Business Visitor Visa

What is a Business Visitor Visa?

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 are a number of subdivisions under this category, but all business visitors must meet the following general criteria:

  • 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)
  • For business visitors in Canada working for a foreign employer, the following criteria are assumed

           – The primary source of the worker’s compensation is outside of Canada

           – The principal place of employment is located outside of Canada

           – The employer’s profits are accrued outside of Canada

When travelling to Canada, a business visitors should be prepared to present immigration officials with documentation that attests to their desired status in Canada. This documentation will vary on a case-by-case basis. Often, items such as a letter of support from a parent company or letter of invitation from a Canadian company can help to bolster one’s likelihood of acceptance as a business visitor.

​There are a number of reasons why an individual may come to Canada as a business visitor, including: