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Business Visitor Visa

Come to think of it, business and travel go hand in hand. As a person who is engaged in business, you may know how frequent travel for business purposes could be. These travels include both domestic and international travel. Though you do not need permit to travel domestically still international travel can become a whole different ball game.

As a business visitor you are exempt from applying for a work permit. The Canadian Labour Market may well be out of reach, but still you will be able to work in Canada. A VISA or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) may be required on the basis of your purpose of visit.

Visa exempt foreign nationals can apply for an eTA to enter the borders of Canada. From this year, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada have made it compulsory for foreign nationals and Canadian expats to carry a passport to gain entry in Canada.

Canada is a nation of DREAMS.

The eTA can be applied for conveniently through CIC Canada. You can fill up the form and pay 7 CAD through the account created with the CIC. The application for an eTA is processed at lightning fast speed and you will receive a confirmation within 72 hours on your email account.

To apply for an eTA, you will need:

A valid credit card

A valid passport

An online account

Note: American citizens do not even need an eTA to travel to Canada.

On the other hand, applying for a business visitor visa can take up some time and a lot more documents. You must provide a letter of invitation from a Canadian Business Partner and also their contact details. There are other criteria that you have to fulfill as well such as:

Stay for less than 6 months in Canada.

Must not intend to enter the Canadian Labour Market.

Main source of business and income located outside Canada.

Have basic eligibility criteria and documents.

You should only be travelling for one of the following reasons:

To be trained by a Canadian Company

To train employees at a Canadian Corporation

To buy products or services for institutions based out of Canada

To provide after sales services

To attend




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Getting a work permit for business travel can be a daunting task and this is why it becomes easier to apply for a business visitor visa or an eTA. Canada is frequented by business visitors as it is an industrialized economy with a strong service sector. North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) makes it easier for corporations to engage in business with US and Mexico directly from Canada. Canada’s economy is already in a quagmire with its ageing population. Facilitating immigration and business activities is the least it can do to abate the effects of this ticking time bomb.


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