An Interior Designer is involved in the interior renovation or design of commercial, residential and industrial spaces, such as structural alterations, fixtures and fittings, furnishings, color schemes and lighting. An Interior Designer produces designs and feasibility studies, especially for commercial and leisure properties, and oversees the creation of the project from start to finish.
When planning and organizing interior designs in various domestic and commercial settings, an Interior Designer combines functional and efficient use of space with a deep understanding of aesthetics. Often in a domestic market, a designer is only concerned with the appearance of the interior rather than the structure. Some other potential job titles of an Interior Designer are Interior Design Consultant, Designer, Interior Design Director, Interior Design Coordinator, Color and Materials Designer, Certified Kitchen Designer, Director of Interiors, Decorating Consultant and Commercial Interior Designer.
To qualify for TN Interior Designer non-immigrant status, the applicant for Interior Designer profession 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 Interior 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 stay
If the applicant is able to provide evidence of the requirements enumerated above, he/she may qualify for TN Interior Designer professional status.
A qualified Interior Designer 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.