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Q: Can a Canadian citizen independent contractor working for a US company, visit family in the US on a tourist visa?

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Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Traverse City, MI

A: Hopefully your employment for the US company is considered to be engaged, performed and paid in Canada. Otherwise, you may be "working" without permission it the U.S. If you have any doubts as to this, I would recommend consulting with an immigration attorney who handles employment based visas BEFORE you attempt to enter the U.S. as a tourist. If you are sure that you are not "working" in the U.S. then as a Canadian you can enter the U.S. to visit family but be ready to prove to the border officer that you intend to return to Canada after your visit (show that you still have a home, car, job, etc, etc). Best wishes!

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