Systems Analyst TN Visa Approval After 2 Denials for Lack of Computer Degree

TN VisaCase Info.
Background:The applicant, a citizen of Canada, had been approved for TN visa status under the Computer Systems Analyst category for several years. When he recently applied for a new TN to change employers, a USCBP officer refused to approve the application because the applicant held a degree in Electrical Engineering and not Computer Science. The applicant returned to the border with his SAP certificates, but the USCBP officer again refused to issue a TN to the applicant due to his lack of a Computer Science degree.

We reviewed the position offered and the applicant’s credentials, and although he did not possess a degree in Computer Science, we believed that the individual still qualified under the Computer Systems Analyst TN visa category.
TN Category:Computer Systems Analyst
Job title / duties:The duties of the Systems Analyst BW/HANA position involved the analysis, design, configuration, and troubleshooting of SAP Business Warehouse (BW) and Business Intelligence (BI) systems and the HANA application.

Education:The applicant possessed a degree in Electrical Engineering, and completed several computer-related courses. He also completed training on the SAP systems involved in the position offered, and had over 15 years of related experience. To establish eligibility, we highlighted the applicant's computer coursework completed during his bachelor's degree program, and the SAP training he received. We included proof of his experience working with SAP. We then supplemented the application with research establishing that a degree in Computer Science was not required for a Computer Systems Analyst position, and that individuals with degrees in Engineering who have training and experience in the field could also qualify.

Filing Process:TN visa status application @ USCBP - Buffalo, NY POE
Processing time: Approved same day filed
Approval period: 3 years