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Canadian Business Visitor Visa

An economically rich and growing economy, Canada presents a host of investment and business opportunities to entrepreneurs and investors all across the world. But, to explore investment options, merchandising opportunities, interact with Canadian business counterparts and participate in trade seminars, foreign nationals must obtain a Business Visitor Visa to Canada.


Individuals are considered for a business visitor visa if they are planning to pay a visit Canada for a short duration to: -
  • explore opportunities to grow their trading activities,
  • invest in a Canadian business, or
  • advance trade and commerce relationships in the country.

As a business visitor, individuals must demonstrate that :-

  • they plan to travel to the Canadian nation for a period less than six months,
  • they have no intentions of entering the Canadian labor market,
  • their main workplace, and source of income lies outside the geographical boundaries of Canada,
  • they have documents to support their tourist visitor visa application
  • they duly meet Canada’s basic entry requirements, i.e.
    • they have a valid travel document, such as a passport,
    • they have enough funds to support their stay and return journey,
    • they plan to leave Canada at the end of their visit, and
    • they do not have a security, criminal or health risk to Canadian residents.
Cross-border business

Cross - border business activities that can be undertaken with a business visitor visa include:-

  • purchasing Canadian goods and/or services for an international government or business,
  • going for procuring orders for goods and/or services,
  • going for conferences, meetings, conventions or for trade fairs
  • giving for the purpose of managing after-sales service,
  • going as a trainee at a parent company nestled in Canada that the visitor work's for in his/her native nation,
  • giving training to employees of a branch located in Canada, or
  • attending training session at a Canadian company that has sold equipment or services to the visitor.
Apply to Travel

In order to apply for a Business Visitor visa, an individual needs to apply for an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) or a visitor visa to travel to Canada. Find out if you need an eTA or a visa.

If an individual needs an eTA to travel to Canada, he/she must:

  • obtain the travel document when he/she plans to visit Canada. Try and not apply at the last moment.
  • travel to Canada with the same passport used for obtaining an eTA.
  • If an individual needs a visitor visa to visit the Canadian nation, he/she must send certain documents with his/her application to the immigration office. These may include:
  • an invitation letter from the potential business partner in Canada, and
  • 24-hour contact details.

Individuals may also need identification proofs or cards which can verify that they are employed to travel to Canada.

Note: As per the North American Free Trade Agreement, a U.S. or Mexican national can also participate in other activities such as marketing, research and general services.

Admissibility to Canada

Once an individual submits his/her application for visa, the immigration office will review it and ensure it complete and has all the relevant documents attached. If the application is complete, individuals may be asked to:-

  • appear for a medical examination to prove that they are in good health to travel to Canada
  • obtain a policy certificate stating that they do not have any criminal records
  • appear for an interview at the Canadian immigration office.

On the other hand, in case an application is rejected, the applicant will be duly informed by the immigration officials along with the reason for refusal of the visa application. While there is no formal appeal process, individuals can apply again for a visitor visa to travel to the Canadian nation.

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Q1. What is a business visitor visa?

Foreign nationals planning to travel to Canada for a short duration of time to conduct trade and commerce need a valid Business Visitor Visa. With one in hand, individuals can also travel through the country, visit sites and enjoy leisure activities.

Q2. Does a business visitor visa guarantees my entry in Canada?

A valid business visitor visa and travel documents do not guarantee that you may be permitted to enter the Canadian nation. A border services officer may deny you entry if: -

  • your case or purpose to travel to Canada has changed, or
  • you gave incomplete or false information to the immigration officials at the time of filing the visa application

Q3. What if I want to extend my stay in Canada?

If you wish to extend your stay in Canada, you must apply for an extension 30 days prior to the expiry of your visa. Our immigration consultants can provide you with the essential information about the various immigration options available.

Q4. What happens after I send my application for business visitor visa?

The application is received by the Canadian immigration officials and they undertake the following steps to process your application:-

  • review the application and ensure it is complete
  • do a background screening to determine whether you are admissible or not
  • send you instructions regarding medical examination in case you did not give one prior to submitting the application,
  • determine whether you need to attend an interview or not, and
  • inform you about the decision made regarding your travel application.

If you apply online, the immigration officials shall contact you through your MyCIC account. On the other hand, if you had applied for you travel visa on paper, the immigration officials shall get in touch you through the contact information entered on the application form.

Q5. Am I allowed to work while in Canada with a Business Visitor Visa?

No. The Business Visitor Visa does not give permission to work in the Canadian nation.

Q6. Why do application processing times change for some visitor visas?

Typically the visitor visa application processing times depend on the number of applications received in a month by the immigration offices. Applications are processed in a systematic manner and some may take longer to process than others depending upon a number of factors such as complete information, documents, etc.

Q7. What should I do if my application is rejected?

Canada does not offer any formal appeal process to applicants of business visitor visas in case of rejected applications. However, you can apply fresh. Ensure your application is complete and you have furnished all the necessary documents to avoid refusal again.

Q8. Why do processing times differ from one immigration office to the other?

Different visa immigration offices face different challenges. Several factors affect the processing times. These include: -

  • the resources available at the immigration office,
  • the number of visa applications received,
  • the time an applicant takes to respond to the request for furnishing information,
  • the time taken for medical and security screening, and
  • the mail service efficiency.

Q9. Are there any specific categories of people allowed to apply for a business visitor visa?

Yes. Business visitors are typically categorized in one of the following categories. These are:-

  • Employees of a foreign company contracting a Canadian company
  • Foreign trainers and trainees including intra-company training individuals
  • After-sales service providers,
  • Individuals attending a board of director’s meeting,
  • Temporary residents such as personal assistants or caregivers

Q10. Why use the services of WWICS?

Obtaining a Canadian business visitor visa can be a tedious task. Availing the services of an expert consultant such as WWICS can save you time, money and efforts. With a team of qualified professionals who have years of experience in visa, immigration and settlement process, WWICS guides you through the entire visitor

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