As a Canadian working remotely from home, are you able to attend meetings in the United States?
The general answer is yes. You are allowed to attend meetings (temporary) throughout the year without having to apply for a TN visa. Therefore, a Canadian is allowed to cross the border on behalf of their Canadian employer as long as they are not performing any services to a client while in the U.S. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has provided the following list of allowed business activities.
· Consulting with business associates
· Traveling for a scientific, educational, professional or business convention, or a conference on specific dates
· Settling an estate
· Negotiating a contract
· Participating in short-term training
· Transiting through the United States: certain persons may transit the United States with a B-1 visa
· Deadheading: certain air crewmen may enter the United States as deadhead crew with a B-1 visa
Upon entering the U.S. (at border crossing), you may be required to prove that you are not intending to emigrate and this can be done by demonstrating the following:
· That the purpose of your trip is to enter the United States temporarily for business or pleasure;
· That you plan to remain for a specific, limited period;
· Evidence of funds to cover expenses in the United States;
· That you have a residence outside the United States as well as other binding ties that will ensure your departure from the United States at the end of the visit.
How can a Professional Employment Organization such as JobArc help?
By working for JobArc, you will be a legitimate Canadian employee travelling to the U.S. on behalf of your Canadian employer. This will help demonstrate that you are in fact only visiting the U.S. temporarily to attend meetings and in general will reduce common issues faced at the border by remote workers.
US CIS – B1 Temporary Business Visitor
US State Department – B1 Visa Flyer