加拿大商务访客签证 Business Visitor Visas



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.

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商务访客概览 Overview



  • 在加拿大境内停留不超过6个月,
  • 无意进入加拿大劳动力市场,
  • 商业活动的主要经营地点、收入和利润来源在加拿大境外;
  • 可以提供充分的申请文件材料,
  • 符合入境条件:持有包括护照在内的有效旅行证件、证明拥有充足的资金用于逗留和返程、证明会在访问结束后离境,并证明不会对加拿大构成犯罪、安全或健康威胁。


  • 参加商务会谈、论坛、会议、交易展会等;
  • 代表外国实体购买加拿大商品或服务;
  • 接受货物或服务订单;
  • 提供售后服务,但不包括建筑行业实际工作;
  • 接受位于加拿大母公司的培训,以便在境外工作;和
  • 为外国公司驻加拿大子公司的员工提供培训。


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 Organization for Economic Co-operation (OECD) and the Group of 7 (G7), as well as signatory to the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA, or formerly known as NAFTA), Canada strives to ensure that international business visitors can come to Canada on business trips. Subject to the nature of the work, as well as the individual’s nationality, certain business visitors can enter the country to conduct business or trade activity without needing a work permit.

Business visitors to Canada 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.

商务访客与工作许可 Business Visitor vs Work Permit



Note that a business visitor visa is different from a Canadian work permit. You cannot enter the Canadian workforce as a business visitor. Business visitor visas are intended to allow short-term stays for business activities such as industry conferences, site visits, or training. If you are transferred to Canada by your company or are otherwise employed by a Canadian company, you will need a work permit. You can come to Canada as a visitor to search for Canadian employment.

However, you cannot legally work in Canada without a work permit. If you secure a job offer from a Canadian employer while in Canada on a visitor visa, you must apply for a work permit before you can begin working. Your application must be processed by the Canadian visa office responsible for the country in which you live or are a citizen, so you may be required to leave Canada during the course of your application processing. However, you can legally remain in Canada for as long as your visitor visa is valid.

如何申请加拿大商务访问签证 How to Apply for a Business Visitor Visa


There is no special visa for business visitors to Canada. Business visitors have to follow the normal application procedure for a visitor visa, or TRV, and will need to indicate that they are entering Canada for international business activities. Business visitors may be required to demonstrate proof of their activities to the border services officer at their port of entry. Some business visitors may be visa-exempt, if they are from visa-exempt countries. In these cases, the individual may still need an electronic travel authorization (eTA) if they arrive in Canada by air. Business visitors may bring family members with them to Canada, but each family member must complete their own visitor visa application.

北美自由贸易协定商务访客 NAFTA Business Visitors


NAFTA, or the North American Free Trade Agreement, reduces barriers between Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Under NAFTA, citizens of these countries can gain quick entry into each others’ countries for temporary business or investment reasons. NAFTA business visitors are one category of business people under NAFTA.

售后或租赁服务 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.

保修或服务协议 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.

非商务访客 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 Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (the former North American Free Trade Agreement, or 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 in Canada without a work permit, while not necessarily being considered business visitors.