An Industrial Designer creates and develops concepts and specifications to optimize the value, ergonomics, appearance and function of a product or system through models, drawings and verbal descriptions, for the mutual benefit of both the manufacturer and user. An Industrial Designer often works with other departments of a development group such as marketing, management, engineering and manufacturing specialist departments, and executes all design solutions determined by the group.
An Industrial Designer maintains a practical concern for technical requirements and processes for manufacture, economic constraints, marketing opportunities, servicing and processes and sales distribution. He/she also works to ensure that technology and material are used effectively while complying with all regulatory and legal requirements. Some other titles of an Industrial Designer are Designer, Design Engineer, Product Engineer, Product Designer, Product Development Engineer, Mechanical Designer, Product Design Engineer and Project Engineer.
To qualify for a TN Visa as an Industrial Designer, the applicant for the TN visa must have earned, and is able to provide proof of the following educational requirements:
- Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; OR
- Post-secondary Diploma or Post-secondary Certificate, AND
- Three years related experience.
The applicant for TN Visa Industrial Designer 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 Visa stay
If the applicant is able to provide evidence of the requirements enumerated above, he/she may qualify for a TN Visa as an Industrial Designer.
A qualified Industrial Designer can obtain TN Visa Professional status for a maximum of three years. Any extension of the status may be issued for up to three years provided that the individual continues to comply with the requirements for TN Visa 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.