Physicians examine patients, perform diagnostic tests, obtain medical histories and interpret the results of the tests for the purpose of prescribing and administering treatment for their diseases or injuries. They also advise patients on matters of hygiene, diet and preventive healthcare. Physicians are concerned about maintaining, promoting and restoring human health by providing comprehensive medical care to individuals, communities and families.
Physicians can be general practitioners or may focus on certain category of diseases and acquire more advanced knowledge as Specialist Physicians. Foreign Physicians seeking temporary entry to the U.S. for the purpose of teaching or research may not directly engage in patient care, although it is permissible when the activity is necessary for teaching or research.
To qualify for TN Physician non-immigrant status, the applicant for Physician profession must have earned, and is able to provide proof of the following educational requirements:
- M.D. or Doctor en Medicina; Or
- State/provincial license.
The applicant for TN Physician profession must also provide the additional requirements:
- Proof of Canadian citizenship;
- A detailed support letter from prospective employer;
- Proof of intent to return to his/her permanent residence in Canada at the expiration of the temporary TN stay
If the applicant is able to provide evidence of the requirements enumerated above, he/she may qualify for TN Physician professional status.
A qualified Physician can obtain TN Professional status for a maximum of three years. Any extension of the status may be issued for up to one year provided that the individual continues to comply with the requirements for TN professionals. The number of extensions has no limit. However, the professional must continue to demonstrate that his/her employment is temporary in nature, and that his/her NAFTA entry is not used to bypass normal procedures of immigration.