|As a Canadian citizen, you enjoy the convenience to enter U.S. with no visa, even with no passport.
What you need is only a photo id to prove your Canadian citizenship. Typically, this could be your
Canadian citizenship certificate. Moreover, working in U.S. becomes less complicated.
If you are not a Canadian citizen, an H1 type of visa
is needed to work in the states. For a Canadian citizen, you only needs a "TN" status.
The "TN" visa is only available to citizens of Canada or Mexico, under the terms of
the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Qualifications for a "TN" visa
A citizen of Canada may work in a professional occupation in the U.S. provided that all of these conditions are met:
- The profession is recognized under NAFTA.
- The alien possesses the specific criteria for that profession.
- The prospective position requires someone in that professional capacity.
- The alien is going to work for a U.S. employer.
How to obtain a "TN" visa
Citizens of Canada, at the U.S. port of entry, shall:
- Request "TN" status.
- Provide a copy of the applicant's college degree and employment records which establish qualification for the prospective job.
- Provide a letter from the prospective U.S.-based employer offering him/her a job in the United States.
This job must be one which is included on the list of professions under NAFTA,
- Pay a fee of US$50.
- Canadian citizens are not required to obtain a visa, but instead receive "TN" status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the port of entry.
- The "TN" status will only be granted if the period of stay is temporary.