The work of an Agriculturist plays a very important role in maintaining the food supply of the country by ensuring food safety and agricultural productivity. Agriculturists study farm animals and crops and they develop methods to improve both their quality and quantity including crop yield, pest and weed control, and conservation of soil and water. They also try to find ways to convert raw agricultural commodities into healthy food products for the consumers.
An Agronomist studies the chemical composition of plants, water and soil, and finds ways to increase supply of food with favorable health results for consumers. Agronomists may work as advisors to farmers to help them improve environmental supply and farming production capabilities. Some other potential job titles of Agriculturist/Agronomist are Crop Nutrition Scientist, Soil Scientist, Agronomy Research Manager, Physical Hydrologist, Microbiology Soil Scientist, Soil Fertility Extension Specialist and Research Soil Scientist.
To qualify for TN Agriculturist/Agronomist non-immigrant status, the applicant for Agriculturist/Agronomist profession must have earned, and is able to provide proof of the following educational requirements:
- Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
The applicant for TN Agriculturist/Agronomist profession must also provide the additional requirements:
- Proof of Canadian citizenship;
- A detailed support letter from prospective employer;
- Proof of intent to return to his/her permanent residence in Canada at the expiration of the temporary TN stay
If the applicant is able to provide evidence of the requirements enumerated above, he/she may qualify for TN Agriculturist/Agronomist professional status.
A qualified Agriculturist/Agronomist can obtain TN Professional status for a maximum of three years. Any extension of the status may be issued for up to one year provided that the individual continues to comply with the requirements for TN professionals. The number of extensions has no limit. However, the professional must continue to demonstrate that his/her employment is temporary in nature, and that his/her NAFTA entry is not used to bypass normal procedures of immigration.