Business visitors come to Canada usually looking for ways to grow their business, invest or advance business relationships. Some examples include:
- To meet people from companies doing business with their country
- To observe site visits
- A Canadian company invited them for training in: product use or sales
- other business transaction functions
It is important to note that in most cases though a business visitor may not need a work permit, they may still need to apply for an eTA or a visa to come to Canada, depending on if they are coming from a visa exempt country or not.
If you need an eTA, you will need to apply for it before coming to Canada.
If you need a visitor visa you will need to apply for it in advance and meet the following requirements:
- you plan to stay for less than six months,
- you do not plan to enter the Canadian labour market,
- your main place of business, and source of income and profits, is outside Canada,
- you have documents that support your application and
- 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.
If you plan to stay longer than six months or plan to work in Canada, you may be considered a temporary worker and have to apply for a work permit.
You are not considered a business visitor, and may need to get a work permit, if you’re doing work for a Canadian company. For example, you’re an employee sent by a foreign company to fulfil a contract with a Canadian company.
If you plan to travel to Canada for temporary business purposes, contact us to discuss your business entry requirements.