Questions about TN visa

#1
Hello all,

I have a question about applying for a TN Visa under a scientific technician. I am currently on a TN visa for a "Metallurgical Technician" for Company A. I will be accepting a job with Company B for the same position/title ("Metallurgical Technician"). I am changing companies due to I will be able to use my skills as a geochemist more in this new position. I did have a little bit of trouble at the Port of Entry when I applied for the first TN visa but that was partially from a poorly written application/employment letter from my previous employer.

I have almost a year of experience as a Metallurgical Technician from Company A as well as a Bachelors degree of science in Geology with a specialty in geochemistry.

I know that to be considered for this category, I have to work under professionals with degrees in certain fields (in this case it would be a combination of chemistry, geology, engineering/metallurgy). I will be working under the supervisor of professionals with those credentials. Does the names of those I will be working under and their qualifications have to be in the letter?

My question is, am I eligible for a TN visa under the "Scientific Technician" category? If I am, how can I make it so I don't have any issues at the border this time?

I apologize for the long post.
 

nelsona

Registered Users (C)
#2
Since you qualified before, I see no issue with you being able to qualify again. As you suspected, when applying as a SciTech, you are in essence submitting qualifications fpr both YOU, and your direct supervisor.

But, SciTech is generally used by those WITHOUT a degree in a TN category, and is, as you saw, highly scrutinized. Geologist is such a valid TN category on its own, and you have a Geology degree. So why are your current and new sponsors not simply hiring you as a Geologist? Then you wouldn't have to bother with proving the credentials of your boss.

Is it because your job(s) are not "purely" that of a geologist? That may not be completely necessary in order to still get a Geologist TN.
 
#3
Thank you for getting back to me!

You are correct in your assumption. The jobs aren't purely that of a geologist. The job is kind of mesh between a geochemist and a chemical engineer/metallurgist.

I spend most (if not all) all of my time in a laboratory setting working with smaller samples to do chemical testing on them. When I am not doing that, I will be writing technical reports.

Do you think that could still be written into a geologist/Geochemist TN visa?
 
#5
Yes, I will be working under supervisors with degrees in the field.

Is there anything I can do to make it easier at the border this time around?
 

nelsona

Registered Users (C)
#6
Treat your petition as if both you (SciTech) and your supervisor (his profession) are applying for TN. Your letter should outline his quals.
 
#7
Treat your petition as if both you (SciTech) and your supervisor (his profession) are applying for TN. Your letter should outline his quals.
Both of my supervisors have at least a bachelors degree of science in a related field, and one has a masters degree in a related field. Will that be enough to prove that they are professionals?
 
#8
Treat your petition as if both you (SciTech) and your supervisor (his profession) are applying for TN. Your letter should outline his quals.
I apologize for the two separate comments, but I also forgot to mention that I have their resumes that outlines their skills and experience in the field. With both of those things, will that be enough to prove that they are professionals in the field?
 
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