Need to visit Canada for business

Canadian government provides a wide range of options for people visiting Canada. Usually, if you would like to work in Canada, you would have to apply for a work permit, but what if you just want to visit for a short period of time for a business meeting or to commence a business deal. In that case you may be eligible to apply for a business visa.

In most cases, you would be considered a business visitor if you temporarily came to Canada to:

  • look for ways to grow your business or
  • to invest or
  • to even advance any business relationships.

There is no separate application for a business visa; you would have to apply for a temporary resident visa, just like most visitors, unless you are from a visa exempt country. As the applicant, one of the main things that you need to prove is that your main source of income and place of business are outside of Canada. You would have to convince the officer that your visit is temporary and you intend to go back to your home country. You would have to display ties to your home country and present documents like, financial statements or proof of employment, which inherently strengthen your case, and help you establish your relationship with your home country.

In addition, you have to demonstrate that

  • your visit is less than six months,
  • you do not plan to enter the Canadian labour market
  • you need to have all the required documents, which prove that you are admissible (medically and criminally) and
  • you have enough money to sustain yourself during your visit, and enough money to return home.

For many people coming from visa exempt countries, the business visitor application usually can be filed at port of entry.

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