TN Visa: Economist
BACKGROUND OF TN VISA CATEGORY
The TN visa occupational category for Economists was first listed in the United States-Canada Free-Trade Agreement (FTA) in 1989. See 54 Federal Register 12 (Jan. 3, 1989). The predecessor to NAFTA, the FTA provided work authorization under TC visa status, which was only available to Canadian citizens. The occupational category for Economists was carried over and included in the NAFTA list of available occupations in 1994. See 58 FR 69205 (Dec. 30, 1993).
TN VISA APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS
To qualify for TN visa status under the occupational category for Economists, an individual must possess one of the following:
- Bachelor’s (Baccalaureate) degree; or
- Licenciatura Degree.
The regulations governing TN visa status generally do not provide any guidance on the type of degrees or majors suitable for a particular TN occupational category. To determine the types of degrees suitable for Economists for purposes of a TN visa, we may refer to U.S. Department of Labor publications such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). See Royal Siam Corp. v. Chertoff, 484 F.3d 139, 145 (1st Cir. 2007).
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TN VISA JOB DUTIES REQUIREMENTS
The TN visa regulations do not specifically define the types of Economist positions or job duties that are permissible under this TN category. Like the degree requirement, individuals should refer to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) for guidance on the generally accepted job duties for this occupation.
In Nov. 2017, USCIS issued a policy memo clarifying that financial analyst, marketing analyst, and marketing specialist roles did not fall within the Economist TN category.
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