Attracting and Retaining Top Agribusiness Talent: Current U.S. Immigration Options - TN

February 20, 2015 by Jenifer M. Brown, Partner
Ice Miller can help innovators overcome critical challenges to grow successful agribusinesses. Learn more about the unique business and legal challenges facing food and agricultural innovators and how to protect and grow that innovation in our 2015 Agribusiness Guide. An excerpt follows:

TN (Designated Canadian and Mexican Professionals): The North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) provides a unique visa category for certain Canadian and Mexican professionals. Although limited to Canadian and Mexican nationals, TN status under NAFTA is similar to H-1B status in requiring professional level activities. However, TN status is not subject to the quota limitation for H-1B visas, nor are individuals subject to a maximum 6 year limit on admissibility in this status. It is available only to certain designated occupations such as systems analysts, engineers, management consultants, research assistants and scientists, including agriculturists, animal breeders, animal scientists, biochemists, chemists, dairy scientists, geneticists, horticulturists, pharmacologists, plant breeders, plant pathologists, poultry scientists and soil scientists.

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