Business People vs Business Visitor

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Not sure what the difference is between Business People and Business Visitor? Watch our video below that discusses the difference between the two categories.

Business People vs Business Visitor

Business people and Business Visitors are not the same and many times applicants confuse the two. Business people are persons that come to do business under one of the Free Trade Agreements. The individuals can work in Canada if they qualify under of the following categories:

  • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Other Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)
  • General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)

So under NAFTA citizens of Canada, US and Mexico can visit each others countries for temporary business or investment matters. So these individuals do not require Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). What this means the employers do not require permission from Service Canada to hire American or Mexican citizens. Business People are exempt from the LMIA but they still require a Work Permit.

A Business Visitor is someone who does not enter the Canadian Labour Market instead he/she visits Canada for conferences, seminars, gives lectures, attends meetings and only undertakes activities that is related to the international business. Business Visitors are exempt from the Work Permit as long as they meet the definition for Business Visitor.

In order to qualify as a Business Visitor there are few things to keep in mind that your source of income has to come from outside of Canada meaning you cannot get paid for your services from an employer in Canada. If you are performing a task such as lifting a pen and you get paid for that service then you do not qualify as a Business Visitor and have to apply for the Work Permit. As the Business Visitor you have to demonstrate supporting documents to show the officer that you are only coming for business. Some documents to show would include showing the officer what your schedule would be like such as meetings you will be attending, what your role will be as the business visitor, the invitation letter from the canadian organization, letter from the organization that states the applicant is employed full time by the company, after sales agreement, itinerary that shows activities that will be taking place once the applicant enters Canada and much more.

If you need assistance with entering Canada as Business Person or Business Visitor then contact us today!!

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