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brownpride
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BigLaw as a Canadian

Postby brownpride » Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:40 pm

I'm a Canadian starting at HLS in the fall. I'm wondering if there are any obstacles to getting BigLaw - will a firm have any preference for an American over a Canadian? Will it be willing to sponsor a Canadian to stay in the US? Thanks for any advice.

M458
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Re: BigLaw as a Canadian

Postby M458 » Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:35 pm

brownpride wrote:I'm a Canadian starting at HLS in the fall. I'm wondering if there are any obstacles to getting BigLaw - will a firm have any preference for an American over a Canadian? Will it be willing to sponsor a Canadian to stay in the US? Thanks for any advice.


Also a 0L, so take this with a grain of salt, but I believe you do have a leg-up on other Internationals, as you're eligible for a TN (NAFTA professional worker) visa which is much easier, quicker, and substantially cheaper than an H1-B to process and "sponsor" for firms.

bdubs
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Re: BigLaw as a Canadian

Postby bdubs » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:00 pm

I doubt that you will have any issues coming from HLS as a Canadian. The TN visa should help but I think US perceptions of Canadians is also fundamentally different from most other immigrants (for better or worse).




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