In addition to management consultants, college/university teachers and more, Canadian and Mexican citizens can work as economists in the United States, so long as they obtain a TN visa. The United States already employs nearly sixteen thousand economists, but TN visa holders offer fresh perspectives. But how do Mexican or Canadian economists obtain TN visas? If you are asking yourself that very question, please continue reading, then consult with an immigration lawyer experienced in work visas today. Here are some questions you may have:
How does one obtain a TN visa: Economist?
While the regulations governing TN visa status generally do not provide any guidance on the type of degrees or majors suitable for a TN occupational category, United States immigration services do expect applicants to possess a Bachelor’s (Baccalaureate) degree or Master’s (Licenciatura) degree in one of the following fields:
What are the job duties for a TN visa: Economist holder?
Once again, the TN visa regulations do not specifically define the types of economist positions or job duties that United States immigration services permit under this TN category. However, by looking at the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, one receives more guidance on the generally accepted job duties, including the following:
- Research economic issues
- Conduct surveys and collect data
- Analyze data using mathematical models, statistical techniques and software
- Present research results in reports, tables and charts
- Interpret and forecast market trends
- Advise businesses, governments and individuals on economic topics
- Recommend solutions to economic problems
- Write articles for academic journals and other media
Where might TN category Economists work in the United States?
Economists apply both quantitative and qualitative economic analysis to topics within a variety of fields, including education, health, development and the environment. Some economists study the cost of products, healthcare or energy, while others examine employment levels, business cycles, exchange rates, taxes, inflation or interest rates.
With that in mind, many economists work in federal, state and local governments. Federal government economists collect and analyze data about the United States economy, including employment, prices, productivity and wages, among other types of data. Economists working for corporations help managers and decision-makers understand how the economy will affect their business. Specifically, economists may analyze issues such as consumer demand and sales to help a company maximize its profits. Lastly, economists also work for international organizations, research firms and think tanks, where they study and analyze a variety of of economic issues. Frequently, newspapers and journals publish their analyses and forecasts.
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