TN Visa / degree not com sci

New / Eng bbdyh
Aug 21 11 Comments

I'm a Canadian citizen from canada. Just got hired by an american company, I will be going to work in SF and will be on TN Visa.

My question is if my University degree ( I have undergrad degree) is not in computer science or engineering but I'm going to be hired as a software engineer will there be any issues with the TN Visa?

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  • Broadcom Ltd. / Eng
    headbanger

    Broadcom Ltd. Eng

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    Intel, Broadcom Ltd.
    headbangermore
    Yes the degree matters for TN. The current crackdown on H1B which they call it “speciality occupation” has been enforced for TN since NAFTA was born. You can’t have a mechanical engineering degree and then try to get a TN for a software engineer position. In rare cases, if you bring your transcripts and prove you’ve had lots of CS courses in it, then the officer may issue the TN.
    Aug 24 2
  • Microsoft gogolang
    Make sure your company lawyer coaches you what to say at the border.
    Aug 21 0
  • Facebook dhejwi
    You could have problems even with a CS degree, so it all just depends on how the border officer is feeling that day
    Aug 21 2
    • Expedia Group / Eng interviewm
      Such as?
      Aug 21
    • NVIDIA tjdq85
      Software developer is not a TN approved occupation. You have to convince them that you are doing Software Engineering... The lawyers should coach on what to say/not say.
      Aug 21
  • Google nanithefu
    Yes they do care. Depending on your degree it might be good to go for computer systems analyst job family
    Aug 21 1
    • New / Eng bbdyh
      OP
      If we go with Computer Systems Analyst can the job title still be Software Engineer?
      Aug 21
  • New / Eng bbdyh
    OP
    They can coach me as to what to say however, I wonder if they care about the designation of the degree also?
    Aug 21 1
    • Microsoft gogolang
      Ask the company lawyer.
      Aug 21