TN Visa: Medical Technologist
Background of TN Visa Category
TN Visa Applicant Requirements
The credentials acceptable for eligibility under the Medical Technologist category remained unchanged following the implementation of NAFTA. To qualify for TN visa status under the occupational category for Medical Technologists, an individual must possess one of the following:
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Licenciatura Degree.
- Post-Secondary Diploma and three years of experience.
- Post Secondary Certificate and three years of experience.
Health Care Worker Certificate (Visa Screen) Requirement
Individuals applying for TN visa status under the Medical Technologists category have to obtain a Health Care Worker (Visa Screen) certificate before they are able to obtain TN visa status. See Health Care Worker Certifications.
TN Visa Job Duties Requirements
In addition to these changes, the legacy INS added a footnote to this category to elaborate on the duties performed in this occupation stating that individuals “[m]ust perform chemical, biological, hematological, immunologic, microscopic and bacteriological tests, procedures, experiments, and analyses in laboratories for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.” 56 FR 11528. The government also “noted that other allied medical professions (primarily technicians of various types)” were still under consideration for addition to the FTA. Id.
In 1992, when the legacy INS announced the formal adoption of the above rule proposals, it clarified that the joint category did not “include other allied medical occupations, such as radiologic technologists, respiratory therapists, and nuclear medicine technologists.” 57 FR 33272 (July 28, 1992). Yet, it again noted that “[t]hese occupations [were] being considered separately for inclusion” in the FTA. Id.
At the same time, the government admitted that the duties for the occupation as originally described in its footnote “could be read in an overly restrictive manner.” 57 FR 33272. As such, it revised the footnote to make it “less restrictive” and to indicate that “although the individual should be qualified to perform all duties of a technologist, he or she may not be doing all those duties in a given job situation.” Id. The duties listed in the footnote were modified to state that individuals “[m]ust be seeking entry to perform, in a laboratory, chemical, biological, hematological, immunologic, microscopic or bacteriological tests and analyses for diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease.” Id.
In 2005, USCIS added in a non-binding memo that Medical Technologists performed “complex biological, chemical, hematological, immunological, microscopic and bacteriological tests for the purpose of diagnosing, preventing, or treatment of disease.” Employer Information Bulletin (March 16, 2005). It also reiterated that the occupation did “not include x-ray, radiological, sonogram, nuclear medical, or dental technicians.”
For additional information on the generally accepted job duties for this occupation, individuals should refer to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH).
Read more about TN visa job duties.
Revised April 10, 2014.