STEP 1: Hiring Department provides an offer letter which lists the salary, complete description of job duties, length of stay and requirements for degree or licenses. It is essential that the job title mirror one on the list of accepted professional occupations.
Registered Nurse is listed under the "Medical/Allied Professional" category and Oil & Gas professionals are under the "General" category both cited in appendix 1603.A.3 of the NAFTA Agreement.
STEP 2: To enter the U.S. in TN status, the Canadian citizen applies at a port of entry with the following:
Evidence of Canadian citizenship
Documentation of professional qualifications, (diplomas, degrees, transcripts). These must show that the educational requirements for the above professional occupations have been met.
For RNs - Health Care Worker Certificate (VisaScreenŽ)
Letter or contract from hiring department that includes: a description of the professional-level activity in which the visitor will be engaged; a description of the nature of the job duties that the visitor will be performing; the anticipated length of stay; and the salary (see samples)
The visitor must be otherwise admissible under U.S. immigration law.
STEP 3: Visitor enters the U.S. and reports to the ISSO for completion of the I-9 Form. Visitor must bring passport and I-94 card.
Sample TN Letters
The letter must include a professional title that clearly relates to one of the occupations on the TN list of professional occupations. For this reason, your organizations title alone may not be sufficient. If the title is not descriptive, please also include a working title in the letter, as well as a description of the nature of the job duties the applicant will be performing, the anticipated length of stay, and the arrangements for remuneration):
SAMPLE OFFER LETTER:
To Whom It May Concern (Dear U.S. Border Official):
This letter is to certify that company XYZ is offering the position of _________to Mary Jane. The appointment will be from June 1, 2012 to June 1, 2015, remunerated at a salary of $XXXX.
Mary Jane received her degree from ___________ and possesses the necessary professional license to practice as a ________________.
The duties of her job will include ..... (insert a brief description of the job).