Certain business visitors to Canada may enter Canada to participate in international business activities without a work permit. Permitted activities include attending meetings, seminars and conferences, as well as providing certain contractual after-sales services. Business visitors may still require a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada and all business visitors must declare the purpose of their visit at the port of entry to be admitted. For more information about permitted activities and for assistance in preparing an application to enter Canada as a Business Visitor, please contact us.
There are a number of reasons why an individual may come to Canada as a business visitor, including:
- Attending business meetings, conferences, conventions, fairs, etc
- Buying Canadian goods or services on behalf of a foreign entity
- Taking orders for goods or services
- Providing after-sales service, excluding hands-on work in the construction trades
- Being trained by a Canadian parent company for work outside of Canada
- Training employees of a Canadian subsidiary of a foreign company
The Business Visitor category facilitates entry for individuals (without a work permit) who engage in business or trade activities in Canada but will not enter the Canadian labour market. Individuals who plan to enter the Canadian labour market may require a Temporary Work Permit. In addition, a Business Visitor may still require a Temporary Resident Visa or an eTA (electronic Travel Authorization) to enter Canada on a temporary basis.
- There must be no intent to enter the Canadian labour market (there will be no gainful employment in the country)
- The worker’s activity in Canada must be international in scope (it is assumed that a business visitor will engage in cross-border activity of some sort)