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The Difference between Business People and Business Visitors

The Difference between Business People and Business Visitors

Business People vs. Business Visitors

A lot of times, terminologies in the field of immigration may be confusing to many foreign nationals. For example, temporary resident visa vs. temporary resident permit and business visitors vs. business people. It is important for applicants to understand what those terms refer to and the major difference between the terms. If you do not have a solid understanding of the immigration terminologies, you can potentially make mistakes on your applicant or even submit the wrong application. Both business visitors and business people are temporary residents coming to Canada on business related activity. The main difference between the two is the length of time they will spend in Canada respectively. In this blog, you will learn about the difference between a business visitor and a business person.

What are Business People

Business people are individuals who come to Canada to do business under a free trade agreement. Specifically, a business person can come to Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), under one of the other free trade agreements, or under General Agreement on Trades in Services (GATS). It is also important to understand that business people, who are coming to Canada under a free trade agreement (FTA), can qualify in any of 4 specific categories of business person. The categories are professionals, intra-company transferees, traders and investors, and business visitors. If you are coming to Canada as a business visitor, you still need to meet the eligibility requirements of the category you intend to apply for, and must comply with the obligations of the FTA you are permitted to apply under.

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What a NAFTA Work Permit Is

What a NAFTA Work Permit Is

What is NAFTA, and How Does it Impact my Ability to Work in Canada?

You’ve probably heard the term NAFTA before. If you don’t already know what NAFTA is, I’m here to help. “NAFTA” stands for North American Free Trade Agreement. This is an agreement between Mexico, Canada and the USA designed to allow citizens of these three countries easier access to the benefits of each other’s economies, through trade and work contributions. What this means is individuals who are citizens of these three countries have the privilege of being able to access work industries beyond their own borders easier than if they were not citizens of one of these three countries. Canadian, US and Mexican citizens can obtain a work permit for one of these three countries relatively easily. Though, it is a very important process to understand, to ensure you are not denied the opportunity to work in another county. Keep reading this blog for a detailed explanation of obtaining a NAFTA work permit, to come to work in Canada if you are from the USA or Mexico.

What is a NAFTA Work Permit?

As mentioned, NAFTA makes it easier for citizens of certain countries to find a work permit. But how does it actually do this? Because of NAFTA, individuals who apply for a work permit under NAFTA do not have to obtain a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), before they are able to come to Canada. A LMIA is used to ensure there is a need for a foreign worker to fill a position within Canada, because there is no Canadian available to fill the position. Essentially, this means that individuals under NAFTA are protected from the requirement that they cannot take a position from any Canadian. As the result of NAFTA, citizens of the US and Mexico are also privilege to the Canadian labor market. This is a huge benefit to citizens of these countries, as the process of applying for an LMIA can be lengthy and difficult, and seriously impact your chances of being permitted to work in Canada on a temporary basis. This process requires a foreign worker to have a Canadian employer arrange for their employment within Canada. Receiving a positive LMIA is a large part of this process, as they must obtain permission from the Canadian government to bring a foreign worker to Canada, before they can enter the country and begin to work. As mentioned, NAFTA removes this requirement and greatly speeds up the application process; some individuals can even apply for their work permit at the border, but this ultimately depends on your specific situation.

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How to Find Work in Canada

How to Find Work in Canada

How to Successfully Find Employment Opportunities in Canada

Many individuals from all around the world have the desire to come to Canada to work and experience the Canadian economy and labour market. However, finding a job or employment opportunity in Canada can be a difficult endeavor to pursue. If and once you find a job, on the other hand, it will result in one of the fastest ways to start your new life in Canada and explore many more attributes that Canada has to offer. Therefore, in this article, I will explain how to find work in Canada, how to apply for jobs in Canada, and much more.

How to Find Work in Canada

In order to find work in Canada, you must first research. Research is so important and is a crucial step in finding the right job for you. You may research specific companies that peak your interest and are looking for an employee with your work experience. To do this, you may check their website and see what job postings they have. Additionally, if you would like to go above and beyond expectations, you may contact the employer directly to see if they are hiring and/or if you could have an interview with them.

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Different Ways to Obtain Permanent Residency in Canada

Different Ways to Obtain Permanent Residency in Canada

Steps in Obtaining Permanent Residency in Canada

There are many students, workers and even visitors that come to Canada and eventually desire to stay in Canada permanently. However, this is easier said than done. Gaining permanent residency in Canada is not an easy endeavor. Yet, there are many ways to obtain permanent residency in Canada, if you are eligible. Much like any other immigration application process, in order to apply for permanent residency in Canada has eligibility requirements depending on which route you intend on taking to gain permanent residency. Therefore, in this article, I will address the different ways to obtain permanent residency in Canada and what each option entails.

Different Ways to Obtain Permanent Residency in Canada

Depending on the program or route you intend on taking in order to obtain permanent residency in Canada, it will require different eligibility criteria from you in order to qualify. It is extremely important to recognize whether you are eligible to apply under a specific program, prior to applying. Below, I will explain in detail each different way to obtain permanent residency in Canada.

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How to Obtain a NAFTA Work Permit

How to Obtain a NAFTA Work Permit

Steps in Obtaining a NAFTA Work Permit

Canada is a progressive country that highly values their economy and the individuals who contribute to it. There are many more individuals coming to Canada for work opportunities, especially skilled foreign nationals. As a result, Canada has implemented beneficial options for these individuals, whether to immigrate to Canada or simply just to work. In order to legally work in Canada, one must apply for a work permit prior to doing so. Furthermore, if you are an American or a Mexican national, you will need a NAFTA work permit. Therefore, in this article, I will address what a NAFTA Work Permit is, who is eligible to apply, and how to apply for a NAFTA Work Permit in Canada.

What is a NAFTA Work Permit

Before explaining what a NAFTA work permit is, I must first explain what the abbreviation NAFTA means. NAFTA is the North American Free Trade Agreement. It was established and created in order to be the world’s largest free trade. It is essentially an agreement between three countries – Canada, the United States, and Mexico. It came into effect on January 1 of 1994 and was signed by Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Mexican President Carlos Salinas and U.S. President George H.W. Bush.

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Different Types of Work Permit for Canada

Different Types of Work Permit for Canada

Work Permit Eligibility

Do you want to work in Canada? Do you feel like the job and/or career opportunities are better here than in your home country? If so, you should apply for a work permit. It is important to note that a work permit is necessary for all foreign nationals that wish to work and contribute to the Canadian economy. In some circumstances, a work permit is not needed. In this article I will explain in detail, who is eligible for a work permit and who is not, how to start the process of obtaining a work permit and further steps.

What is an Open Work permit?

An open work permit is a work permit that is not job-specific. Due to it not being job-specific, you will not need the following when you apply for a work permit:

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Employers who will not need an LMIA

Employers who will not need an LMIA

Employers who will NOT need an LMIA: Exemptions based on Agreements

You may already know that most employers will require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before they can hire a temporary foreign worker. However, there are always exceptions; not all employers need to obtain a positive LMIA before they may hire a temporary foreign worker. If you are not sure whether you need an LMIA, or you think that you might be exempt from the normal LMIA requirements, please read this blog for more information.

Two Categories of LMIA Exemptions

There are two broad categories of LMIA exemptions:

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Who Qualifies under NAFTA Work Permit

Who Qualifies under NAFTA Work Permit

NAFTA Work Permit

NAFTA is an agreement between three countries that allows a worker from any of these countries to go and work in any of the three countries that are party to the agreement of NAFTA. It makes the job of a worker to get a visa to work and live in Canada much easier on temporary basis for the reasons of employment. The countries that are party to this agreement include Canada, America and Mexico. This agreement does not apply to workers who are coming from any other country apart from these three countries. Other foreign workers have to follow a different visa procedure to enter Canada for employment. NAFTA Work Permit allows its citizens to find employment in signatory countries without the need to apply for Labour Market Impact assessment (LMIA). NAFTA saves time and money of the citizens through its own visa process. LMIA is a lengthy process where the employer has to arrange an employment for a foreign worker. The employer waits until no Canadian or a permanent resident is found to fill the position. Under NAFTA no employer has to arrange a job instead the worker comes to the border and applies for the visa. There are various categories that fall under NAFTA. These categories are mentioned below:

  • NAFTA Intra-Company Transfers

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