Visit on Business

How you can qualify for a business visitor visa if:

  • You are looking for ways to expand your business
  • You are looking to invest in a business
  • You want to build and advance your business relationships

Some examples of reasons for doing cross border business can include:

  • Buying Canadian goods or services for a foreign business or government,
  • Taking orders for goods or services,
  • Going to meetings, conferences, conventions or trade fairs,
  • Giving after-sales service (managing, not doing hands-on labour),
  • Being trained by a Canadian parent company that you work for outside Canada,
  • Training employees of a Canadian branch of a foreign company or
  • Being trained by a Canadian company that has sold you equipment or services.


All business visitors must also apply for a temporary resident visa. Certain documents will also be required for this application which are:

  • A letter of invitation from your potential business partner in Canada
  • Contact details of that person.

The requirements for business visitor visa are:

  • Proof that you will leave after six months
  • No intention to enter into the Canadian Labour Market
  • Your main place of business, and source of income and profits, is outside Canada
  • Any and all documents that will support reasons for application
  • Meeting the basic entry requirements such as:
  • Valid travel documents/passport
  • Enough money to finance your stay and return back to your home county
  • Plan to leave Canada at the end of your visit and
  • You are not a criminal
  • You do not present any security or health risk to Canadians.

If you believe your stay will be more than six months you can apply and may be considered as a temporary worker which will require you to apply for a work permit.