SDE Job Offer for Amazon Seattle - don't meet TN Visa Requirements - Transfer UW credits towards any diploma?
The lawyer told me this late Friday (it’s Sunday now) and I have a call with her Monday at 1pm (she kindly offered her availability), with the Amazon software manager who I would’ve been working under and my HR contact there as optional invitees. Amazon said they don’t care I don’t have the degree and asked me how far I am from completing it. In the meantime, they’d try to find a place for me in Canada and hopefully transfer me over in a year to the States under an L1 Visa, but they’re not sure about immigration requirements either and they didn’t seem confident they could find a place in Canada in the very near future (could be 2 months).
Under TN Visa requirements, “Computer Systems Analysts” need either a bachelor’s degree in CS/Software Engineering OR a 2 year college diploma + 3 years professional experience. The lawyer said I need a bachelor’s (she said a 3 year general degree suffices), but I intend to ask her about the 2 year diploma option, with the hope I can transfer my UW credits to ANY other Canadian or American college/university that will get me that piece of paper ASAP. I’m willing to pay almost any amount of money for a sufficient diploma and am willing to do coursework, but it’d be ideal if I can get the paper ASAP. Additionally, there’s a Scientific Technician/Technologist TN category that doesn’t require a degree, but I believe a Software Development Engineer is difficult to map onto this role.
Does anyone know of/recommend any schools in North America who may be able to help me make this kind of arrangement? Or have any other insight/advice?