[Sidefx-houdini-list] Canadians working in the US (was: R&DOPENINGS AT LAIKA)

Andrew D Lyons tstexture at gmail.com
Thu May 17 20:23:14 EDT 2007

The word "shoehorn" used by Ammon is very important. Immigration
doesn't really understand the nature of the work we do. I have a PhD
in music Composition, and on my original H1B visa that Digital Domain
organized when they brought me to the USA from Australia I'm described
as a "digital artist". (I've won the diversity greencard lottery since
then.) The important thing is that you have some kind of degree, and
some kind of experience, and perhaps most importantly - some kind of


On 17/05/07, Darran Edmundson <darran at edmstudio.com> wrote:
> Ammon Riley wrote:
> > For a Canadian, this is what matters. The degree has to be in one
> > of the specialties listed by the US Government, but, since there
> > are dozens of specialties listed, it's not hard to shoehorn whatever
> > you do into one of them. The TN visa requirements have "or equivalent"
> > language in them, but it's a bit tougher -- last time I read the rules,
> > that meant 3 years of work experience per year of degree that, so if
> > you don't have that degree, you need twelve (or more) years of work
> > experience before you can get a TN visa.
> Looking at the Wikipedia entry for the TN visa
>      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TN_visa),
> a couple of things strike me.  First, you seemingly apply (and are
> adjudicated) at the border rather than at a local consulate.  I imagine
> the hapless Canadian being summarily rejected at the airport after
> having settled all their affairs in the frozen north.  Second, what if
> your degree isn't in the area of work?  For example, mine is a PhD in
> computational physics, but I'd be applying to do effects work in a film
> studio.  Won't they balk at this?  Since there aren't 4 year degrees in
> visual effects though, and regardless TD isn't on "the list", I'm
> guessing this isn't enforced anywhere near the degree (no pun intended)
> indicated in the Wikipedia article?
> Thanks everyone for your detailed replies.
> Cheers,
> Darran.
> --
> Darran Edmundson [darran at edmstudio.com]
> Interactive visualization for museums and industry
> http://www.edmstudio.com
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