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BUSINESS VISITOR VISA

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Thousands of foreign business owners come to Canada every year to grow, invest, and advance business relationships. Calver and Associates helps to prepare an application for you to travel to Canada

There are many reasons why a person may come to Canada as a business visitor. It is often the first step for business people/ entrepreneurs who are assessing the Canadian market to start doing business. 

A business Visitor Visa allows foreign business owners to come to Canada temporarily to look for ways to grow their business, invest, and advance business relationships. Business visitors usually stay in Canada for a few days or a few weeks but are often authorized to stay for up to 6 months. Business visitors enter Canada to participate in business activities but do not enter the labour market and as such, they do not need a work permit.

WHO IS A BUSINESS VISITOR VISA FOR?

To qualify as a business visitor to Canada, you must show that:

  • you plan to stay for less than 6 months

  • you don’t 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

  • 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

    • are not a criminal, security or health risk to Canadians

 

WHAT IS A BUSINESS VISITOR VISA FOR?

There are a number of different activities business visitors are authorized to do while in Canada temporarily. Activities you may conduct as a business visitor include:

  • buying Canadian goods or services for a foreign business or government

  • taking orders for goods or services

  • going to meetings, conferences, conventions or trade fairs

  • giving after-sales service as part of a warranty or sales agreement

  • being trained by a Canadian parent company that you work for outside Canada

  • training employees of a Canadian branch of a foreign company

  • being trained by a Canadian company that has sold you equipment or services

When you enter Canada as a business visitor, it is important to present documentation to support your business activities as a business visitor, the CBSA officer will review your documentation to ensure that you meet the requirements of a business visitor. Calver& Associates can help you prepare a border package to present upon your arrival to the Customs officer to facilitate your entry into Canada. It is important that you have sufficient information to present at the border to satisfy the officer that you will note enter the labour market. 

 

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