CANADA Temporary Resident Visa – Visitor Visa (Business) is a visa issued to people who are traveling to Canada for short-term business activities. This may include negotiating business contracts, attending exhibitions or conferences, invest, or advance your business relationships. Business visitors must prove that their main source of income and their main place of business are outside Canada.

Generally, a visitor visa for business travelling purpose can only allow a person to make a short stay in Canada and should return to the country of origin or enter a third country within the time specified on the visa.

Applicants for business visitor visa must have sufficient evidence to approve their visit to Canada is based on business needs without any other intent. In the process of approving a business visa, the visa officer weighs a lot on the invitation letter including the content of the invitation letter and whether the inviter does have commercial activities.

When apply for a business visitor visa, the applicant’s work and educational background is also a key factor. If the applicant does not work in the company he claims to be, the application will be refused once the truth is found out. Therefore, it is applicant’s responsibility to make sure the purpose of visit is genuine.


Documents Checklist

  • a passport or travel document that is valid for your entire stay
  • letters of support from your parent company and a letter of invitation from the Canadian host business or a Letter of Recognition from the Canada Border Services Agency
  • other documents such as warranty or service agreements, or contracts, if relevant to your visit
  • 24-hour contact details of your business host in Canada
  • proof that you have enough money for both your stay in Canada and your return home

Canadian companies must write a letter of invitation when they host business visitors from abroad. 

The letter must include information about the person being invited:

  • complete name
  • date of birth, if known
  • the company represented and the person’s position
  • the person’s address and telephone number (both work and home)
  • your company’s relationship to the invitee and your business history together
  • the purpose of the trip (if part of a longer-term project, please provide context)
  • the length of time the person will be visiting your company in Canada
  • accommodation and living expenses that your company will cover and
  • the date the person intends to leave Canada, if known.


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