TN Visa: Pharmacist
BACKGROUND OF TN VISA CATEGORY
The TN visa occupational category for Pharmacists was notlisted in the initial version of the United States-Canada Free-Trade Agreement (FTA) in 1989 (the predecessor to NAFTA). See 54 Federal Register 12 (Jan. 3, 1989). The Pharmacist occupation was later added to the FTA in 1991. 56 FR 480 (Jan. 7, 1991). It was then 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 Pharmacists, an individual must possess one of the following:
- Bachelor’s Degree;
- Licenciatura Degree; or
- State or Provincial License
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 Pharmacists 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 Pharmacist 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.
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