TN Visa for Systems Analyst - Diploma in Interior Design

TN VisaCase Info.
Background: The applicant, a citizen of Canada, previously held a TN under the Management Consultant category. We reviewed a new position offered to her from a new employer. Based on its job duties, we believed the new position fell under the Computer Systems Analyst TN category.
TN Category:Computer Systems Analyst
Job title / duties:The job offered was titled Solutions Consultant. The position involved the analysis, system architecture definition, implementation, testing, and deployment of workforce management systems for the company’s customers.

Anytime a position’s job title does not exactly match the TN category, immigration officers are likely to contest eligibility. To establish eligibility under the Computer Systems Analyst category, our application included substantial evidence from the Occupational Outlook Handbook and other sources to show that the position’s job title and duties were consistent with the Computer Systems Analyst occupation.
Education:The applicant possessed a 2-year post-secondary Diploma in Interior Design from a college located in Ontario, and had completed some computer-related courses. She also possessed over 13 years of experience working on the analysis, design, and implementation of workforce management systems. As her diploma was not exactly in the Computer Systems Analyst field, we needed to supplement the application to establish how the applicant qualified as a professional Computer Systems Analyst. We included her transcripts showing her computer-related courses, and documented her substantial experience in working on workforce management systems. (Proof of at least 3 years of experience is required when the applicant only possesses a diploma and not a bachelor’s degree.) We then supported our argument by including research from the Occupational Outlook Handbook and other sources to confirm that the applicant’s credentials were appropriate for a Computer Systems Analyst position.
Filing Process:TN visa status application @ USCBP - Buffalo, NY POE
Processing time:Approved same day filed
Approval period:3 years