Canada Business Visit


If you want to visit Canada to perform business activities, i.e. to sign agreements, to attend a business meeting or conference, you need to apply for a Business Visa. It will allow you to stay in the state for a short period. If you are a business visitor, you may need to apply for an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization).

If you need an eTA, you should have the following things with you:

  • Plan your trip before time. 
  • Do not wait for the last minute to apply
  • Travel to Canada with the passport that you used to get your eTA.

However if you need a visitor visa, the following documents you need to send with your application. 

  1. A letter of invitation from your business partner in Canada.
  2. Contact details for that person.

Conditions for Business Visit

If you want to get a business visa for Canada, you need to show the following things.

  1. You are planning to stay for not more than six months,
  2. You are not planning to enter the Canadian labour market,
  3. The main place or city of business, and source of income and profits, is not inside Canada,
  4. You have all the necessary documents that support your application and
  5. You meet all the basic entry requirements of Canada because you
    • are having a valid travel document, for instance, a passport,
    • must have sufficient money for your stay and to return home,
    • must plan to leave Canada at the end of your visit and do not tend to prolong your visit and
    • Must not be a criminal, or involved in any criminal activity.

Cross-border Business Visit 

It includes:

  1. Buying Canadian products, goods or services for a foreign business or government.
  2. Taking certain orders for goods or services only for business purposes.
  3. Visiting meetings, conferences, conventions or trade fairs.
  4. The company that trains you is the Canadian parent company that you work for outside Canada.
  5. You might be a training employee of a Canadian branch of a foreign or international company.

Other things to consider

In case you are a business partner, and you are inviting your partner to Canada, then there are the following things that you need to consider:

  1. Perform careful checks on your potential business partner.
  2. Cooperate with the Canadian Trade Commissioner that is majorly responsible for the sector and country your visitor is coming from.
  3. You might need to provide your visiting potential business partner with two copies of a letter of invitation.
  4. You might also need to provide your visiting potential business partner with 24-hour contact information. The officer at the border service may ask your visitor:
    • To provide the information when arriving in Canada, or
    • Need to contact you due to travel delays.

Do you want to visit your child or grandchild in Canada? If so, you need to apply for a Canada Super Visa



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