TN Visa as a Lawyer

You can obtain a TN Visa as a lawyer. Under the USCMA (NAFTA) A Lawyer defends an entity or a person in different legal proceedings which may fall into a variety of different categories, wherein most belong to either civil litigation or criminal litigation. A Lawyer acts on behalf of another, expresses the client’s opinion and protects the best interest of the client. This professional represents the client in mediations, business transactions, court hearings and other legal arrangements or proceedings in which the law is discussed.

Generally, the Lawyer represents another person or organization in all issues wherein legal representation is deemed necessary. Some other titles of a Lawyer are Attorney, Associate, Associate Attorney, Deputy Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, County Attorney, City Attorney and Assistant Counsel.

To qualify for a TN visa as a Lawyer under the USMCA (NAFTA), the applicant for a TN visa as a Lawyer must have earned, and is able to provide proof of the following educational requirements:

  1. LL.B., J.D., LL.L., B.C.L. or Licenciatura Degree (five years); OR
  2. Membership in a State/Provincial bar.

The applicant for a TN Visa as a Lawyer profession must also provide the additional requirements:

  1. Proof of Canadian citizenship;
  2. A detailed support letter from prospective employer;
  3. Proof of intent to return to his/her permanent residence in Canada at the expiration of the temporary TN Visa stay

If the applicant is able to provide evidence of the requirements enumerated above, he/she may qualify for a TN Visa as a Lawyer.

A qualified Canadian Lawyer can obtain a TN Visa status for a maximum of three years. Any extension of the status may be issued for up to three years provided that the individual continues to comply with the requirements for TN Visa 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.

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