Who Needs a Business Visitor Visa?

A business visitor is a foreign national who travels to Canada in order to undertake activities relating to an international business.

You may need a Canadian business visitor visa if you engage in some activities like:

  • Attending a business meeting or conference or conducting site visits

  • Attending a product and sales training meeting

  • Dealing with an after sales agreement

  • Buying goods in Canada for a foreign company

  • Other general business visit activities

The 3 Main Items You MUST Prove to Enter Canada

You must prove to the immigration officer the 3 requirements below before you will be allowed to enter Canada on a business visitor visa.  You must:

  1. Show that your main source of income and your businesses are outside of Canada.
  2. Have no criminal records or health-based inadmissibility
  3. Show that the purpose of your visit is temporary

Side Note: If you have criminal record or health-based inadmissibility situation, you can use a ‘Temporary Resident Permit’  (TRP) to enter Canada.

The Main Documents You Will Need Prepared

Below is a list of suggested documents. Note that the documents you prepare for your business visitor application will always depend on your specific case.

  1. Canadian organization’s invitation to the foreign applicant

  2. Letter from a foreign company attesting that the applicant is employed by them on a full time basis

  3. A verification that the applicants will not come to Canada for employment purposes

  4. Include a copy of the After-Sales Agreement if any

  5. A copy of Passport data page

  6. For a training visit, a resume showing that the applicants have sufficient experience to conduct training and they are properly employed by a foreign company and are only entering Canada for purposes of conducting a training for a particular product

  7. An itinerary showing activities from entry to exit from Canada

  8. Proof to establish sufficient ties to the applicants’ home country

When You May NOT Need a Business Visitor Visa

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has outlined the visitor visa exempt countries as follows:

  • Citizens of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Botswana, Brunei, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel (National Passport holders only), Italy, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Latvia (Republic of), Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Slovenia, Switzerland, United States, and Western Samoa;
  • Lawful US permanent residents who are in possession of their alien registration card (Green Card) or can provide other evidence of permanent residence;
  • British citizens and British Citizens overseas who are re-admissible to the United Kingdom;
  • Citizens from British dependent territories who derive their citizenship by birth, descent, registration or naturalization in one of the British dependent territories of Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena or the Turks and Caicos Islands;
  • Holders of British National (Overseas) Passport issued by the United Kingdom Government to persons who were born, naturalized, or registered in Hong Kong;
  • British subjects who hold a passport issued by the United Kingdom and who have the “right of abode” there
  • Persons holding a valid and subsisting Special Administrative Region passport issued by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China;
  • Holders of passports or travel documents issued by the Holy See;
  • Persons possessing an ordinary passport issued by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs that includes their personal identification number.

Why Seeking Professional Immigration Help is Important

While the procedures for applying for a Canadian business visitor visa may seem uncomplicated, some applicants apply without seeking any help from an immigration lawyer, thinking that they can ‘do it themselves’.

For business visa applications, there is actually a higher risk of refusal in cases where the application is not properly prepared. The Canadian immigration standards are very high.  We find this is the number one reason why people are denied entry is due to not enough knowledge of the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of immigration applications.

The documentation and processes involved in successfully obtaining a business visitor visa can be complex and usually require legal expertise.  The last thing you want to have happen on a very important business meeting is to not be able to attend due to insufficient paperwork.

Why You Should Hire Us

Many of our business clients are happy to relieve themselves of the headaches of preparing paperwork and having to deal with government red tape by outsourcing this work to our professional team of immigration experts.

When it comes to your important business meetings, we know you can not afford to have any loose strings during your business travels to Canada. It is gratifying to see our business clients enter Canada for their business meetings with no hiccups. We have helped thousands and thousands of business people successfully enter Canada temporarily and we can help you too!

The first step towards getting a temporary business visa is getting an assessment of your case. Fill out our free online immigration assessment form and we will get back to you within 24 hours to discuss your immigration visa options.

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