If you’re a Canadian looking to work in the United States, there are a few steps you need to follow. There are different visas available depending on the career path you’re interested in. To help you out, we’ve outlined the steps and provided some information about the visas.
Step 1: First things first, figure out which visa category is right for you.
Step 2: Once you know the category, you’ll need to get a job offer from a U.S. employer.
Step 3: If it applies to your situation, you might need to obtain a Labor Condition Application (LCA).
Step 4: Gather all the necessary documents. This may include things like birth certificates, degrees, and references.
Step 5: Submit your visa application and wait for the decision.
Now, let’s talk about the visas themselves. They can be a bit confusing, but we’ll try to break it down for you:
H-1B Visa: This one is for Canadian professionals who have a job offer in a specialized field that requires at least a bachelor’s degree.
L-1 Visa: If you work for a multinational company and they want to transfer you to a U.S. branch, subsidiary, or affiliate, this visa is for you.
E-1/E-2 Treaty Trader/Investor Visa: If you’re involved in significant trade between the U.S. and Canada or making a substantial investment in a U.S. business, you might be eligible for these visas.
Permanent Residency: If a U.S. employer sponsors you for permanent residency, you can apply for this status. It usually happens through employment-based immigration categories.
TN Visas for NAFTA: Thanks to the United States Canada Mexico Agreement (USCMA), previously known as NAFTA, Canadian citizens have certain benefits. This visa allows you to work in specific professions. Check if you qualify.
You can find more information and start your visa journey by clicking here. Keep in mind that the process of working in the U.S. as a Canadian can be complex, so it’s a good idea to seek legal assistance. An immigration attorney or professional can guide you through the requirements and processes based on your unique situation.
Now, go ahead and explore those links to begin your visa adventure!