranged professional services to a U.S. entity. Under the regulations, there are 63 professional occupations under which an individual may qualify.  A TN visa or status request may be approved for Canadian and Mexican Engineers who intend […]

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New Executive Order Suspends Entry of Foreign Nationals Who “Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market”

On June 22, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation continuing and expanding his Presidential Proclamation 10014 issued April 22, 2020.   Who is Impacted? Effective June 24, the June 22nd proclamation prohibits foreign nationals, and any foreign nationals accompanying or following to join them, from entering the U.S. under the following nonimmigrant visa classifications: H-1B: […]

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USMCA Changes the Foreign Investment Landscape Between the U.S., Canada, & Mexico

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that has been in place for almost thirty years, goes into effect on July 1, 2020 and will change the way foreign investors can sue to protect their investments.  NAFTA established investor-state arbitration provisions which allowed foreign companies to sue the […]

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Can I Still Apply For or Renew My TN or L-1 Status?

In this video, our Senior Associate Attorney Gabriella Agostinelli answers one of the most common questions we are hearing from clients right now: “Can I still apply for or renew my TN or L-1 status?” The answer is yes! While the border remains closed until July 21, 2020, CBP is still accepting applications for both […]

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TN Spotlight: Zoologists

TN Category Overview The TN category permits citizens of Canada and Mexico to enter the U.S. to provide prearranged professional services to a U.S. entity. Under the regulations, there are 63 professional occupations under which an individual may qualify. One such occupation is a zoologist.  How to Qualify as a TN Zoologist To qualify for […]

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How Does the USMCA Affect TN Visas?

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will go into effect on July 1, 2020 after all three countries certified their readiness to implement the new agreement. The USMCA aims to update the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which has governed trade and investment between the countries since 1993.  The NAFTA established the TN visa category, […]

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Guide to Traveling to the U.S. During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 24, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published notice of the Secretary’s decisions to temporarily limit the travel of individuals from Canada  and Mexico into the United states at land ports of entry along the United States-Canada and United States-Mexico border to “essential travel.”  Given the outbreak and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic within […]

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USCIS to Rescind the 2018 Third-Party Worksites Memorandum

2018 Third-Party Worksites Memorandum In 2018, USCIS issued a policy memorandum mandating burdensome documentation requirements for employers placing H-1B workers at off-site locations. The mandate required employers to provide detailed itineraries illustrating “the dates of each service or engagement, the names and addresses of the [off-site] employers, and the names and addresses of the establishment, […]

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Current State of TN & L-1 Applications at the Canadian Border

While technically the Northern border between Canada and the United States remains closed due to COVID-19, our Associate Attorney Zach Ahlstrom details what activities are still allowed at the border. This includes traveling to the United States for work purposes and also applying for a TN or L-1 visa! Unfortunately, travel for pleasure purposes, such […]

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TN Spotlight: Forester

TN Category Overview The TN category permits citizens of Canada and Mexico to enter the U.S. to provide prearranged professional services to a U.S. employer or entity. Based on the regulations, there are 63 professional occupations under which an individual may qualify. One such occupation is a Forester.  How to Qualify as a Forester To […]

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