Getting a Canadian Business Visa

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Dow Staff asked 6 months ago

Do I Have To Be Travelling To Canada On Business To Get a Business Visa if coming to Canada for business purposes.

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Dow Staff answered 6 months ago
Do I Have To Be Travelling To Canada On Business To Get a Business Visa?
As a general rule, it is best to get a Business Visa only if you’re coming to Canada for business purposes. The reason for this is that there are many other kinds of visas available for other needs and circumstances.
 
What Is a Business Visitor?
A business visitor is someone who intends to be involved with international business activities without initially being involved in the Canadian Labour Market. Generally, people who are coming to Canada as business visitors have three potential goals, these include; looking for an opportunity to grow your business, to invest or to advance business relationships. These are goals which can ultimately be continued from home, but it may be important to start them off in Canada itself, which is why most business visitors tend to stay for a few days to a couple of weeks, but can stay for up to 6 months.
 
Business Visitors vs Business People
First we need to establish that business visitors and business people are not the same thing. One big difference is that business visitors do not need a work permit in order to carry out work within Canada, but they will need to be able to prove that they have a job and income which will take them back to the UK once their business visa has expired. An additional point which is good to note, is that if you’re coming to Canada to work for a Canadian company instead of your own business, you may need a work permit as opposed to a business visa.
Business people are those who will come to Canada to do business which is established under a free trade agreement. There are three agreements which could be included in this, these are; the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), Other Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), or a General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).
 
What You’ll Need When Entering On a Business Visa
When coming to Canada on a business visa, there are lots of things you’re likely to need to be prepared with to ensure your entry goes as smoothly as possible. The first of these is a passport or other accepted travel document which needs to remain valid for the entirety of your stay (your passport does not need to be a Canadian passport). Additionally, there are two things which may be applicable to your travels which are a Visitor Visa or an Electronic Travel Authorisation, but your need for these will depend on your personal travel circumstances. You will also need to be able to prove that you have enough money to live throughout your stay and also that you can afford to return home when your visa expires. Another thing you’ll need to bring is any documents relevant to your visit, this could be a warranty, service agreement or contract.
Furthermore, there are some things you will need from the companies involved in your work, the first of these is a support letter from the company you’re working for in the UK alongside a Letter of Invitation from the company which is hosting you in Canada or a Letter of Recognition from the Canadian Border Services Agency. You will also need to be able to provide details that can be used to contact your host company in Canada, these need to be available 24 hours a day.