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Canada Immigration - Business Visitor Visa

Canada is one of the greatest economies in the world, attracting tens of thousands of short-term business travelers annually. With an international market-oriented economy and as a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation (OECD) and the Group of Seven (G7), as well as a signatory of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA, or formerly known as NAFTA), Canada strives to ensure that international business travelers can come to Canada for business trips.


Subject to the nature of the employment and the nationality of the individual, certain business travelers may enter the country to engage in business or trade without a work permit.

quick facts

  • Processing time: 91 - 220 days

  • Processing fee $100 + Biometrics Fee $85 (if applicable) 

  • Valid for : Leisure and Tourism

Who is a business visitor? 


A person who travels to Canada for business reasons is known as a business visitor. They travel to work in Canada but for operational fulfillment related to international trade that do not involve them directly accessing the Canadian labour market. 

Examples of people who fall into this category include those who travel to Canada:

  • to network with individuals working for corporations that do business with their nation and

  • to participate in site visits as a result of an invitation from a Canadian company to participate in training pertaining to product use, sales, and other business transaction functions.


They don’t need a work permit to come to Canada. Business visitors must prove that their main source of income and their main place of business are outside Canada.

You aren’t considered a business visitor, and may need to get a work permit, if you’re doing work for a Canadian company. For example, you’re an employee sent by a foreign company to fulfill a contract with a Canadian company.

Business visitors and business people are not the same. Business people come to do work in Canada under a free trade agreement.

Need help in applying for a Visitor Visa for Canada? Hire an authorized paid representative.

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