Business Visitor

Temporary resident visa category for international business activities

Business Visitor

A business visitor is someone who comes to Canada:

1. for international business activities
2. without directly entering the Canadian labour market
3. Examples of this include someone who comes to Canada:
  • to meet people from companies doing business with their country;
  • to observe site visits;
  • because a Canadian company invited them for training in product use, sales, other business transaction functions

They don’t need a work permit to come to Canada. Business visitors must prove that their main source of income and their main place of business are outside Canada.

You aren’t 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 fulfill a contract with a Canadian company.

This is a brief summary intended for information purposes only. It is not a legal advice. It should not be relied upon as legal advice. Please consult with an experienced immigration consultant before submitting a visa application.
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