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Eligibility Requirements for Canada Business Visa in 2022

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Purpose of the business visa:

The purpose of the business visa is to allow foreign nationals to come to Canada to conduct business activities. The visa allows business people to meet with clients, attend trade shows, and explore business opportunities.

To be eligible for a business visa, you must meet the following requirements:

-You must have a valid passport

-You must have sufficient funds to cover your expenses while in Canada

-You must intend to carry out legitimate business activities while in Canada

-You must meet all other requirements of the visa class you are applying for

Requirements:

-You must have a valid passport

-You must have sufficient funds to cover your expenses while in Canada

-You must intend to carry out legitimate business activities while in Canada

-You may be required to provide a letter of invitation from a Canadian company

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-You may be required to provide evidence of financial support

-You may be required to undergo a medical examination

-You may be required to provide police clearance certificate(s)

-You must meet all other requirements of the visa class you are applying for.

 

Supporting documents:

-A letter of invitation from a Canadian company

-Evidence of financial support

-A medical examination

-Police clearance certificate(s)

Duration of stay: Up to six months. Extensions are possible if you apply for one before your current visa expires.

Application Process: You must submit your application online through the Visa Application Centre (VAC) in your country or region of residence. The VAC will collect your biometrics (fingerprints and a photo). Once you have paid the processing fee and submitted all required documents, the VAC will forward your application to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for processing.

You can also submit your application by mail, but you will need to provide your biometrics at a later date.

Processing time: The processing time for business visa applications can vary depending on the country or region where you apply.

Fees: The cost of a business visa is $100 CAD. You will also need to pay the biometrics fee of CAD 85 when you submit your application.

How to extend your stay: You can apply to extend your stay as a business visitor if you still meet the eligibility criteria and if you have not exceeded the maximum allowable stay of six months. To do so, you must submit an Application to Change Conditions or Extend Your Stay in Canada (IMM 5709) before your current status expires.

You can also apply for a work permit if you meet the eligibility criteria and if you have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer.

Flag of Canada, visa application form and passport on table

 

What you can do with a business visa:

-Attend business meetings

-Consult with business associates

-Give speeches or take part in conventions, seminars, workshops, or other events as long as you are not being paid by a Canadian source

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-Undertake independent research

-Negotiate and sign contracts

You cannot work on a business visa. If you want to work in Canada, you must apply for a work permit.

 

What you cannot do with a business visa:

-Work in Canada without a work permit

-Study in Canada without a study permit

-Immigrate to Canada

-Give professional or amateur performances, or participate in any competition, as part of your business activities

-Be employed by a Canadian company, unless you have a valid work permit

-Own or manage a Canadian business, unless you have a valid work permit

-Engage in research for which you will receive remuneration from a Canadian source

-Provide professional or commercial services to Canadians or businesses in Canada, unless you have a valid work permit.

If you want to do any of the above activities, you must apply for the appropriate visa.

Use this application guide if:

-You are applying for a business visitor visa and your country or region is not listed in Appendix A; or

-You are applying from the United States and your country or region is not listed in Appendix A.

Appendix A lists the countries and regions whose nationals can apply online for a business visitor visa. If your country or region is not on the list, you must apply for a business visitor visa on paper.

 

What is a Business Visitor Visa?

A business visitor visa allows you to temporarily enter Canada for business purposes. You may conduct international business activities such as:

-Attending business meetings, conferences, conventions or seminars;

-Consulting with business associates;

-Giving lectures or taking part in educational, scientific, professional or business conventions, conferences or seminars;

-Conducting independent research; and/or

-Negotiating and signing certain agreements.

You cannot work in Canada on a business visitor visa unless you apply for and receive a work permit. If you want to study in Canada while you are here on a business visitor visa, you must apply for and receive a study permit.

You may not need a business visitor visa if you are from a visa-exempt country or territory and you meet the requirements to enter Canada as a business visitor. If you do not need a visa, make sure you carry proper identification for travel such as your passport when you come to Canada.

This application guide has the information you must know before applying for a business visitor visa.

It is divided into the following sections:

-Before You Apply

-Instructions for Completing the Application Forms

-Supporting Documents

-Application Checklist

You must meet certain eligibility criteria and provide specific documents when you apply for a business visitor visa. These requirements are listed in the following sections:

-Important Notes; and,

-Eligibility Criteria. Important Notes

All applicants must:

-Complete the application forms;

-Pay the applicable visa fees; and,

-Include all required documents.

Do not submit your application until you have everything listed in the checklist in this application guide. If you do not, we will return your incomplete application to you. This will cause a delay in processing your application.

You must show that you meet certain eligibility criteria when you apply for a business visitor visa. For example, you must prove that:

-You intend to leave Canada at the end of your visit;

-You have enough money for your stay in Canada; -You have no criminal or immigration-related convictions; and,

-You are not a risk to the security of Canada.

You may have to provide additional documents at the port of entry. For example, you may need to present evidence of your business activities in Canada and your travel itinerary.

If you are from a country or territory where an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is required, make sure you have one before you board your flight to Canada. You will not be able to board your flight without an eTA if one is required.

To be eligible for a business visitor visa, you must:

-Prove to an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit;

-Have enough money for your stay in Canada;

-Be law-abiding and have no record of criminal activity (we may call you for an interview to find out more);

-Convince an immigration officer that you will not try to work or study while you are in Canada without proper authorization;

-Convince an immigration officer that you are not a risk to the security of Canada;

-Respect the conditions in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations; and,

-Respect the conditions of any previous stays in Canada (if applicable).

You may have to provide additional documents when you apply, and at the port of entry. For example, you may need to present evidence of:

-The purpose of your trip to Canada;

-Your ties to your home country or residence;

-Your financial status; and,

 

To complete your application forms, follow these steps:

1. Get the forms and guide

2. Read the instruction guide carefully before you complete your application forms

3. Fill out the forms completely and accurately

4. Sign and date each of the forms where indicated

5. Pay your fees

6. Mail or bring your completed application, along with all required documents to your nearest visa office

7. Include a daytime contact number where we can reach you if we have questions about your application

Note: If you are applying for a business visitor visa on behalf of another person, you will need to include a Letter of Introduction from that person with their application. The letter should state that they permit you to apply on their behalf, list any other representatives they have, and explain why they cannot apply for the visa themselves.

Things to do before coming to Canada on a business visa:

1. Determine whether you meet the eligibility requirements for a Canadian business visa.

2. Gather the required documents to support your application.

3. Schedule an appointment with a Canadian visa officer.

4. Attend your appointment and submit your application.

5. Wait for a decision on your application.

Studying while on a business visa:

1. Gather the required documents to support your application for a study permit.

2. Schedule an appointment with a Canadian visa officer.

3. Attend your appointment and submit your application for a study permit.

4. Wait for a decision on your application.

Working while on a business visa:

1. Gather the required documents to support your application for a work permit.

2. Schedule an appointment with a Canadian visa officer.

3. Attend your appointment and submit your application for a work permit.

4. Wait for a decision on your application.

Extending your stay in Canada:

1. Determine whether you meet the eligibility requirements to extend your stay in Canada.

2. Gather the required documents to support your application to extend your stay.

3. Schedule an appointment with a Canadian visa officer.

4. Attend your appointment and submit your application to extend your stay in Canada.

5. Wait for a decision on your application.

Applying for permanent residence:

1. Determine whether you meet the eligibility requirements for permanent residence in Canada.

2. Gather the required documents to support your application for permanent residence.

3. Schedule an appointment with a Canadian visa officer.

4. Attend your appointment and submit your application for permanent residence in Canada.

5. Wait for a decision on your application.

What to do after you arrive in Canada:

1. Get a business number from the Government of Canada.

2. Register your business with the province or territory where you will be operating.

3. Comply with all regulations and laws that apply to your business.

4. Keep accurate financial records for your business.

5. Pay any taxes that apply to your business.

The following are the general requirements for a business visa:

1. You must have a valid passport.

2. You must be in good health and have no criminal or immigration-related convictions.

3. You must have sufficient financial resources to support yourself and your family during your stay in Canada.

4. You must be able to demonstrate ties to your home country, such as a job, property ownership, or family ties.

5. You must be willing and able to comply with the conditions of your visa, such as remaining in Canada for the authorized period and not engaging in unauthorized employment or study.

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