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Hello, I had a TN visa from July August 1, 2012 to July

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I had a TN visa from July August 1, 2012 to July 31st, 2013. Along with this TN visa I have a SSN with a DHS authorization that I got since I was studying my masters degree in Brooklyn, NY in 2010-2011. I left the United States on July 30th so that way I was following the rules of my visa expiration and now I am in Mexico.

On July 17th, 2013, I had a job interview with a city agency in New York City. And this past August 9th,2013 they called me to offer me the job. Since I already knew how to do the TN Visa process, I explained to them that I will need a letter of employment to change my visa status. However, the Senior Personal Liaison told me that first, I need to fill a package of forms in order for them to give me the letter of employment. This package is filling the forms of:
- I-9
- Work permit visa

The first question on the CPD-B form is: if I can legally work in the United States. The person from the agency said that they will not give me any letter until I fill and release those forms. But if I fill them out first, I do not know if I should put I am legally allow to work in the US because I can not explain about the TN visa process.

In a way I am in between two processes: one is from the US consulate that states that I should provide a letter of employment for me to get a work permit and the other process is the other way around, from the city agency, which I need to provide a work permit for me to get a letter of employment.

What should I do?

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Did you explain to the HR person that in order to be able to have authority to work, you need the letter and until that, you cannot honestly answer YES to that question? If so, did you ask them if it was a problem to answer YES because you will have that authorization soon? If not, would it be possible for them to write a letter of an OFFER of employment that may be enough for the TN?

Cliente: escribió hace 4 años.

This is what I wrote to her:


Attached you'll my Social Security card. This card proves that I can legally work in the US. In order for me to re-enter to the United states as a worker (as opposed to a tourist), I need to update my visa to a temporary working visa that is available to me as a NAFTA Professional Worker. This visa is referred to as a "TN visa" which I can obtain by having a letter of employment as we have discussed. I also attached my previous TN visa for you to look at. I have participated in the NAFTA Professional Worker program in my past job in New York city and I am very familiar with the specifics with the program.

With my social security card it is my intention to prove I am legally allowed to work in the United States and fulfill the requirements of your agency. Your letter of employment will help me fulfill the requirements for the NAFTA program.

I just asked her about answering Yes to the question. And I did asked about if they can just give a letter for the TN but she said that her superior is not going to sign anything. And because this is a city agency they have never done this before and will not do this for me. I am also dealing with the fact that she is not in charge, because she always says that she will asked her superior about it, so I really do not know if there is any info missing in the conversation.

Can you ask if they can sign an OFFER of employment contingent upon work visa approval? This may satisfy them and the TN requirements.
Hello. Have you been able to request that from your potential employer?
Cliente: escribió hace 4 años.

I am sorry for the delay. I had personal problems. I have not hear anything from them yet. I will call them today to see if I still have a chance for the job. and I will ask them for the letter as you told me.


I am assuming that because I have not hear from them my possibilities are diminishing.

No problem. Keep after them and let's be hopeful. I will be here.

Cliente: escribió hace 4 años.



Well yesterday I talked to the senior personnel liaison and she told me that they were no longer considering me for this position, and had no explanation about their decision. It is sad since I was the one that was trying to get in touch with her since a week a go. Then, she told me to call, what I think is a lawyer in the company, and she only said that they are having problems with the budget. Everything sounds so strange and it looks like they just wanted to stop dealing with me, since every time that I talked to them where always rushing and not able to talk to me.


Well I guess that is that. thank you for the help and hopefully I will not encounter any like this issue again

Well, I'd like to answer any questions that you may have about the process so that in the future you do not run into the same problems. Is there anything that I can answer for you? Or would you like a refund?
Cliente: escribió hace 4 años.

I already had the TN visa before so I have done the process. Maybe you can advise me on how to explain this change of visa to make it look as simple and easy and that is not something that the employer needs to do (since they only give a letter). Or when you read some of the emails that I sent, do you think they are perceived complicated?.


Also, should I keep applying for jobs in the same company? or in government companies? or do you think this will be a waste of time?

You have done a change of status to TN inside of the U.S. or you normally do the consular processing? And really the only hold up with this last case was because they did not want to give you an offer of employment letter?
Cliente: escribió hace 4 años.

Yes, my last employer provided me with a letter and I came to mexico, make an appointment and got it. And yes this time apparently when I asked them about the letter they just told me that they do not do this. And now they say that they have budget problems, which sounds not true since they were the ones that contacted me on August 4 and after all emails they never mentioned anything about budget.

Well, I don't think the problem is you. I think that the problem was that they just don't have experience with the TN. They don't realize that an offer of employment does not have to be a firm offer where they will be locked into giving you a job. It can be a conditional offer of employment. I think they believed that if they issued you that letter, it would be a binding contract with them. The TN isn't even an expensive visa to process unless the H-1B. So I don't think it has to do with the fees. The only other thing I can think of is that they may not have been able to pay you the correct salary as required by law and they wanted to back out of it which is ok. It's a pain for you, but they are allowed to do that. In the future, you just have to be careful and explain the the employer that all you need is an offer of employment letter that can be conditional and not necessarily legally binding on them. That way they shouldn't be scared off.

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Cliente: escribió hace 4 años.

Hello again,


I am now again talking with another employer about the letter of employment. This time though is a lot easier. The company is small and private and the founder told me that they did the same with a Canadian citizen.


Now, I just want to make sure that the letter has all details. I understand that my profession as architect is listed in the NAFTA agreement and I need to prove my qualifications for this job. My undergrad is in Architecture and my diploma says architect so I am listing that profession in the letter. However, my employer asked me if it was ok if He writes planner instead, which I do have the studies but my undergrad diploma and grad diploma do not say I am a planner, both studies have planning involve that can be seen in the transcripts but since the diploma doesn't say that I do not want the US consulate person to reject my visa because of this.


Also, this position is part time and is going to pay the Stipend pay based on minimum wage/hr, which as I understand is ok but I know that the HB1 has a requirement to pay the average salary for this



Well then I will wait for your feedback



Part-time is fine. No issue there. But I would be careful in putting planner. The economy is bad in the U.S. at the moment and USCIS will look for anything they can find to deny your work visa because they would rather see that job go to a U.S. worker. So they should put architect and it is ok to list planner in the duties. You can sign an employment contract later with your employer after you get approval for the TN so that your employer feels better about it and the employment contract can specify your main duties as planner.