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TN Spotlight: Horticulturist

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 current regulations, there are 63 professional occupations under which an individual may qualify. One such occupation is a Horticulturist.  

How to Qualify for TN Status as a Horticulturist 

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

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

Typical Job Duties of a Horticulturist   

Horticulturists are experts in the science of gardening. They provide professional advice on the selection, ordering, planting, and maintenance of trees, shrubs, and other plants. Horticulturist positions usually involve a combination of plant knowledge and science to create better types of fruits, vegetables and seeds for gardening.  They often produce new varieties through selective breeding, to improve such factors as flavor, nutrition, and ability to overcome diseases and thrive under a variety of conditions. 

Amenity horticulturists design and maintain gardens and public green spaces such as parks. Commercial horticulturists oversee the production of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and plants for sale to the public. 

Determining if an individual qualifies for TN status as a Horticulturist requires a thorough review of the nature of the proposed position in the U.S. and the applicant’s educational background. 

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. 

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 a Horticulturist 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!