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TN Spotlight: Economist

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 an Economist. How to Qualify as an Economist  To qualify […]

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TN Spotlight: Computer Systems Analyst

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 Computer Systems Analyst. How to Qualify as a Computer Systems Analyst […]

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TN Spotlight: Architects

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 Architects who intend […]

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TN Spotlight: Physicians

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 physicians who intend […]

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TN Spotlight: Accountant

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 an Accountant.  How to Qualify as an Accountant To qualify […]

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Rosanna Berardi Interviewed by Politico about Canada-US Border

Our Managing Partner, Rosanna Berardi, was recently interviewed by Politico in their article “Workers Continue to Cross Canada-US Border as Leaders Scrap for Supplies“. The national story discusses how workers, medical supplies, and more are still crossing the border every day during the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reached out to a major […]

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Canada’s Mandatory Travel Quarantine: What You Need to Know

On March 25, 2020, Canada announced that it will be invoking the Quarantine Act to impose mandatory self-isolation for international travelers entering the country. Individuals must self-quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine went into effect at midnight last night. This includes individuals crossing at land ports of entry between Canada and the U.S. This is […]

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TN Zoologist Case Summary 2.7.2020

Partner Jennifer Behm discusses a nontraditional TN application for a Zoologist that we’ve represented as a client for many years now. It’s fun for Jennifer to prepare this case because of her interesting background and scope of duties. In this case, our client was unable to travel because of some work restrictions and a tight schedule. We […]

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L-1 Manager Case Summary 2.7.2020

Partner Jennifer Behm is back with a recap of a recent L-1A approval for a Canadian Manager who had been promoted into a role that requires increased travel to the U.S. along with direct reports in the U.S. The company contacted Berardi Immigration Law to ensure their employee was able to cross the border with confidence, […]

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TN Graphic Designer Case Summary 2.7.2020

Partner Jennifer Behm discusses a recent TN Graphic Designer success story. Our client does digital design work for a well-known talk show and designs the graphic for the business’s YouTube station. This candidate has a master’s degree in digital design and a similar bachelor’s degree from a reputable Canadian institution. Since this was our client’s third TN […]

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E-1 Visas for Canadian Consultants & Professional Service Companies

Canadian citizens can often gain entry to the US with greater ease than others; this preferential treatment for our friends across the border is linked to treaty provisions within the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). One of the first visa categories considered when analyzing U.S. employment authorization options for Canadian nationals is the TN […]

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L-1 Case Summary 2.6.2020

Senior Associate Attorney Gabriella Agostinelli tells us about her recent L-1 approval at the border.  She discusses one of her most frequently asked questions—do I really need an L-1?  The L-1 category is very flexible –you can come here once a month or once a year.  If you are interested in spending more than 183 […]

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TN Mechanical Engineer Case Summary 2.4.2020

Managing Partner Rosanna Berardi is back from the U.S./Canadian border! She met with a client who is applying for a TN work permit as a Mechanical Engineer. In this scenario, our client was entering the U.S. periodically to provide services on behalf of a U.S. company and was told by CBP that he needed a work permit.  […]

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TN Management Consultant Case Summary 2.4.2020

Did you know that the Management Consultant classification is the only TN classification that does not require a bachelor’s degree? This forces Customs and Border Protection to look at Management Consultant cases microscopically as it is the most “abused” classification. In this situation, our client has had multiple TNs so we showed that our client’s work […]

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TN Computer Systems Analyst Case Summary 2.4.2020

Managing Partner Rosanna Berardi discusses a recent TN application for a Computer Systems Analyst. This case is unique in the sense that the applicant did not possess a degree in computer science, rather, the applicant has an MBA and many years of work experience.  As some of you may know, the Computer Systems Analyst category requires […]

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The L-1 Category and “Doing Business”

The L-1 category allows a U.S. employer to transfer an executive, manager, or specialized knowledge employee from an affiliated foreign office to one of its offices in the United States. To qualify, there are specific requirements that must be satisfied by both the petitioning employer and the beneficiary employee. On the employer’s side, it must […]

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L-1 Renewal Case Summary 1.21.2020

Our office is happy to report another successful trip to the Peace Bridge for an L-1 renewal.  Over the last year, Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has said their rules are changing regarding the adjudication of L-1 renewals.  Moving forward, if an individual has spent approximately six months or longer in the United States per […]

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L-1 Case Summary 1.21.2020

Senior Associate Attorney Gabriella Agostinelli reports another successful trip to the border for a first-time L-1 applicant. When our team puts together an L-1 package, we want to be able to show several things: person holds a qualifying position the foreign entity and U.S.-based entity are properly affiliated; and the two entities are actively doing business.  […]

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TN Engineer Case Summary 1.14.2020

Attorney Zachary Ahlstrom discusses a recent TN application he submitted for an engineer. In this case, our client came to us after he was previously denied TN status at the border. Unfortunately, he submitted his application on New Year’s Day around 10pm, and the officer reviewing the application was not fully versed in the TN […]

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TN Biologist Case Summary 1.14.2020

Attorney Zachary Ahlstrom discusses a recent TN application he prepared for a biologist. Our client applied for status when a U.S. laboratory needed this individual to come to the United States to research cancer medications and the effects of these medications on the human body. To qualify as a biologist under TN status, we need […]

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