On Dec 20 2017 by Michele G. Madera
CLIENT ALERT: TN Eligibility for Economists
USCIS announced that it is “clarifying”— that is, restricting — the definition of which employees with Economics degrees can use the TN category of Economist.
The new guidance defines Economists as engaging primarily in activities consistent with the profession of an economist – conducting research, preparing reports, and/or formulating plans to address economics problems, or monetary and fiscal policy. The guidance specifically calls out other occupations related to economics — such as financial analysts, marketing analysts, and market research analysts – as no longer eligible for the TN classification of Economist.
Previously, the occupation of Economist had not been narrowly defined for purposes of the TN. Professionals who use their Economics degrees in a variety of financial, analytical, and business informatics positions have successfully entered the United States in TN status.
Because of this change, international travel over the holiday season for people holding TN status under the Economist category is risky. If you have any questions regarding this new policy or upcoming travel, please contact your Klasko attorney.
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