Canadian with a US Job Offer? What US Work Permit is Right for You?

About US Work Permits for Canadians

At our immigration law offices in Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo, we receive inquires, many from Canadians, with US job offers.  Even with the slowing economy Canadians are still getting jobs state-side. This is a testament to our very talented labor pool who still is in demand in the US.

Which US Work Permit is right for you?

However, getting a US employment offer is not enough. If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you will require a US Work Permit also called a US Work Visa or US employment authorization to work in the US.  US Work Permits come in various forms including TN Visas for Canadians or Mexican citizens under NAFTA, L-1 Visas for inter-company transfer applicants, or E-2 Investor Visas for those making a “substantial investment” in the US to start or run US Business.

There are many other US work permits including H-1B Visas, but the above three: TN Visas, L-1 Visas and E-2 Visas appear to be the most popular for Canadians wishing to work in the US–at least at our office!  It is important to note that there are advantages and drawbacks for each type of Visa depending on your plans for the future, personal credentials and net worth and other factors.

Surprisingly, in this economic recession, people are still getting US job offers and are investing in the US to start businesses.  It is always prudent to have an “immigration plan” before you venture state-side.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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