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Old 03-07-2017, 12:42 AM
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Hi. I am a 4th undergraduate student in Canada. I am just wondering how much of a competitive candidate I am as a graduate in Canadian university. I have passed 3 exams, no related experiences, will be around GPA of 3.3 when I graduate. I am planning to write all 5 preliminary exams and hopefully get a internship before I graduate in Canada. I am also willing to travel to US, anywhere for an internship or full time offer. Having 0 experience and not really competitive GPA really scares me. The reason that I couldn't apply for internships in US before is that I didn't have my Canadian citizenship back then. I will be appreciative to any advices or honest feedbacks. Thanks!
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Hi. I am a 4th undergraduate student in Canada. I am just wondering how much of a competitive candidate I am as a graduate in Canadian university. I have passed 3 exams, no related experiences, will be around GPA of 3.3 when I graduate. I am planning to write all 5 preliminary exams and hopefully get a internship before I graduate in Canada. I am also willing to travel to US, anywhere for an internship or full time offer. Having 0 experience and not really competitive GPA really scares me. The reason that I couldn't apply for internships in US before is that I didn't have my Canadian citizenship back then. I will be appreciative to any advices or honest feedbacks. Thanks!
If you're not a US citizen, you might also need sponsorship to get a work visa. I'm not up on the details on whether actuaries are eligible for TN-1 visas (we're not explicitly on the last list I saw, though "mathematician" requiring only a bachelor's degree is, so there may be a way around that).

For an H-1B, you'd need sponsorship. If you have specialized skills and you can get hired by a company with both Canadian and American branches (like a large consulting firm), you might transfer to the US branch with an L-1B visa.
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If you're not a US citizen, you might also need sponsorship to get a work visa. I'm not up on the details on whether actuaries are eligible for TN-1 visas (we're not explicitly on the last list I saw, though "mathematician" requiring only a bachelor's degree is, so there may be a way around that).

For an H-1B, you'd need sponsorship. If you have specialized skills and you can get hired by a company with both Canadian and American branches (like a large consulting firm), you might transfer to the US branch with an L-1B visa.
Canadian citizens are eligible for TN. All the companies I had worked for in the past had a lot of Canadian actuaries on TN visa. I heard some Milliman's offices are almost all Canadians (Waterloo graduates). But if you don't have Canadian citizenship, just forget about it until you do - However, with Trump trying to get rid of NAFTA, having Canadian citizen may not help when that time comes
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