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PLEASE HELP! Canadian need TN visa to stay in US

Old Aug 9th 2002, 7:09 pm
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Question PLEASE HELP! Canadian need TN visa to stay in US

Hi there,

Here is my story, hopefully someone can help me with this.

I'm a Canadian citizen with engineering degree. My boyfriend got a job in the US and I came with him as part of a roadtrip/help him get settled kind of trip. I was planning on going back home in a few weeks. But now that I'm here, I really would like to stay living with him. Both of us have no plans to obtain citizenship in the US. My problem is I don't currently have a job offer and I read somewhere on this forum that we're not allowed to look for jobs while in the US.

I realize some of these questions have been asked already, but I still don't quite understand the US's immigration policies, so please bear with me.

Is there possibly another way to obtain a TN visa?
The job I get has to be an engineering related field?
How much does the company have to pay for sponsorship? it is >$4000 listed on the grasmick website? I was thinking if I can say on my resume that they can take the cost out of my salary. Yes, I know I sound desperate...but only for the person I love.
If I don't get a job offer and don't plan on working, is it still OK for me to live here? ie do I have to leave after a certain period of time?
Can I obtain a Social Security Number?
Can I get a bank account?
If all else fails I was hoping to get hired as an independence contractor, that's legal right??

Thanks in advance to all who replies.

Claire
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Old Aug 9th 2002, 11:22 pm
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clairet wrote:
    > Hi there,
    > Here is my story, hopefully someone can help me with this.

My problem is I don't
    > currently have a job offer and I read somewhere on this forum that we're not
    > allowed to look for jobs while in the US.

Well ... that's not totally true that you can't look for jobs in the US ... what is
true is that an officer probably won't let you in if you indicate or have other
things that show you'll be looking for jobs in the US on the grounds that you're
demonstrating immigrant intent.

    > Is there possibly another way to obtain a TN visa?

What do you mean by "another way"? You get a TN by getting a job and have the
company write a petition letter to the INS. The job must fit the categories on the
NAFTA TN list in terms of a related title and duties. Your education must meet the
minimum requirements and must be closely related to the TN category. The letter must
describe that they want to employ you for a year (the employer should understand that
it is extendable, so you can work for more than a year in reality). You get the TN
at a US port of entry, *on entry into the USA*. You can't go to say Denver airport
while you're in Denver ... you need to leave the US and return.

    > The job I get has to be an engineering related field?

As above ... related to your degree.

    > How much does the company have to pay for sponsorship? it is >$4000 listed on
    > the grasmick website? I was thinking if I can say on my resume that they can take
    > the cost out of my salary. Yes, I know I sound desperate...but only for the
    > person I love.

The TN costs US$50 or US$56 (air or land port). The $4000 is if you need
lawyer representation. Most TN applicants don't ... but some do, or their
employers want it.

    > If I don't get a job offer and don't plan on working, is it still OK for me to live
    > here? ie do I have to leave after a certain period of time?

You must leave within 6 months of your date of entry, and you're unlikely to be
allowed back in as a visitor.

    > Can I obtain a Social Security Number?

With a TN, yes ... without, no.

    > Can I get a bank account?

With a TN and SSN, yes ... without, not likely.

    > If all else fails I was hoping to get hired as an independence contractor, that's
    > legal right??

No, it's not legal at all ... you still must meet the requirements for a work status
... be it H1B, TN ... and you can't work for yourself.

Stuart
 
Old Aug 10th 2002, 12:35 am
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    > > Can I get a bank account?
    > With a TN and SSN, yes ... without, not likely.

I don't have a social security number and I was able to easily get 2 bank
accounts here.

Mel.
 
Old Aug 10th 2002, 4:06 am
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There aren't enough technical or other jobs for US citizens, far less for foreigners.
The economy in the USA is really really bad now, and you can thank the CEO's who
embezzled billions out of enron and worldcom for that.

Looking for a job here, especially as a foreigner, is not going to land you much
success. Sorry.




clairet <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:<[email protected]>...
    > Hi there,
    > Here is my story, hopefully someone can help me with this.
    > I'm a Canadian citizen with engineering degree. My boyfriend got a job in the US
    > and I came with him as part of a roadtrip/help him get settled kind of trip. I was
    > planning on going back home in a few weeks. But now that I'm here, I really would
    > like to stay living with him. Both of us have no plans to obtain citizenship in
    > the US. My problem is I don't currently have a job offer and I read somewhere on
    > this forum that we're not allowed to look for jobs while in the US.
    > I realize some of these questions have been asked already, but I still don't quite
    > understand the US's immigration policies, so please bear with me.
    > Is there possibly another way to obtain a TN visa? The job I get has to be an
    > engineering related field? How much does the company have to pay for sponsorship?
    > it is >$4000 listed on the grasmick website? I was thinking if I can say on my
    > resume that they can take the cost out of my salary. Yes, I know I sound
    > desperate...but only for the person I love. If I don't get a job offer and don't
    > plan on working, is it still OK for me to live here? ie do I have to leave after a
    > certain period of time? Can I obtain a Social Security Number? Can I get a bank
    > account? If all else fails I was hoping to get hired as an independence contractor,
    > that's legal right??
    > Thanks in advance to all who replies.
    > Claire
 
Old Aug 10th 2002, 12:36 pm
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Melinda Mackenzie wrote:
    > > > Can I get a bank account?
    > >
    > > With a TN and SSN, yes ... without, not likely.
    > I don't have a social security number and I was able to easily get 2 bank
    > accounts here.
    > Mel.

In some areas, banks are quite reluctant to open accounts without SSNs ... even with
an ITIN they ofte refuse ... Much depends on where you are.
 
Old Aug 10th 2002, 5:09 pm
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Stuart Brook <[email protected] > wrote in message
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    > > Can I get a bank account?
    > With a TN and SSN, yes ... without, not likely.

You can open a bank account without a SSN. You just have to obtain a Tax ID number
from IRS to do so.
 
Old Aug 10th 2002, 6:29 pm
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James Donovan wrote:
    > Stuart Brook <[email protected] > wrote in message
    > news:<[email protected] da.ca>...
    > > > Can I get a bank account?
    > >
    > > With a TN and SSN, yes ... without, not likely.
    > You can open a bank account without a SSN. You just have to obtain a Tax ID number
    > from IRS to do so.

As I indicated in another posting, some banks are so poorly informed that the
idea of anyone without an SSN is enough to send them into a tailspin, and if they
meet anything that they don't understand immediately, they take the easy way out
- "denied".

Stuart
 
Old Aug 12th 2002, 9:05 pm
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Thanks to everyone who's replied.

I guess it doesn't hurt to try to get a bank account and see which bank will allow application w/o SSN. Just thought it might be easier for me to withdraw funds here...I'll try Bank of America first, then Wells Fargo. If it doesn't work, that's ok. I'm still hopeful that I'll find a suitable job here.

Claire~

Originally posted by Stuart Brook:
James Donovan wrote:
    > Stuart Brook <[email protected] > wrote in message
    > news:<[email protected] da.ca>...
    > > > Can I get a bank account?
    > >
    > > With a TN and SSN, yes ... without, not likely.
    > You can open a bank account without a SSN. You just have to obtain a Tax ID number
    > from IRS to do so.

As I indicated in another posting, some banks are so poorly informed that the
idea of anyone without an SSN is enough to send them into a tailspin, and if they
meet anything that they don't understand immediately, they take the easy way out
- "denied".

Stuart
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Old Aug 14th 2002, 6:46 am
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Don't believe this fellow... just look at his past posts:

From: James Donovan ([email protected]) Subject: Re: AMERICA IS MAKING YET
ANOTHER MISTAKE !!!! Newsgroups: misc.immigration.usa View: Complete Thread (3
articles) | Original Format Date: 2001-09-15 16:11:03 PST I say BOMB Afghanistan
first, then bomb everywhere else. Use the nukes that we had facing russia. Leave a
huge crater where the Arab world was. We have to face the raw and hard truth that we
have absolutely NO arab allies at ALL, and never will. These people are only loyal
to Allah. No one else.

From: James Donovan ([email protected]) Subject: Re: Immigration's threat to
America's future Newsgroups: misc.immigration.usa View: Complete Thread (31 articles)
    | Original Format Date: 2001-09-02 11:37:32 PST Protest against bilingual education
in public schools. That makes it harder for them to adjust here. The worst thing is
being alienated in the country you want to live in. Eventually they'll get the
message and go home.

From: James Donovan ([email protected]) Subject: Re: Six months after Sept.
11, hijackers' visa approval letters received Newsgroups: alt.computer.consultants,
misc.immigration.usa, alt.politics.immigration View: Complete Thread (69 articles) |
Original Format Date: 2002-03-15 19:37:41 PST I want you to see what will happen when
bush gives all those mexicans
245(i) amnesty. JUst watch and see. No one will be picking lettuce for less than
minimum wage. Most will demand more. As a matter of fact they won't want to
pick lettuce, pack meat, clean houses or do anything anymore. The mexicans
will multiply like rabbits, naturalize and become US citizens, become
unemployed and collect welfare. That's right. And there is nothing you can
do about it.

Search Result 11 From: James Donovan ([email protected]) Subject: Re:
TODAY'S INS HEADLINES Newsgroups: misc.immigration.usa View: Complete Thread (4
articles) | Original Format Date: 2002-03-14 00:43:40 PST
245(j) is no reason to celebrate. It simply means that the already backlogged INS
is getting tons more workload to deal with when the Mexican wetbacks decide
that they want to stop picking lettuce, become American Citizens and live
off welfare.

From: James Donovan ([email protected]) Subject: Re: H1-B adequate
enforcement requires higher fees Newsgroups: alt.computer.consultants View:
Complete Thread (31 articles) | Original Format Date: 2002-02-09 13:13:26 PST Maybe
if we didn't import Irish white people like you Americans won't have been so dumb.
"James Donovan" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
e.com
...
    > There aren't enough technical or other jobs for US citizens, far less for
    > foreigners. The economy in the USA is really really bad now, and you can thank the
    > CEO's who embezzled billions out of enron and worldcom for that.
    > Looking for a job here, especially as a foreigner, is not going to land you much
    > success. Sorry.
    > clairet <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:<[email protected]>...
    > > Hi there,
    > >
    > > Here is my story, hopefully someone can help me with this.
    > >
    > > I'm a Canadian citizen with engineering degree. My boyfriend got a job in the
    > > US and I came with him as part of a roadtrip/help him get settled kind of trip.
    > > I was planning on going back home in a few weeks. But now that I'm here, I
    > > really would like to stay living with him. Both of us have no plans to obtain
    > > citizenship in the US. My problem is I don't currently have a job offer and I
    > > read somewhere on this forum that we're not allowed to look for jobs while in
    > > the US.
    > >
    > > I realize some of these questions have been asked already, but I still don't
    > > quite understand the US's immigration policies, so please bear with me.
    > >
    > > Is there possibly another way to obtain a TN visa? The job I get has to be an
    > > engineering related field? How much does the company have to pay for sponsorship?
    > > it is >$4000 listed on the grasmick website? I was thinking if I can say on my
    > > resume that they can take the cost out of my salary. Yes, I know I sound
    > > desperate...but only for the person I love. If I don't get a job offer and don't
    > > plan on working, is it still OK for me to live here? ie do I have to leave after
    > > a certain period of time? Can I obtain a Social Security Number? Can I get a bank
    > > account? If all else fails I was hoping to get hired as an independence
    > > contractor, that's legal right??
    > >
    > > Thanks in advance to all who replies.
    > >
    > > Claire




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