Canadian citizen applying for TN Visa

I received an offer to join a US bank as an analyst (trading) and will need a TN visa to get through the border. I have a bachelor's degree in mathematics (major is math/business administration), so naturally I believe that I should be applying through the Mathematician occupation as the job letter can be reworded to explain my responsibilities specifically touching on things like data analysis to support business decisions, interpreting data/reporting conclusions drawn from mathematical analysis, deciding what data is needed to answer specific questions, etc. The employer's law firm wants to apply through the accountant or economist route, although I have a B.Math. I genuinely feel more confident going down the mathematician route because that's where my degree is in, and I can definitely see a scenario where the border agent says B.Math degree is not the correct educational background for an economist role.

I am aware that post-2017, there have been changes to economist to prevent financial analysts coming in through that occupation, so I think my mathematics bachelor degree gives me a unique advantage.

Really concerned about this and looking for thoughts!

Comments (4)

Nov 30, 2021 - 9:03am

I've wrote about TN Visas quite a lot. My simple recommendation is to listen to the lawyer and iterate if you get rejected. 

If you get rejected you get a few more attempts. Better to listen now, fail, then recalibrate all for the cost of a $50 application at the border. FWIW, in this case the Economist category has a chance whereas accountant has almost a 0% chance. Good luck man!

Just had my trade dispute rejected by Schwab for a loss of 35k. This single issue alone should be a gigantic red flag to anyone who trades on their platform.

If they have a system error, and you do not video record your trading (they actually said this), they will not honour their fuck up. Switching everything away from them. Fuck this company.

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Nov 30, 2021 - 9:08am

Yes listen to your lawyer. FYI I got in on as a management consultant and I have no degree. I just listened to what my lawyer told me to do and have a strong paper trail supporting it.

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Dec 2, 2021 - 8:43am

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