Occupational classification: What is an accountant?
What is an accountant?
I think the solution to proper TN processing for many of these types of roles is simply choosing the correct occupational classification. Some individuals attempt an awkward fit by applying for a TN under the economist occupational classification, when in fact they are a perfect fit
under accountant occupational classification. Understanding the different occupational classifications and knowing what each entails can mean the difference between TN approval and TN denial.
The accountant occupational classification is more than just preparing and filing tax returns. It is far more broad and encompasses more roles than many people realize. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) includes several different types of accounting roles, including public accountants, management accountants, internal auditors and even information technology auditors.
Management accountant is a particularly broad role that is an amalgam of accounting, financial analysis and economics. The Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business defines management accounting as:
Are you an economist or an accountant? That can be a surprisingly challenging question to answer for some professionals. It can be equally challenging for an immigration attorney trying to properly evaluate and prepare a TN application. While the economist occupational classification used to be a default strategy for many in the financial and business world, I do not think that was always appropriate. It clearly gave U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) some discomfort, which led to them issue the policy memorandum at the end of 2017 limiting who can qualify for a TN under the economist occupational classification.
This article was originally published by The Lawyer’s Daily (www.thelawyersdaily.ca), part of LexisNexis Canada Inc.
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