Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), qualified Canadian business professionals are able to obtain TN-1 status allowing them to work in the United States for a U.S employer, or, for a Canadian employer with pre-arranged U.S. contracts. There are 63 professions under NAFTA including: accountants, engineers, computer systems analysts, consultants, dentists, teachers, and graphic designers. TN-1 status has many advantages over the H-1B and other visas, as it is not subject to a numerical cap and can be processed in minutes at a qualifying inspection point. Presented by Jeremy Richards, this course provides an overview of the TN visa options available for both employee and employer. Mr. Richards is a partner at Richards & Kruger Immigration Law. His practice is devoted to U.S. immigration law, with a focus on helping businesses and individuals to obtain proper authorization to conduct business within the United States. With offices in Buffalo, NY and Toronto, Canada, Mr. Richards has extensive experience guiding Canadians and their employers through the TN-1 application process.
Mr. Richards has a broad understanding of U.S. Immigration and Nationality Laws and can assist with most U.S. Immigration Law matters. He has successfully handled immigration matters for medical professionals, students, professors, individuals, families, employees, small to large businesses, international corporations, colleges and universities and others.
Mr. Richards worked for the University at Buffalo, home to one of the largest international student/faculty populations in the United States. Because of the association that the University at Buffalo has with several area hospitals, Mr. Richards has worked with hundreds of medical professionals and understands the time sensitive and unique immigration issues that they face during the immigration process.
Additionally, Mr. Richards gained an inside perspective on the government interpretation and enforcement of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act during an externship with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Buffalo, New York.
Prior to attending law school and obtaining his Juris Doctor degree, Mr. Richards spent 9 years in Sales and Operations Management. He has held the title of Vice President of Sales, Operations Manager and Sales Manager. During his career in business, Mr. Richards became intimately familiar with human resource practices and the internal operations of both public and private corporations. Through this experience, Mr. Richards gained valuable skills that enable him to understand the needs of both employee and employer. Mr. Richards understands the often-cumbersome process of obtaining corporate approvals and is an aggressive advocate for his client’s best interest.
Additionally, Mr. Richards is actively involved in the community through: ecclesiastical service, community service, youth sporting programs, The Boy Scouts of America and is an avid outdoorsman. He is an Eagle Scout, served a 2-year mission in Salvador, Brazil for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Proficient in Portuguese) and is the proud father of seven children.
Although Mr. Richards can help with most immigration matters, he focuses his practice on:
Mr. Richards received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Utah Valley University and his Juris Doctor degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Excellent program, better than most.
As in-house counsel to a company that works with and employs Canadian nationals, this was very useful information to know. We usually refer immigration issues to outside counsel, but this is very useful in guiding and supervising their work.
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