A business visitors does not need a special visa to enter Canada. He only needs a Temporary Residence Visa (TRV) or an electronic travel authorization (eTA) depending upon the country of origin. Visitor visa cover all visitors, including those coming to Canada on a business visit. Business visitor who are covered under Visitor Visa are those who are visiting only for international business activities and they do not have any intend to directly enter the Canadian labour market
Examples include those business visitors who are in Canada:
Business visitors don’t need a work permit, for these type of activities, to come to Canada. But these visitors must prove that their main source of income and their main place of business is outside Canada. They are paid or are earning from the company or concern who is based and operating outside Canada.
Business Visitor Must Affirm:
If working for a foreign employer, they must assure that:
Foreign employees visiting Canada for ‘After Sales Service’
Canadian company might need employees of foreign company for special kind of repairs or services or as supervise installers and to set up and test commercial or industrial equipment or to train prospective users or maintenance staff in the operation of specialized equipment. Such services must be part of the contractual obligation in the contract of sale for the equipment in Canada.
Attending Board of Directors Meetings
Members of a board of directors who enter Canada to attend a meeting of Board of Directors, are eligible to do so as business visitors. These member might get paid for their time spent in Canada but they are working and being paid by a foreign company so this does mean that they are entering Canadian labour market.
Employees of the Temporary Residents
Professions or the specialised staff might coming to Canada as business visitor might be eligible for a domestic servants or a personal assistants or live-in caregivers. All this staff will be consider as Temporary business visitor if these foreign worker work for the senior employees of the foreign company and are paid by the foreign company. If the temporary resident, and subsequently their employee(s), extends their stay for more than 6 months or they are being paid from the Canadian operations, they will be considered as entering Canadian Labour Market so a Labour Market Opinion and Work Permit might be required.
Business People under Free Trade Agreement
Business visitors are different from business people as defined in Free Trade Agreements. Business people come to do work in Canada under a free trade agreement like NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and few other trade agreements. Under NAFTA all business visitors coming in to do after-sales services for work periods longer than 2 days must be documented in a Visitor Record. This requirement is for facilitation and a control measure.
Despite having a valid TRV or eTA, a CBSA officer at the Canadian Port of Entry has all right to refuse admission to any foreign traveller if after examination of documents or initial interview, he is of the view that there is a difference between what is being presented now from the one which was presented at the time of seeking visa. The most important consideration is whether the person will leave Canada at the expiry of his visitor status or not. So all visitors must demonstrate that the purpose of their visit to Canada is of a temporary nature and they are here for the same reason as they have mentioned at time of their application.