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TN Spotlight: Apiculturist

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 an Apiculturist. 

How to Qualify for TN Status as an Apiculturist

To qualify for TN visa status as an Apiculturist, an individual must possess one of the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree; or 
  • Licenciatura Degree. 

Typical Apiculturist Job Duties

Apiculturists manage and maintain colonies of honeybees for commercial and agricultural purposes, such as honey production and crop pollination. Apiculturists’ typical job duties include:

  • Constructing and cleaning hives
  • Buying and selling bees
  • Keeping beehives healthy and productive so they can yield honey and related byproducts
  • Feeding bees
  • Assessing the health of the beehive and monitoring and treating the beehive when health problems arise
  • Maintaining detailed health, medication, and honey production records
  • Preparing bees for pollination activities
  • Raising queen bees
  • Dividing hives when necessary

Application Process

For citizens of Canada, applicants can submit a TN petition to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at any land port of entry or airport preclearance location throughout Canada. A decision will be made on the spot, and, if approved, the applicant may begin working in the U.S. the same day.

For citizens of Mexico, applicants need to schedule and attend an in-person interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Mexico. Upon approval, the applicant will be issued a TN visa inside his or her passport, which can then be used to gain entry to the U.S. in TN status. 

Additional Resources

Berardi Immigration Law regularly helps individuals obtain TN status and provides an individualized approach for each client. If you study or work as an Apiculturist and want to expand your career to the United States, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys today!