How Visas work for Canadians


I'm currently a Canadian student with hopes of getting into a target school in the US and immigrate there in a couple years. I'm not an American citizen so I was wondering how this process works for me.

Most people say the H-1B Visa is usually how people get a job at most banks but now the process for H-1Bs has been made stricter with the base salary having to be 130k which I don't think any banks will give as a first year analyst. I've also read about a TN Visa which is for Canadian and Mexican citizens only. I've heard that this is only for working if with no intent to immigrate. I also don't know how long NAFTA will last with Trump's plans of leaving.

How would a Canadian get into an American bank if educated in American target or a Canadian school like Ivey/Queens?
Thanks in advance.

(I know the changes to H1B happened like half a year ago, excuse my ignorance in American politics and visas)


Comments (18)

Aug 25, 2017 - 8:09pm

If you study in the US, you'll be able to work there for a couple of years without it being an issue.

Pretty sure the TN Visa is here to stay, and that those H1-B limitations have not been put into place.

Aug 25, 2017 - 10:06pm

Thought Canada was a paradise with the almighty Trudeau leading it, why the USA?

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Jan 14, 2018 - 11:16pm

Trudeau is a pussy. Turns out Canadians are now apologizing to every single fucking individual on earth just because of our existence.
Yes, Canada is the holy grail of human rights... but fuck that, I want to be an investment banker, not the Dalai Lama.

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Jan 14, 2018 - 11:17pm

Canadian (TN) Visa - How to Explain to Interviewer (Originally Posted: 12/30/2016)

I am a Canadian and I have an upcoming interview with an US investment bank. How do I explain to them the Visa process for Canadians. For Canadian and Mexican citizen, we can work for 3 years under a TN Visa in the United States, which does not have a waiting period or require a petition from the employer, and can be applied for at the border with a job letter. This is different from an H1B1 Visa application process. Has anyone had any experience explaining this to a job interviewer? I can understand their hesitation of hiring a non-citizen.

Jan 14, 2018 - 11:18pm

I'm currently working full-time in the US under a TN. If the bank is large enough or has hired Canadians in the past, their HR team will be familiar with the TN application process. I would say exactly what you detailed above if asked during the interview (can even leave out the H1B part).

This shouldn't be a huge issue as they obviously recognize you're from Canada and will likely presume you aren't a US citizen. Feel free to PM me.

Jan 14, 2018 - 11:20pm

Do Canadian Full Time Analyst need any special work permit/ visa during training in New York (6 weeks of training) (Originally Posted: 05/08/2011)

I am a Canadian Full-Time Analyst that will be training in New York for 6 weeks. I will return to Canada afterward. I was wondering whether any of you would know what type of work permits/ Visa/ or TN Visas I would need?


Jan 14, 2018 - 11:29pm

My bank is a US BB, but I'm employed in Canada (paid in CAD).

I did ask them, I am still waiting for the reply. I followed up a few times, still no answer. So I figure I will ask you guys here.

So do I need a TN Visa?

If you are only there for 6 wks, I don't think so. But again, a US BB would most likely handle this for you. I would sit tight and wait for a response. When I worked in the US, the bank handled the TN Visa, but it took them awhile to get everything settled (I don't think I got all the documentation till June...) If they weren't going to help you with it, they would have given all the hires some warning early on

Jan 14, 2018 - 11:30pm

Hey thanks for the reply guys. I finally heard back from them. Just for reference if any one is wondering, a Canadian analyst would be entering as a business visitor since you are going there for training only. You would need letters from both sides of your bank (US & Canada) to prove your business visit. Also, an itinerary, like your flight ticket, to show you're heading back to Canada. Next, you need your latest pay stubs and a business card of your own to show you work for the company. Let HR know this, and they should prepare the business letters for you.

Jan 14, 2018 - 11:31pm
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