TN Visa Approval for Geologist

TN VisaCase Info.
Background:Citizen of Canada.
TN Category:Geologist
Job title / duties:Applicant had an engineering job title, but his duties involved analysis of geologic data to assess pipeline integrity hazards, and developing pipeline integrity assessment programs. The main issue here was establishing that the position fell under an eligible TN occupational category. Based on the position’s job duties and the applicant's credentials, I felt that the Geologist TN category was appropriate. As the position’s title was not entirely indicative of this TN category, we included research to establish that Geologists performed this type of work, and may be referred to as Engineering Geologists.
Education:Bachelor's degree in Physical Geography and Earth Science. As the applicant did not possess a degree exactly in the field, we included research showing that a degree in a Geoscience field was suitable for this occupation.
Filing Process:TN visa status application @ USCBP - Calgary, PFI
Processing time:Approved same day filed
Approval period:3 years

TN Visa Approved for Bioinformatics Associate Position

TN VisaCase Info.
Background:Citizen of Canada.
TN Category:Software Engineer
Job title / duties: Job title = Bioinformatics Associate. Responsible for the analysis, design, development, testing, and maintenance of the software systems that supported the company’s genomic research endeavors. The main issue here was establishing that the position fell under an eligible TN occupational category. Based on the position’s job duties, I felt that the the Software Engineer TN category was appropriate. As the position’s title was not entirely indicative of this TN category, I included research to establish that software engineers developed software and systems for use in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology field.
Education:Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Engineering Science with Electrical and Computer Engineering option.
Filing Process:TN visa status application @ USCBP - Peace Bridge, POE
Processing time:Approved same day filed
Approval period:3 years

Alert: More Technical Problems with Visa Processing

The U.S. Department of State announced on June 12, 2015, that it was again experiencing technical problems with its computer systems, which are delaying the processing of non-immigrant visa applications.

These technical problems are not limited to a particular type of application, and therefore, Mexican citizens seeking TN visa stamps at the U.S. Embassy/Consulates may experience delays of unknown duration in the processing of their applications. Individuals should consider rescheduling their application filings until after the Department of State has fixed this problem.

The technical problems happening at the Department of State should not have any impact on the processing of TN applications filed at the border by Canadian citizens, or on I-129 petitions requesting TN status filed with USCIS on behalf of either Canadian or Mexican citizens.

UPDATE 6/22/2015: The U.S. Department of State has announced that they are still having technical issues with visa applications, but hope to have the system fixed sometime this week.

UPDATE 6/25/2015: As of yesterday, the U.S. Department of State has announced that 73% of the U.S. embassies/consulates are now issuing non-immigrant visas, and that the remaining offices will be ready to do so "in a few days." All posts are conducting interviews. The DOS has a list of all the posts that are issuing visas at the link above. 

UPDATE 6/29/2015: The U.S. Department of State has announced that all of the U.S. embassies/consulates are now online and issuing non-immigrant visas, and that the majority of its backlog has been cleared.