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Business Visitors

Canada is a beautiful country with an educated, skilled workforce, excellent schools and quality healthcare. It's no wonder that many professionals from around the globe want to visit Canada! Business visitors to Canada come for many reasons:

  • Professional conference or meetings
  • Educational opportunities
  • Exploring new business opportunities in Canada
  • Visiting Canada-based locations or offices

What Is A Canadian Business Visitor?

IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) governs the Canadian government's immigration rules and regulations. IRCC defines a Business Visitor as someone who comes to Canada:

  • for international business activities
  • does not directly enter the Canadian labour market

Business Visitors do not need a Work Permit to enter Canada and must be able to prove that their main source of income and main place of business is not in Canada. Under IRCC rules, business visitors and business people are not the same. Business people come to do work in Canada under a free trade agreement.

The foreign national who wants to enter Canada is responsible for completing the correct immigration paperwork and incorrect classification can cause you to be barred from entering Canada or cause costly delays. It can be confusing whether you are classified as a business visitor, a business person or a business immigrant. Consulting an Immigration Lawyer about your classification and documentation required to enter Canada can protect you and your business.

New IRCC Rule to Protect Abused Immigrants Effective Immediately

IRCC announced two initiatives to protect vulnerable immigrants who are abused by their employer or victims of family violence. Open Work Permits for Abused Immigrants Effective ...

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How Can I Work in Canada Without A Work Permit?

Professionals who want to enter Canada may not need a work permit or LMIA if they qualify as a Professional under the NAFTA Business Visitor After Sales Service category R186(a). If ...

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How Can I Move to Canada As a Business Immigrant?

Canada's Business Immigration Program welcomes individuals who want to move to Canada and start a business or who want to be self-employed in Canada. It is managed under Immigration, ...

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Volunteering in Canada Without a Work Permit

Visitors to Canada cannot work in Canada without a work permit. Many visitors to Canada want to know if they can volunteer without a work permit. Sometimes the volunteer work involves ...

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Press Release: Soaring Canada Temporary Resident Visa Refusal Rates Negatively Impacts Tourism and the Economy

For Immediate Release Source: Ackah Business Immigration Law August 23, 2018 10:00 MT Soaring Canada Temporary Resident Visa Refusal Rates Negatively Impacts Tourism ...

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Temporary Resident Visas Refused by Canada (WATCH)

This month a report was issued on the number of Temporary Resident Visas (TRV) the Canadian government has refused in the last year. The trend is definitely going up - according to The ...

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Calculate Your Express Entry Score

Are you qualified to move to Canada? Express Entry is Canada's skilled-worker immigration application process for high-skilled foreign workers and international students who ...

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I have had the pleasure of working with Evelyn Ackah on various immigration, LMIA, permanent residency and border issues for the past seven years. Evelyn and her team are the ultimate resources for any employer seeking to navigate the ever changing legal climate in a timely and professional manner. Evelyn’s wealth of knowledge, experience and industry connections coupled with her ability to simplify complex legal processes have made her my ‘go-to’ resource for all issues pertaining to business immigration.

– Eileen Marley, Human Resources Business Partner - Corporate and Concord

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