You are considered a business visitor if you plan to visit Canada temporarily to:
- look for ways to grow your business,
- invest or
- advance your business relationships.
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.
Cross-border business can 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 (managing, not doing hands-on labour),
- being trained by a Canadian parent company that you work for outside Canada,
- training employees of a Canadian branch of a foreign company or
- being trained by a Canadian company that has sold you equipment or services.
A U.S. or Mexican national can take part in other activities, such as research, marketing and general services. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement
You might be considered a temporary worker if you plan to stay longer than six months or plan to work in Canada, and have to apply for a work permit.
If a temporary resident visa is needed by you, certain documents must be sent when you apply:
- a letter of invitation from your potential business partner in Canada and
- 24-hour contact details for that person.