The Physical Therapist TN Visa - Eligibility Conditions
In order to qualify for a Physical Therapist TN visa classification, a Canadian or Mexican national physical therapist must possess the requisite qualification(s) as required by the NAFTA treaty, which, for physical therapists is a Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license.
He or she must also have a prearranged full-time or part-time job with a U.S. employer in a position that requires someone in that professional capacity.
Canadian and Mexican national physical therapists who would like to work in the U.S. in TN status, and who are obtained their physical therapy degree outside the U.S. must also obtain a VisaScreen Certificate issued by Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) or the Federal Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) after completing a screening program.
The TN Visa Requirement
A separate application or petition does not have to be filed by the employer to the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) in order for the applicant to gain entry into the U.S. if the employee is abroad.
If applying from abroad, Canadian nationals are not customarily required to obtain a TN visa and can apply directly for admission at a U.S. Port of Entry with the requisite documentation. Mexican nationals require a visa to seek admission into the U.S. and hence will be required to obtain a TN visa at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy.
If the foreign national physical therapist is in the U.S. and is seeking a change of status from their current status into TN, the employer must file a Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129 with supporting documentation.
Period of Admission and Dependents
Canadian and Mexican nationals who enter the U.S. on a Physical Therapist TN visa classification may be admitted for a period of up to three years initially. Furthermore, their spouse and children under the age of 21 may be eligible for TD nonimmigrant status, and they do not necessarily have to be citizens of Canada or Mexico. They cannot work while in the U.S. but are permitted to study.
The TN visa classification allows Canadian and Mexican Citizen physical therapists to work immediately in the U.S. temporarily. The TN classification is restricted to citizens of Canada and Mexico (those who obtained Canadian or Mexican citizenship through naturalization are also eligible). To qualify for a Physical Therapist TN visa classification, the Canadian or Mexican Citizen must possess a Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license.The applicant must also have a prearranged full-time or part-time job with a U.S. employer in a position that requires someone in that professional capacity.
In addition to the Physical Therapist TN Visa, Canadian and Mexican physical therapists, as well as physical therapists of other nationalities, who would like to live and work temporarily in the U.S. have the option of seeking an ‘H-1B for Physical Therapists’. Unlike the H-1B, which has a numerical cap of 65,000 per year, there is no annual cap for the TN visa classification. However, unlike the H-1B, the TN classification does not support ‘dual intent’. Additionally, foreign national physical therapists who would like to live and work permanently in the U.S. also have the option of seeking a ‘Schedule A’ Green Card for Physical Therapists.
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