Canada Business Visas

Business immigration seeks to attract individuals with business and/or managerial experience who will contribute to the development of the Canadian economy.

If you’re looking to make an investment in Canada or to start/acquire a business in Canada, there may be several avenues for you to choose from. You can either apply under the federal start-up visa program or, if you know which province/territory in which you plan to reside, you can look at the different investor or entrepreneur options under the provincial business immigration programs.

  • Federal Start-Up Visa Program

If you plan to build an innovative business in Canada, the start-up visa program could be an option for you.

  • Quebec Business Immigration

If you’re planning on living in the province of Quebec as an investor or entrepreneur, there are several options under the Quebec business immigration programs.

  • PNP Business Immigration

Many other Canadian provinces have business immigration programs under their Provincial Nominee Programs.

Canada Federal Business/Investor Immigration

The goal of Canada’s business immigration programs is to promote economic development and employment by attracting investors, entrepreneurs and self-employed individuals from outside Canada with venture capital, business acumen and entrepreneurial skills.

Federal programs

Canada’s Investor Business Immigration Program.

The Canadian business immigration programs also seek to develop new commercial opportunities and improve access to growing foreign markets by welcoming people who are familiar with those markets and their special requirements and customs. Individuals with business/managerial experience and relatively high net worth may be eligible to apply for a Canada Immigration (permanent resident) Visa under one of the Canadian business immigration programs under one of the following three sub-categories:

Entrepreneur Start-up Visa Program: Start-Up Visa Entrepreneurs must secure funding and support from a designated Canadian investment organization. To do so, they must have a plan for a unique business that will be created in Canada.

Self-Employed Persons Program: To qualify as a self-employed person, an individual must be willing and able to support him/herself and any dependents with self-employed income as a farmer, athlete, or artisan.

Processing Fees

Business immigration processing fees also vary from one Canadian Immigration Visa office to another.

 If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for Canada  visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Canada Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.

Quebec Business Immigration

The Quebec Business Immigration programs are available to individuals with the required entrepreneurial, investor, or self-employed experience who wish to settle in the province of Quebec.

Entrepreneurial, investor, or self-employed investors who wish to settle in the province of Quebec.

All applicants under the Quebec Business Immigration programs must show that they are capable of becoming economically established in Canada and have the intention of settling in the province of Quebec following acceptance. Successful applicants will receive a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ) and will then have to meet Government of Canada requirements before being approved for permanent residence.

There are three Quebec Business Immigration programs, each with its own requirements and selection process:

  • Quebec Investor Program

To qualify as an investor, an individual must have a specified net worth, managerial experience and be willing to make a government-secured investment for a period of five years. Financing of this investment is available through Canadian financial institutions. NOTE: This program is suspended from November 1, 2019 to July 1, 2020.

  • Quebec Entrepreneur Program

To qualify as an entrepreneur, an individual must have a specified net worth, business project, deposit amount (start-up and security) and be willing and able to establish or acquire a business in Quebec and participate actively in a managerial role.

  • Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program

To qualify as a self-employed worker, an individual must have a specified net worth, have work experience in the profession or trade that he or she intends to practice in Quebec and deposit a specified amount based on the region where they will be working

Business Visitors – Work Without A Work Permit

In many cases, business visitors to Canada do not require a Canadian work permit.

A business visitor is a foreign national who comes to Canada to participate in international business activities, but who will not enter the Canadian labour market.

Canada is one of the world’s largest economies, attracting thousands of short-term business visitors each year. With an international market-oriented economy and as a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation (OECD) and the Group of 7 (G7), as well as signatory to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canada strives to ensure that international business visitors can come to Canada on business trips.

Business visitors must demonstrate the following:

  • they plan to stay for less than six months,
  • they do not plan to enter the Canadian labour market,
  • the main place of business, and source of income and profits, is outside Canada,
  • they have documents that support their application and
  • they meet Canada’s basic entry requirements, because they
  • have a valid travel document, such as a passport,
  • have enough money for their stay and to return home,
  • plan to leave Canada at the end of your visit, and
  • are not a criminal, security or health risk to Canadians.

There are a number of reasons why an individual may come to Canada as a business visitor, including:

  • Attending business meetings, conferences, conventions, fairs, etc;
  • Buying Canadian goods or services on behalf of a foreign entity;
  • Taking orders for goods or services;
  • Providing after-sales service, excluding hands-on work in the construction trades;
  • Being trained by a Canadian parent company for work outside of Canada; and
  • Training employees of a Canadian subsidiary of a foreign company.

Business visitors to Canada may require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

Allowing international business people to do business in Canada is important for the continued economic success of the country. Similarly, countries that have trade agreements and strong economic partnerships with Canada generally allow Canadian business visitors to enter their countries as smoothly as possible. Visa reciprocity is an important aspect of Canada’s business outlook and economic success.

 If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for Canada  visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Canada Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.

After-sales or lease services

Individual repairing and servicing, supervising installers, and setting up and testing commercial or industrial equipment (including computer software) may be considered business visitors, and as such may not require a Canadian work permit.

Setting up does not include hands-on installation generally performed by construction or building trades, such as electricians or pipe fitters.

This provision also applies to individuals seeking entry to repair or service specialized equipment purchased or leased outside Canada, provided the service is being performed as part of the original or extended sales agreement, lease/rental agreement, warranty or service contract.

After-sales and lease services also include situations where the sales or lease agreement or purchase order is for a software upgrade to operate previously sold or leased equipment. A service person coming to Canada to install, configure or give training on the upgraded software may be considered a business visitor. A sales or lease agreement or purchase order for upgraded software is a new contract for a new product. Please note that hands-on building and construction work is not covered by this provision.

Warranty or service agreement

For warranty or service agreements, contracts must have been negotiated as part of the original sales or lease/rental agreements or be an extension of the original agreement in order for the foreign national to be considered a business visitor.

Service contracts negotiated with third parties after the signing of the sales or lease/rental agreement are not covered by this provision. Where the work to be performed in Canada is not covered under a warranty, a work permit and a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is generally required.

Individuals not considered business visitors

In situations where a Canadian employer has directly contracted for services from a non-Canadian company, the employee of the foreign company performing the services for the Canadian company requires a Canadian work permit.

This situation arises most often in the context of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The service provider is not to be considered a business visitor simply because he or she is not directly receiving remuneration from a Canadian source. Since there is a contract between the Canadian company and the foreign worker’s employer, there is an entry to the Canadian labour market. And because the foreign employer is receiving payment for the service that is being provided, it is deemed that the worker is receiving payment from a Canadian source. Consequently, the worker cannot be considered a business visitor.

For example, an infrastructure project in Canada contracts the services of a U.S.-based urban planning firm, which sends a small team to Canada work on site. The team members are working in Canada, and the firm is receiving compensation for being engaged on the project. Therefore, the team members do not meet the criteria as business visitors to Canada.

Individuals who plan to enter the Canadian labour market may require a Temporary Work Permit.

Other individuals working in Canada for short-term periods and in certain situations may work work in Canada without a work permit, while not necessarily being considered business visitors.

 If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for Canada  visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Canada Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.