Can a Librarian Obtain a TN Visa?

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Despite the fact that we live in a time where we all have access to virtual libraries and online sources of information, such as Wikipedia, there are still many people who either prefer the library or use it as their primary source of information out of necessity. If you are a foreign national from Mexico or Canada who is looking to secure employment as a librarian here in the United States, you will most likely first have to obtain a TN visa. Read on and reach out to our seasoned New York work visa lawyers to learn more about how we can help you through the process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What qualifications does a librarian need to get a TN visa in the United States?

As with most jobs, those looking to become librarians through TN visas will have to meet certain requirements. To get a TN visa as a librarian in the United States, you’ll either need an M.L.S. (a master’s degree in library science) from an American Library Association accredited program (which can be found in the United States, Canada, and Mexico), or a B.L.S. (for which another Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree was a prerequisite).

What does a librarian do on a day-to-day basis?

Librarians have a wide array of responsibilities, and though these responsibilities vary from library to library, some of the most common responsibilities librarians must carry out are as follows:

  • Ordering books from publishers
  • Organizing book displays
  • Locating books and other materials for those visiting the library
  • Hiring employees
  • Processing late fees
  • Increasing library awareness in the community

Generally, a good librarian is meticulous, good with time and project management, and, of course, has a passion for the written word.

Can librarians only work in public libraries?

Though most librarians do work in public libraries, this isn’t always the case. For example, you can become a school librarian (though you will have to meet certain state teaching requirements). You may also get a job as a librarian at a college or university, a museum, a hospital, or another type of business.

It is also worth noting that librarians can go on to put forth their knowledge to a wide range of other occupations, including archivists, library product managers, curators of oral history, communications specialists, document/data control analysts, and more.

If you have any additional questions about becoming a librarian through a TN visa here in the United States, or you’d like assistance with preparing your application and guiding you through the process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Lightman Law Firm today.