Do I Need a Work Visa for business meetings in Ottawa?

As the capital of Canada, Ottawa is a key destination for international business. As such, many people from across the globe have to attend business meetings in Ottawa.

If you are conducting business of any kind, including attending a business meeting, and you are from a country that is not on the visa-exempt list you will have to obtain a business visitor visa.

What is the difference between a work permit and a business visitor visa?

The difference between a work permit and a business visitor visa is that activities such as business meetings only necessitate a business visitor visa. However, if you are going to be working in Canada for a Canadian employer as well as earning an income from that Canadian employer, you must get a work permit or work visa.

Some of the activities that can be conducted on a business visitor visa are attending conventions, conducting site visits, attending different types of training or buying goods.

Qualifying for a business visitor visa for Ottawa

There are two main requirements when it comes to qualifying for a Canadian business visitor visa. They are:

1. You must not be criminally inadmissible or medically inadmissible to Canada. This could cause you to be denied entry to Canada and denied for a business visitor visa.

2. You must be employed by a company that is outside of Canada.

You will also need to demonstrate a number of things in order to obtain a business visitor visa, including:

1. Proof that you will not overstay your visa as evidenced by strong ties to your home country.
2. A letter from your employer stating that you are not coming to Canada for employment purposes.
3. A full copy of your itinerary in Canada, from entry to exit.

Business visitor visas are not easy to get! Please contact us before your next important business meeting in Ottawa to see if you will require a business visitor visa. We can help you obtain one.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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