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canada to usa and working

Old Jan 14th 2003, 2:40 pm
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Hi all

I'm asking this question for a friend, her boyfriend is living in Canada and shes in NY state. They would like the chance to live together before deciding on marriage and have been looking into him living with her and working in the US.
My question is can he work in the US without a work visa ? and if so how long for?

Thanks in advance

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Old Jan 16th 2003, 6:59 am
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Hello

I am an Immigration Attorney. Your friend's boyfriend cannot work in the US without a proper nonimmigrant classification which permits employment in the U.S.

Depending on his occupation he may be able to qualify for a TN (NAFTA), or H-1B classification or L-1 classification if he works for a multinational corporation or company with offices in both Canada and the U.S.

However, if he indicates that he is coming to work in the U.S., the INS officers at the border or airport may deny him admission into the U.S. Many Canadians forget that their easy access to and from the US, i.e., no visa requirement, is based on the premise that they are just entering for a short visit. All bets are off if there is any indication that a Canadian intends to work in the U.S.

Please feel free to pass along my contact information if they wish to explore other options, as well as the options outlined above.
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