Don’t Get Denied at the U.S. Border: Tips for Tech Employees Working in the U.S.

Over the past two decades, the information technology (IT) sector has grown – and so has the corresponding demand for IT workers. Unfortunately, the current U.S. immigration system – which was designed in the 20th century – has not evolved to recognize the need for IT workers in the 21st century economy. As a result, Canadian businesses looking to send IT workers to the U.S. have to navigate an immigration system designed with occupations that existed before the technology boom.

In this paper, we cover some of the most commonly used U.S. nonimmigrant statuses that can be used by Canadian IT workers looking to work in the U.S. such as:

  • B-1 Business Visitors,
  • TN Status for Canadian Professionals under the
  • CUSMA (or USCMA),
  • L status for Intra-company Transferees, and
  • E visas for Treaty Traders and Investors.