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Professions Recognized under the North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA

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Professions under NAFTA

See below for a list of jobs considered to be professional under NAFTA:

  • Accountant
  • Architect
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Disaster Relief Insurance
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Economist
  • Engineer
  • Forester
  • Graphic Designer
  • Hotel Manager
  • Industrial Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Land Surveyor
  • Landscape Architect
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Management Consultant
  • Mathematician (including Statistician and an Actuary)
  • Range Manager/Range
  • Conservationalist
  • Research Assistant (working in a post-secondary educational institution)
  • Scientific Technician/Technologist
  • Social Worker
  • Sylviculturist (including Forestry Specialist)
  • Technical Publications Writer
  • Urban Planner (including Geographer)
  • Vocational Counsellor
  • Dentist
  • Dietitian
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist (Canada)/
  • Technologist (Mexico and the United States)
  • Nutritionist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician (teaching or research only)
  • Physiotherapist/Physical Therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Veterinarian
  • Agriculturist (including Agronomist)
  • Animal Breeder
  • Animal Scientist
  • Apiculturist
  • Astronomer
  • Biochemist
  • Biologist (including Plant Pathologist)
  • Chemist
  • Dairy Scientist
  • Entomologist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Geneticist
  • Geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Geophysicist (Including Oceanographer in Mexico and the United States)
  • Horticulturist
  • Meteorologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physicist (including Oceanographer in Canada)
  • Plant Breeder
  • Poultry Scientist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Zoologist
  • College Teacher
  • Seminary Teacher

Determining whether or not you might qualify under NAFTA as a professional is not as easy is simply looking at the list of professions. There are educational requirements as well as job classifications that need to be applied. Job titles are often interchangeable, unique to each business and not necessarily indicative of the duties actually performed. Do not be discouraged if you do not find your job on the list as, based on your duties, you may still be considered to qualify under one of the above professions as outlined by NAFTA.

Should your profession be on the list and you have found a prospective employer in Canada, applicants will need to gather the proper documentation in order to satisfy an immigration officer that you:

  • Have pre-determined employment
  • Meet the educational requirements of the profession
  • Will be performing the same duties in Canada
  • Have ties to your home country

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