On Monday, December 18th, USCIS issued new guidance relating to the TN category for Economists which greatly reduce its applicability to qualifying Economist roles.
Foreign nationals working in financial analyst, market research analyst, or marketing specialist occupations have often been able to legally obtain TN status in the Economist category if they could show that they have a degree in Economics and rely on their economics education to perform the role. Under the new guidance, however, USCIS is now restricting this category to individuals doing pure economic analysis, such as people doing economic research or teaching economics. This new guidance will be applied immediately, and will apply to petitions to obtain TN status in the Economist category at USCIS, CBP, or at a U.S. Consulate abroad. Further, people who already hold TN status in the Economist category and who are traveling abroad and returning to the U.S. may experience difficulties re-entering the U.S. Individuals with approved TN status in the Economist category will need to be prepared to demonstrate that their role meets the revised definition, and should consider whether it is advisable to travel internationally at this time.
If you have questions about the new restriction to the TN Economist category, please contact SPS Immigration PLLC.