visas to the US for Canadians

I'd like to land an S&T or research gig in NYC next summer and would appreciate insight on how the whole Visa process works, specifically for Canadians (assuming NAFTA makes it a bit easier). As I understand, I'd need an H-1B Visa and they're not too hard to get, but could someone please confirm this? Also, do I apply myself and, if so, how many weeks/months prior to the job?

Overall, is this a really burdensome process for banks or are visas usually not much of an issue as long as you're qualified? I'm kinda worried here..

Thank you; any help is appreciated

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Apr 9, 2013 - 2:00am

if you're an engineer then its easy - TN is the way to go. all you need is an offer of employment letter. not sure about S&T spots though. check nafta for other "professional" classifications -> google bud.

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Apr 9, 2013 - 2:41am

If the company is willing to sponsor you, you can also go on a J-1 training visa (especially if it's just for the summer). Some BBs hire Canadians regularly so it's not much of an issue, but I know of at least one bank that doesn't hire Canadians because of the whole visa process.

Your school/bank might have a system where they help you apply for the visa, but otherwise you'll have to apply on your own. I think you need a letter of employment to get your visa though (1-2 months before the start date is enough time to get your visa).

Apr 9, 2013 - 5:12pm

Visa Question - Canadian Working Summer in NY (Originally Posted: 02/26/2009)

Hi Everyone,

I was wondering if anyone was familiar with the rules regarding Canadian citizens going to school in Canada working in the US. What sort of visa is required? I've heard that correct?

Thanks for your help!

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