My name is Gabriel I'm from México and I'm Multimedia Graphic Designer. Now I'm studying English in Texas, and I would like to start working here in the US. Looking on the internet I've seen lots of employers looking for a Graphic Designers, searching I found this type of VISA, and it looks great, but I have some doubts:
- Should I have necessarily a University Degree in order to get it? Because my degree right now is the procedure.
- Any kind of employer can sponsor me? Could it be a little agency?
- Does my employer required to pay something?
- Do I require a lawyer?
- And the last one... Is it hard to get it?
The "NAFTA" ("TN" visa) requires one to have a university degree for (almost) all "Professions" listed on the NAFTA Treaty, with the sole exception of two (2): "Management Consultant" and "Scientific Technician / Technologist". Note, however, that these two are among the most scrutinized professions by US consulates in Mexico, not to mention all the land ports of entry manned by the CBP.
Pretty much "any kind of employer" could file a TN visa petition on your behalf - as long as the job offered you is in the same field as your studies AND your employer can "justify" needing such a professional's service "in house", as opposed to hiring "outside help". Note that in your case an employer may have no other choice but to use the "scientific technologist" job title, if you don't have a Mexican university degree, that is..
Employer pays nothing. You pay a visa fee at the US consulate. And as a Mexican you only obtain the TN visa in one (1) year increments (not "Trump"'s fault - was that way for years - blame the Mexican gov.s treatment of US professionals working in Mex - only give them one year - the US has no choice but to "reciprocate in kind"..)
If you want to increase your chances of your TN visa application to be approved, it is with a lawyer that you and your employer work.
"Harder" when no university diploma and need to use either "Scientific Technologist" or "Management Consultant."
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Yes, in most cases one needs aat least a bachelor's degree
The job must be one of a specific profession from a list.
Yes, a small company can sponsor the TN.
Yes, they must pay a reasonable wage.
Yes, the company (not you) should hire a lawyer.
Not hard to get, if you have a degree and a job offer.
Read this: https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/tn-nafta-professionals
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You typically need a bachelor's degree to qualify for a TN visa.
Any employer can sponsor you so long as they can show a need for a NAFTA professional.
It could be a small employer.
The employer must pay you a reasonable wage for your work. The employer does not have to pay any fees to sponsor you. You can pay the visa application fee.
It would be good to work with an experienced immigration attorney.
It is not difficult to obtain a TN visa if you meet the eligibility requirements.
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Unfortunately you must have a Bachelor's degree for most TNs including this one. Once you have that degree it is relatively straightforward to get the TN if you have the right kind of job offer.
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