[tpm] tn1 visa and remote work?

Dave Doyle dave.s.doyle at gmail.com
Thu Jan 31 12:05:10 PST 2013

I also work via telecommute for an American company.  When I travel down,
it's just for meetings and soon some training, and you're given a "B1" Visa
on the spot.  I carry a letter from the Director of my division for every
trip stating my arrival/departure time and the purpose of my visit.  I'd
been warned that I'm not to do any actual work other than the meetings
while there. :)

I've been held up a border security once, but that was because of my name
not my work.

dave.s.doyle at gmail.com

On 30 January 2013 18:04, Olaf Alders <olaf.alders at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 2013-01-27, at 7:49 PM, Syed Faisal Akber wrote:
> > It depends what you call work in the USA. If it is meetings, then you do
> not need a special Visa to enter the US.
> >
> > However, almost everything else constitutes work and requires a Visa.  I
> hear that an H1 is easier to get than a TN1.  Either way, a proper Visa is
> required.
> >
> > Most people who travel occasionally and have to do work, say that
> they're going for meetings anyways instead of getting a Visa.  If the
> customs officer beleives you, you're in.
> >
> > I would suggest talking to an immigration lawyer to be certain of what
> you can and cannot do. '
> I work via telecommute for an American company.  I had to fly down for
> some meetings in September and the customs official gave me an extremely
> hard time because I didn't have any paperwork from HR stating exactly what
> I would be doing while in the US.  Eventually he let me continue on, but
> for a while it felt like he was going to send me back home.  So, while it
> worked for me to travel without the paperwork, it was a really unpleasant
> experience.
> Olaf
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