TN status (often called TN Visa, although there is no actual visa issued) allows citizens of Canada and Mexico to work in certain professional occupations in the United States through the U.S. – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA). If you are a citizen of Canada or Mexico and wish to work in the U.S. in a TN-eligible occupation, you will need to apply for TN status.
One aspect of the TN visa application process that may be unfamiliar to some applicants is the relatively new requirement to sign a statement during the interview process.
The TN interview statement is a document that asks the TN status applicant to provide detailed information about their job duties, the timeframe for which they are being hired, remuneration for the position, and the percentage of time they will spend on each task in their role.
The purpose of the interview statement is to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers determine whether the applicant’s job duties and qualifications meet the requirements for a TN visa.
The CBP officer will review the duties statement during the TN visa interview to ensure that the applicant’s job duties are consistent with the TN status classification and that the applicant has the necessary qualifications for the position.
It is important for TN visa applicants to be as accurate when completing the duties statement. Inaccurate or vague information may result in the CBP officer denying the TN visa application.
To complete the duties statement, TN visa applicants will need to provide the following information:
- A detailed description of their job duties: The duties statement should include a comprehensive list of the tasks that the applicant will be responsible for in their role.
- The timeframe for which they are being hired: The duties statement should specify the length of time for which the applicant will be working in the U.S. This is usually a three-year term, but sometimes TN status is requested for a shorter term by the employer.
- Their remuneration: The duties statement should include information about the applicant’s salary or wages.
- The percentage of time they will spend on each task in their role: The duties statement should specify the percentage of time that the applicant will spend on each of their job duties. This may surprise some applicants. It is crucial that TN applicants provide accurate and honest information. This helps the CBP officer understand the applicant’s role and how it fits within the TN status classification and ultimately may be the deciding factor for specific TN status classification.
It is important for TN visa applicants to carefully review the statement before signing it. The statement should accurately reflect the applicant’s job duties and qualifications, and any discrepancies or errors could result in the denial of the TN visa application.
Overall, the duties statement can be an important part of the TN visa application process, although it is not always required during the TN visa interview.
By providing accurate and detailed information about their job duties and qualifications, TN-status applicants can help ensure that their application is approved and they are able to work in the U.S. in their desired profession.
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