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03/09/09
Canadian Scientists. Working in the US and Citizenship issues
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Job Offer (Situations), Mature professionals, Post-docs, Technicians, Legal matters
Posted by: site admin @ 7:34 am

Two items mentioned in a previous
post on Overcoming Barriers were “mobility”
and the “global reach” of chemistry-based
careers in our future.
         

An email from a member asked:

“…my main goal now is just to get
some industrial experience.  I do realize
the unfortunate recession that both
countries (Canada and US) seem to be
in…  Despite this, I…contacted a couple
of … former graduate students… now
work[ing] in the US…
Collectively, they told me that many
companies will not hire on a working
VISA but rather on someone with
working permission in the US.  That
is when I thought of you, because
if I search for jobs in the States, I
also need to consider several other
things, one of them being [citizenship]
status.
…Does “working permission” imply
obtaining a Green card?  It seems that
trying to ger a job in the US results in
a conundrum.  Employers won’t hire
without someone with the right status
(green card) but always thought you
needed to have a job in the States to
apply for a Green card.  Would you be
able to make any suggestions on how
I should prepare myself legally if I
ever (and quite possibly) consider
work in the US?

Thanks again and have a great weekend.


REPLY  TO  RW
Hi RW,
There is truly a conundrum … with

immigration…
 This is what I have found out:

  1.  The TN visa is an advantage for starting out

working in the US, from Mexico and Canada. 
It has limitations.  The following links
provide
  - detailed info on TN visas 
  - limitations of TN Visas
  2.  Obtaining a green card with TN
visa
TN or equivalent —
H1b — Green card
  3.  An honest assessment for immigrating

One Response to “Canadian Scientists. Working in the US and Citizenship issues”

  1. site admin Says:


    From Joel Shulman:

    “As for the Canadian who wants to work in the
    U.S., a TN visa is the best short-term option.

    These are easy to get, but demand that the
    employer intend for the job to be temporary.
    You CANNOT go from a TN visa to a green
    card because TN visas are given only for
    non-immigration intent.

    To get a green card, he would first have to
    go from a TN to an H-1B or other category
    that allows application for a green card.

    But a TN is a good holding pattern while
    waiting for an H-1B to come through.
    Regards.

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