There are a number of subdivisions under this category, but all business visitors must meet the following general criteria:
1. There must be no intent to enter the Canadian labour market (there will be no gainful employment in the country)
2. The worker’s activity in Canada must be international in scope (it is assumed that a business visitor will engage in cross-border activity of some sort)
3. For business visitors in Canada working for a foreign employer, the following criteria are assumed:
i) The primary source of the worker’s compensation is outside of Canada
ii) The principal place of employment is located outside of Canada
iii) The employer’s profits are accrued outside of Canada
iv) When travelling to Canada, a business visitors should be prepared to present immigration officials with documentation that attests to their desired status in Canada. This documentation will vary on a case-by-case basis. Often, items such as a letter of support from a parent company or letter of invitation from a Canadian company can help to bolster one’s likelihood of acceptance as a business visitor.
There are many exceptions to these regulations. We can help you navigate these complexities.