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

Graham D Clark mailgrahamdclark at gmail.com
Thu May 17 20:28:19 EDT 2007

Darran your right, and its not your imagination, it happens.
Its often not easy to 'shoehorn' whatever one does into one of them,
but has to be done usually as few are an exact fit. The closest fit
for most in film animtion and fx is the 'graphic designer' category
and i have had many collegues refused at border for their degree not
specificlly saying graphic design.
Defintiley get a good lawyer to help make your credentials fit the category.
Graham D Clark
Paramount Pictures, Marx Brothers Building, Room 111, 5555 Melrose
Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038
http://www.grahamdclark.com | http://www.linkedin.com/in/grahamclark |

On 5/17/07, 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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