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Hi All,

I have a question about a work visa for a Canadian citizen. I was invited to do an assignment to review a foreign (Turkic) language test material for quality control at a language institute in California. They assignment is only for 3 days and there is compensation for the services.

Last time I went to the similar assignment I was told at the secondary inspection by a CBP officer that I can't go on a B1 visa since it is there is compensation involved.

Since the assignment is only for 3 days, what type of work visa can I qualify for? Will TN work for 3 days? I called the POE at Toronto and left a message. I haven't heard from them yet.

Thank you!

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The company that hired you for 3 days, what does their lawyer say?

good luck

edit to add: What occupation would you qualify for? Interpreter or translator is not listed and you do not seem to qualify for 'instructor'


Edited by canadian_wife

August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2

February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete

May 4, 2009

May, 26, 2009

POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011


April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony


September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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the institute of part of the us government and they told me before that B1/B2 visa would work. I tried that route but I was warned by the CBP that I needed a work visa.

I am a language instructor as well but this work is very unique and does not fall into NAFTA categories unfortunately. So confusing. I guess I have to get a green card and move to the US. Luckily I won a DV lottery so I will be able to do it next year...

Thank you for your reply!

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