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What is the TN and Who Qualifies?

The TN work visa is a temporary work visa option for citizens of Canada and Mexico in specific roles. Most TN visa occupations require a bachelor’s degree, plus specific requirements for each occupation. These specific requirements can include years of experience, college degree, and certifications. An immigration attorney can help you determine if the TN is the right fit for you or for your employee. Some of the occupations that qualify you or an employee for a TN work visa are listed below, along with extra resources.

TN Visa Occupation List

  •  Accountant
  •  Architect
  •  Computer Systems Analyst
  •  Disaster relief insurance claims adjuster
  •  Economist
  •  Engineer
  •  Forester
  •  Graphic Designer
  •  Hotel Manager
  •  Industrial Designer
  •  Interior Designer
  •  Land Surveyor
  •  Landscape Architect
  •  Lawyer
  •  Librarian
  •  Management Consultant
  •  Mathematician (including Statistician)
  •  Range Manager/Range Conservationist
  •  Research Assistant
  •  Scientific Technician/Technologist
  •  Social Worker
  •  Sylviculturist (including Forestry Specialist)
  •  Technical Publications Writer
  •  Urban Planner (including Geographer)
  •  Vocational Counselor

Medical/Allied Professionals

  •  Dentist
  •  Dietitian
  •  Medical Laboratory Technologist
  •  Nutritionist
  •  Occupational Therapist
  •  Pharmacist
  •  Physician
  •  Physiotherapist/Physical Therapist
  •  Psychologist
  •  Recreational Therapist
  •  Registered nurse
  •  Veterinarian
  •  Scientist
  •  Agriculturist (including Agronomist)
  •  Animal Breeder
  •  Animal Scientist
  •  Apiculturist
  •  Astronomer
  •  Biochemist
  •  Biologist [8]
  •  Chemist
  •  Dairy Scientist
  •  Entomologist
  •  Epidemiologist
  •  Geneticist
  •  Geochemist
  •  Geologist
  •  Geophysicist (including Oceanographer in Mexico and the United States)
  •  Horticulturist
  •  Meteorologist
  •  Pharmacologist
  •  Physicist (including Oceanographer in Canada
  •  Plant Breeder
  •  Poultry Scientist
  •  Soil Scientist
  •  Zoologist


  •  College
  •  Seminary 
  •  University

Additional Resources

TN Occupations

Still have questions about the TN work visa? If you or an employee are from Mexico or Canada and are applying to work in the U.S., we’re happy to help talk through the options. Get in touch today!

About the author:

Allison Davy

Vice President Marketing, Legalpad

Allison helps startup founders from around the world navigate the complex U.S. immigration system so they can pursue their goals and purpose.