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Do I require a business visa to attend a company conference?

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I work in the US for a Canadian based business. This year the CEO has organized a series of conferences, the first taking place in Toronto in the spring. Seeing that I’ll only be in the country for 5 days, do I require a business visa to attend this company conference?

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  1. Steven Snider on Feb 06, 2014 Reply

    In this scenario, where you are coming to Canada to attend a company conference you would be considered a Business visitor.

    This broad category facilitates the entry of persons to Canada who intend to engage in business or trade activities.

    If you are a business visitor and you need a visa to visit Canada, you must apply for a temporary resident visa, just like any other visitor to Canada. There is no separate application for business visitors.

    As a business visitor, you must show that:

    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

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