A business visitor is someone who comes to Canada:
- for international business activities
- without directly entering the Canadian labour market
Examples of this include someone who comes to Canada:
- to meet people from companies doing business with their country
- to observe site visits
- because a Canadian company invited them for training in:
- product use
- other business transaction functions
They don’t need a work permit to come to Canada.
Business visitors must prove that their main source of income and their main place of business are outside Canada.
You aren’t considered a business visitor, and may need to get a work permit, if you’re doing work for a Canadian company. For example, you’re an employee sent by a foreign company to fulfill a contract with a Canadian company.
Business visitors and business people are not the same. Business people come to do work in Canada under a free trade agreement. Learn more about business people.