Business Visa Canada


People frequently ask us about how to obtain a Canada business visa. With a strong, stable, dynamic economy, world-class infrastructure and leading-edge research and development, Canada is attracting global businesses and investors. Whether you are a temporary business visitor, a self-employed person, an innovative entrepreneur, or a business owner or manager, Canada and its provinces and territories have many programs and opportunities. Be sure to contact us for an eligibility assessment to see if you may qualify for any of Canada’s temporary or permanent business immigration programs.


As a temporary business visitor to Canada, you may:

  • come to take part in international business activities without being part of the Canadian labour market

  • visit Canada to
    • look for ways to grow your business
    • invest
    • advance your business relationships

Business visitors usually stay in Canada for a few days or a few weeks but are generally able to stay for up to 6 months. Most business visitors will need either a temporary resident visa (TRV), also known as a Business Visa, or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), depending on which passport is being used to travel.  Be sure to contact us for a full checklist of all documentation required to help facilitate a smooth entrance into Canada for your business visit.

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The Self-employed Persons Program allows people to immigrate to Canada permanently as a self-employed person.

To qualify for this program, you must:

  • have two years of relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics
  • be willing and able to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada
  • show that you intend to become self-employed in Canada

Your experience is relevant if you have taken part in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level or been a self-employed person in cultural activities or athletics. You must also score at least 35 points on a selection grid designed to determine whether you will be able to make an economic contribution to Canada. Are you eligible for this business visa permanent residence opportunity?

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Canada’s Start-up Visa Program targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada that:

  • are innovative
  • can create jobs for Canadians
  • can compete on a global scale

To be eligible for the Start-up Visa Program, you must:

  • have a qualifying business
  • get a letter of support from a designated organization
  • meet the language requirements
  • bring enough money to settle

Do you have an innovate business idea? Are you ready to pitch your business idea? Are you interested in learning how to obtain a canada business visa?

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The entrepreneur and investor immigration streams of Canada’s provinces and territories are diverse and varied. Eligible applicants may apply through the  Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). PNP is a path to immigrate to Canada and settle in a province or territory; it is a great option for many investors or experienced entrepreneurs and managers who can support innovation and economic growth in a province or territory. Investment opportunities begin as low as $100,000 Canadian dollars.

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International Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) contain provisions to facilitate, on a reciprocal basis, temporary entry for business persons. Access to business activities in Canada through international free trade agreements can be utilized as a stepping stone to permanent residency for eligible candidates.

The following trade agreements facilitate the entry of many professionals and business people for work in Canada:

  • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Canada-Chile FTA / Canada-Peru FTA / Canada-Colombia FTA / Canada-Korea FTA
  • Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
  • General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
  • Canada–Panama Free Trade Agreement
  • Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

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