international hub: NORTH AMERICA
Within the North America region, Chartered Accountants Worldwide is represented by its partner organisation, the Association of Chartered Accountants in the United States.
Mobility & Opportunities
There are many great reasons to work in the USA or Canada, and many opportunities for Chartered Accountants. Here are some useful links and information to help you in starting to think about working there.
Working in THE UNITED STATES
You must hold a green card, employment authorisation, or work visa, in order to work in the USA. A green card provides the right to live and work permanently in the United States. A work visa such as the H1-B requires you to be hired by an American company and to work for the same employer over a three-year duration.
Below are links to other useful information sources:
- This is an official guide to U.S. Government information and services: https://www.usa.gov/
- You can find more information on immigrant visas for work at the U.S. Department of State website
- Before coming to the USA for work, you will need to apply for and get a visa from the US embassy or consulate in your country, or nation closest to yours. Here is a full directory of US embassies and consular services around the world.
WORK IN CANADA
You must be eligible to work in Canada as a foreigner before seeking employment there. The country is actively seeking foreign professionals, and there is an Express Entry initiative for skilled workers. However, a work permit is needed in most cases. There is a useful outline of employment scenarios that apply in Canada here.
You can find out more about working in Canada at these links
- The Canadian Government portal provides general information about Canada, including a link to job information
- Determine whether you are eligible to work in Canada, find out the steps to follow, and read tips about what to do before applying here: www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/index.asp
- Canada’s Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship ministry has published a workbook for anyone intending to work in Canada: www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/pub/workbook-national.pdf.