TN Urban Planner/Geographer

An Urban planner figures out the most efficient way of using the land in cities and neighborhoods, and reports on the most suitable location for parks, houses and stores. These planners offer solutions to urban problems such as traffic, air pollution increase, accessibility to public transportation, places to drive and park cars, and more. As many people move into a community, urban planners make new plans and communicate with community leaders for new roads or schools. They find out the number of people using the highways, streets, sewers, waters, libraries, schools, parks and museums. Some potential job titles of Urban Planner are Community Development Planner, Planner, Planning Director, Regional Planner, City Planner, Neighborhood Planner, Community Development Director, Airport Planner, Building, Community Planning and Development Representative, and Zoning Director.

A Geographer studies the nature and use of the surface of the earth and conducts research on the region’s physical aspects including soils, land forms, climates, animals and plants.  Geographers conduct research on the spatial implications of human activities in an area, including economic activities, social characteristics, and political organization. Some potential job titles of a Geographer are Geographic Information Systems Program Director (GIS Program Director), Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst), Environmental Affairs Corporate Director, Earth Observations Chief Scientist (NASA), Environmental Scientist, GIS Geographer (Geographic Information Systems Geographer), GIS Physical Scientist (Geographic Information Systems Physical Scientist), Research Coordinator, and Scientist.

To qualify for TN Urban Planner/Geographer non-immigrant status, the applicant for Urban Planner/Geographer profession must have earned, and is able to provide proof of the following educational requirements:

  1. Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

The applicant for TN Urban Planner/Geographer profession must also provide the additional requirements:

  1. Proof of Canadian citizenship;
  2. A detailed support letter from prospective employer;
  3. 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 Urban Planner/Geographer professional status.

A qualified Urban Planner/Geographer 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.