Certain individuals may enter Canada to conduct business or
trade activity without the need for a
work permit. In Canadian immigration law, these individuals are
business visitor is a foreign national who comes to Canada to
participate in international business activities, but who will not
enter the Canadian labour market. Subject to the nature of the
work, as well as the individual's nationality, certain business
visitors can enter the country to conduct business or trade
activity without needing a
You may qualify as a business visitor if you are a foreign
national who plans to visit Canada temporarily to look for new
business opportunities, to invest or to enhance existing business
As a business visitor, you must show that:
You plan to stay for less than six
You do not plan to enter the Canadian
You will not be employed by a
Canadian employer during your time in Canada,
Your main place of business, and
source of income is outside Canada,
Your activity must be international
You have documents that support your
You meet Canada's basic entry
requirements, because you:
*have a valid travel document, such as a passport,
*have enough money for your stay and to return home,
*plan to leave Canada at the end of your visit and
*are not a criminal, security or health risk to Canadians.
There are a number of reasons why an individual may come to
Canada as a business visitor, including:
Attending meetings, conferences,
conventions or trade fairs,
Being trained by a Canadian parent
company that you work for outside Canada,
Being trained by a Canadian company
that has sold you equipment or services.
Buying Canadian goods or services for
a foreign business or government,
Employees of short-term temporary
residents (such as caregivers or personal assistants),
Providing after-sales service
(management not hands-on work in the construction trades),
Taking orders for goods or services,
Training employees of a Canadian
branch of a foreign company
Before Coming to Canada
There is a fine line between being classified as a business visitor and a "worker"
entering the Canadian labour market and much will depend on the
type of activity being undertaken in Canada.
A prospective business visitor must be aware that if a Canadian
visa officer classifies them as foreign workers and not as business
visitors, they may require a work permit or work permit and labour
market impact assessment in order to come to Canada. Should this
prove to be the case, they will have to undergo the process of
receiving all necessary documentation and authorizations before
commencing their work in Canada. This can take several weeks.
It is advisable to present documentation which clearly
demonstrates that you meet the definition of a business visitor in
order to make certain that visa officers understand that one
intends to enter Canada as a business visitor. Evidence may include
letters of support from companies both inside and outside of
Canada. It is essential to submit documentation which outlines the
nature of the business activities that will be conducted in
Depending on the applicant's country of citizenship, a
business visitor may also require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)
in order to enter Canada. Individuals who require a TRV should
apply for and receive this visa before travelling to Canada.
Allowing business visitors to enter Canada without a work permit
allows Canadian businesses to benefit from valuable expertise and
services. Business visitors can also undertake activities
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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