TN Visa Approval – Mathematician (Slot Game Designer Job / Engineering Degree)

TN VisaCase Info.
Background:The applicant, a citizen of Canada, had been offered a job as a Slot Game Designer for a global gaming developer. We reviewed the position offered, and although the job title was not entirely indicative of such a role, based on the position’s job duties we believed the position could be classified under the Mathematician TN category. Additionally, while the applicant did not possess a degree in Mathematics, we believed that he still could qualify under the Mathematician TN visa category.
TN Category: Mathematician
Job title / duties:The duties of the Slot Game Designer position involved utilizing math and probability techniques to create math models for the employer’s casino-style slot games played on social media platforms.

As the job title was not indicative of a Mathematician role, in my cover letter to USCBP I described how Mathematicians work on the development of casino games and included extensive career and industry publications to support this claim. I also highlighted that Mathematicians working in this area went by different job titles including Game Designer and similar variations.
Education:The applicant possessed degrees in Electrical Engineering, and had over 12 years of related experience. As with any case where the applicant does not possess a degree directly in the TN occupational category, it was imperative to establish how the applicant qualified under the Mathematician TN visa category.

To establish eligibility, in my cover letter to USCBP I highlighted the applicant's Mathematics coursework completed during his degree programs and included his transcripts in the application. I also included proof of his experience working in the field (i.e. a reference letter from a prior employer). I then supplemented the application with research establishing that a degree in Mathematics was not required for a Mathematician position, and that individuals with degrees in a related field such as Engineering could also qualify.

Filing Process:TN visa status application @ USCBP - Buffalo, NY POE
Processing time: Approved same day filed
Approval period: 3 years