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TN Spotlight: Geneticist

The TN category permits citizens of Canada and Mexico to enter the U.S. to provide prearranged professional services to a U.S. entity. The TN nonimmigrant classification is a product of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and aims to strengthen trade relations between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Under the regulations, there are 63 professional occupations under which an individual may qualify. One such occupation is a Geneticist. 

How to Qualify for TN Status as a Geneticist

To qualify for TN visa status as a Geneticist, regulations require an individual to possess one of the following:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree; or 
  2. Licenciatura Degree.  

Typical Job Duties of a Geneticist  

Geneticists are typically classified under the occupation of Biochemists and Biophysicists in the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). Geneticists generally guide and treat patients with hereditary diseases and/or disorders. They play an important role in the diagnosis and management of a genetic disorder.

The OOH does not provide specific duties pertaining to Geneticists, but does provide the following job duties for Biochemists/Biophysicists (a category of scientists which includes Geneticists):

  • Planning and conducting complex projects in basic and applied research
  • Managing laboratory teams and monitoring the quality of their work
  • Isolating, analyzing, and synthesizing proteins, fats, DNA, and other molecules
  • Researching the effects of substances such as drugs, hormones, and nutrients on tissues and biological processes
  • Reviewing literature and the findings of other researchers and attend conferences
  • Preparing technical reports, research papers, and recommendations based on their research findings
  • Presenting research findings to scientists, engineers, and other colleagues
  • Securing funding and writing grant applications

Geneticists may conduct these duties as they evaluate, diagnose, and/or treat genetic diseases. 

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 their passport, which can then be used to gain entry to the U.S. in TN status. 

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