Work Permits For Business People In Canada
Business people can work in Canada under simplified rules. Business visitors do not need a work permit, while investors, traders, intra-company transferees, and business professionals require a work permit that is LMIA-exempt. Rules are in Canada trade agreements. Read what rules apply to business people from countries under GATS, NAFTA, CETA, and other trade agreements.
What Are The Work Permit Rules For Business People In Canada?
Different categories of business participants can work in Canada. The rules of their work in Canada are governed by Canada trade agreements.
Business visitors and business people are terms with a different meaning.
Business people are those who come to do business in Canada under a free trade agreement.
So, work permit rules for business people can be found in Canada trade agreements, as discussed below.
Canada Trade Agreements Rules - Work Permits For Business People
The rules for obtaining a work permit for business people are prescribed in Canada trade agreements:
- General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
- North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
- Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
- Other Free Trade Agreements
General Agreement On Trade In Services (GATS)
1) Business visitors do not need a work permit under GATS.
2) Professionals need a work permit that is LMIA-exempt under GATS.
3) Intra-company transferees need a work permit that is LMIA-exempt under GATS.
Qualified business people can enter Canada more easily because they do not need an LMIA from the Government of Canada or, in the case of business visitors, a work permit.
GATS Member States
- Antigua & Barbuda
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- Costa Rica
- Côte d'Ivoire
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Hong Kong
- Korea, Republic of
- New Zealand
- Saint Lucia
- St. Kitts & Nevis
- St.Vincent & the Grenadines
- Sierra Leone
- Slovak Republic
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad & Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
NAFTA allows business people of Canada, Mexico, and the United States to get a fast entry into each other’s countries for business or investment reasons. NAFAT business people do not need an LMIA. Under NAFTA, business people must meet the general regulations for a temporary visit to Canada.
There are four groups of business people under NAFTA:
1) Business visitor - can stay up to 6 months - work permit is not required.A business visitor is someone who visits Canada to take part in global business activities without being a part of the Canadian labour market. They can stay in Canada for up to 6 months and don’t need a work permit.
2) Intra-company transferees - LMIA-exempt work permit is required.An intra-company transferee is a person who transfers from one NAFTA state to Canada but within the company. They necessarily have worked on an ongoing basis for at least 1 year in the last 3 years, for the same or a related employer and need a work permit.
3) Professionals - LMIA-exempt work permit is required.
Professionals must be suitable to work in one of the NAFTA set jobs, have a Canadian business job offer in that sphere and need a Canadian work permit.
Professionals are business persons who enter to provide pre-arranged professional services— either as a salaried employee of a Canadian enterprise, through a contract between the business person and a Canadian employer, or through a contract between the American or Mexican employer of the business person and a Canadian enterprise. Professionals enter to provide services in the field for which they are qualified.
List of Eligible Professions Under NAFTA
- Computer Systems Analyst
- Disaster Relief Insurance Claims Adjuster (claims Adjuster employed by an insurance company located in the territory of a Party, or an independent claims adjuster)
- Graphic Designer
- Hotel Manager (See note below for further details.)
- Industrial Designer
- Interior Designer
- Land Surveyor
- Landscape Architect
- Lawyer (including Notary in the Province of Quebec)
- Management Consultant
- Mathematician (including statistician and Actuary)
- Range Manager/Range Conservationalist
- Research assistant (working in a post-secondary educational institution)
- Scientific Technician/ Technologist
- Social Worker
- Sylviculturist (including Forestry Specialist)
- Technical Publications Writer
- Urban Planner (including Geographer)
- Vocational Counsellor
- Medical Laboratory Technologist (Canada)/ Medical Technologist (Mexico and the U.S.)
- Occupational Therapist
- Physician (teaching or research only)
- Physiotherapist/Physical Therapist
- Recreational Therapist
- Registered Nurse
- Agriculturist (including Agronomist)
- Animal Breeder
- Animal Scientist
- Biologist (including Plant Pathologist)
- Dairy Scientist
- Geophysicist (including Oceanographer in Mexico and the U.S.)
- Physicist (including Oceanographer in Canada)
- Plant Breeder
- Poultry Scientist
- Soil Scientist
- Teacher (college, seminary, university)
4) Traders and investors - LMIA-exempt work permit is required.Traders and investors are persons who are involved in planning, as a supervisor or executive, or in a role that involves essential skills in a field of trade between Canada and their country. They must also meet any other rules of NAFTA and need a work permit.
Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic And Trade Agreement (CETA)
It helps the entry of certain covered business persons who are citizens of Canada and EU member states by removing the requirement for LMIA.
Under CETA, there are 4 categories of business people:
1) Business visitors and business visitors for investment purposes. Work permit is not required.
2) Investors. LMIA-exempt work permit is required.
3) Independent professionals and contractual service suppliers. LMIA-exempt work permit is required.
4) Intra-corporate (company) transferees and spouses. LMIA-exempt work permit is required.
Countries Participants in CETA
7. Czech Republic
29. United Kingdom
Other Canada Free Trade Agreements
The Canada-Korea FTA
The Canada-Chile FTA
The Canada-Colombia FTA
The Canada-Peru FTA
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