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Canada Business Visa for Nigerians

The Canada Business Visa is a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) for people who are visiting Canada to engage in business. This visa type will allow you to enter Canada and conduct your business for the validity period.

Due to competition, the application process for the Canada Business Visa can be time-consuming, complex, and stressful. By working with IAS, you can offload the burden of paperwork, procedures, and legal complexities to experts who will guide you through the process. Call us on +23413438882 or +44 (0) 3316300929 to book a consultation today.

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    Canada Business Visa Overview

    The Canada Business Visa, also known as the Canadian Business Visitor Visa, is designed for individuals who want to visit Canada for business-related activities. This visa allows foreign nationals to engage in business meetings, attend conferences or trade fairs, negotiate contracts, or explore investment opportunities in Canada.

    While on a Canada Business Visa, you are not allowed to work for or provide services to a Canadian entity or organisation. The primary purpose of the Canada Business Visa is to facilitate temporary visits for business-related activities rather than long-term employment or permanent residency.

    In some cases, you may be granted a multiple-entry visa, which enables you to enter Canada multiple times during the validity period of the visa.

    Types of Activities for Business Visitors

    As a business visitor in Canada, you are permitted to engage in a variety of activities that are considered acceptable under the business visitor category.

    Here are some examples of permissible activities for business visitors in Canada:

    • Attending business meetings and consultation
    • Participating in conferences, trade shows, exhibitions, or conventions relevant to your industry
    • Conducting market research
    • Undertaking training or product demonstrations
    • Exploring business opportunities
    • Attending job interviews or recruitment activities
    • Receiving training from a Canadian company that has provided you with products or services
    • Receiving orders for goods or services.
    • Attending meetings, conferences, conventions, or trade fairs.
    • Providing after-sales service within the scope of a warranty or sales agreement.
    • Undergoing training from a Canadian parent company while employed outside Canada.
    • Conducting training for employees of a Canadian branch of a foreign company.

    Canada Business Visa Requirements

    When applying for a Business Visa to Canada, you will typically be required to submit the following documents:

    • You must present a passport that is valid and will be valid for the entire time you plan to be in Canada. It should have at least one blank page for the visa stamp.
    • Complete the appropriate visa application form, such as the Visitor Visa (IMM 5257) or the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) application.
    • Recent passport-sized photographs.
    • Documents that demonstrate the purpose of your visit, such as an invitation letter from a Canadian business, conference registration etc
    • Evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover your travel expenses, including accommodation, transportation, and daily expenses while in Canada. Bank statements, letters of employment, and other financial records are examples of this.
    • Details of your intended travel plans, including flight reservations, hotel bookings, and any other relevant travel arrangements.
    • Paperwork that shows your strong ties and intention to return to your home country after your visit, such as property ownership, employment letters, family ties, or other compelling reasons to return.
    • Proof of medical insurance coverage for the duration of your stay in Canada to cover any medical emergencies that may arise.

    For a thorough document-checking service to ensure the validity and currency of your documents, please reach out to us. You can contact us at +23413438882 or reach out to us on +44 (0) 3316300929. Our team is ready to assist you make the process easier.

    How to Apply for a Canadian Business Visa

    Note that business visitors to Canada do not have a separate visa category designated specifically for them. Instead, you will be required to follow the standard application process for a Visitor Visa or Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). However, during the application, you must indicate that the purpose of entering Canada is for international business activities.

    Below are the steps to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to enable you to enter Canada as a business visitor:

    • Complete the application form: Fill out the appropriate application form online, which is typically the IMM 5257 Application for Temporary Resident Visa. Make sure that the information you provide is accurate and complete.
    • Pay the application fee: You need to pay the non-refundable fee and keep a copy of the payment receipt. The application fee for a Business Visa in Canada is CAD$100. This fee is for a single-entry visa. If you are applying for a multiple-entry visa, the fee is CAD$150.
    • Submit the application: Include the supporting documents when submitting your application to the appropriate Canadian visa application centre in Lagos or Abuja. You may need to book an appointment in advance or follow specific submission provided by the visa office
    • You will receive a Biometric Instruction Letter after submitting your application, specifying the nearest location to provide your biometrics. You will need to pay a separate biometrics fee of CAD$85. This fee covers the cost of collecting and processing your biometric information
    • Wait for processing: You will have to wait for the processing of your application to get a response for an interview
    • Attend visa interview at your nearest visa office in Nigeria

    Once your application is processed, you will receive a decision regarding your visa application. If approved, your passport will be stamped with the visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) will be issued electronically.

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      Length of Stay with a Valid Canadian Business Visa

      The Canadian Business Visa, being a type of Visitor Visa, allows individuals to stay in Canada for a maximum period of 6 months per visit. However, it is important to note that you should adhere to the duration of stay specified in your visa application, even if it is less than the maximum 6-month limit.

      While the Embassy has the discretion to issue a visa with a validity of up to 10 years, it is crucial to understand that the authorised period of stay remains up to 6 months per visit. This means that even if you hold a long-term visa, you must respect the allowed duration of each individual stay in Canada.

      You need to carefully plan your visit and ensure that you have a clear understanding of the purpose and length of your stay before submitting your visa application. Staying beyond the authorised period could result in immigration violations and future entry restrictions to Canada.

      If you require a longer stay in Canada, you may explore other immigration options, such as work permits, study permits, or applying for permanent residency, which offers extended periods of authorized stay.

      We are here to assist you if you need to extend your stay in Canada beyond the permitted six months. Contact us for expert assistance in exploring alternative immigration options for your circumstances. Our team is ready to guide you through the entire process and determine the best course of action to meet your needs. Call +23413438882 or +44 (0) 3316300929 for immediate assistance.

      Bringing Dependents with You as a Business Visitor in Canada

      As a business visitor, you are not allowed to bring your dependents into Canada with your Visitor Visa. However, they can accompany you by applying separately for a Visitor Visa or an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA).

      Your dependents must meet the same criteria as you in order to be eligible for a Visitor Visa or eTA, including possessing a current passport, proving they are not visiting Canada in order to work or study, and having enough money to cover their living expenses while they are there.

      Your spouse, common-law partner, and unmarried children under the age of 22 are all considered to be your dependents.

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        Canadian Business Immigration Categories


        Canada offers a range of business immigration programs tailored to individuals seeking to invest in or establish businesses in the country. These programs provide opportunities for entrepreneurs, investors, and self-employed individuals to contribute to Canada’s economy and contribute to its vibrant business landscape.

        Below are some of the Canadian business immigration categories available and their eligibility criteria:

        • Start-Up Visa Investor Program
        • Entrepreneur Program
        • Self-Employed Persons Program
        • Business PNP Programs
        • Corporate Immigration

        Start-Up Visa Investor Program

        The Start-Up Visa Program is designed for entrepreneurs who have a promising business idea and have secured support from a designated organisation in Canada. Under this program, eligible entrepreneurs can obtain permanent residency in Canada by securing investment from designated Canadian venture capital funds, angel investor groups, or business incubators.

        The program offers a number of benefits, including the opportunity to bring your family members to Canada, access to Canadian financial markets and resources, and the chance to contribute to the Canadian economy.

        Eligibility Requirements

        • Qualifying business: You must have a business idea that is innovative, scalable, and has the potential for significant growth and job creation in Canada. The business must be supported by a designated organisation, such as a venture capital fund, angel investor group, or business incubator.
        • Designated organisation support: To participate in the program, you must obtain a Letter of Support from a designated organisation in Canada. The organisation must confirm that they are willing to invest in or support your business idea.
        • Language proficiency: You must demonstrate proficiency in English or French, Canada’s official language. This is typically assessed through standardised language tests.
        • Proof of sufficient funds: You must show that you have sufficient funds to settle in Canada. The exact amount varies depending on the size of your family and is updated annually.
        • Educational qualifications: While not mandatory, having a post-secondary education can be advantageous in the application process.

        The application process for the Start-Up Visa Program can be complex, so it is important to seek professional help if you are considering applying. Reach out to us on +23413438882 or call on +44 (0) 3316300929 for guidance.

        Entrepreneur Program

        The Entrepreneur Program is a Canadian immigration program designed to attract experienced business owners or senior managers who are willing to establish or acquire a business in Canada. Successful applicants under this program can obtain permanent residency in Canada.

        Eligibility Requirements

        • Ownership or senior management experience: You must have at least two years of experience in the last five years as a business owner or senior manager in a qualifying business.
        • Net worth: You must have a legally obtained minimum net worth of CAD $600,000, which should be verified by supporting documentation.
        • Investment funds: You must have sufficient funds to invest in a qualifying business in Canada. The required investment amount depends on the location of the business: CAD $200,000 if the business is located outside the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) or CAD $600,000 if the business is located within the GTA.
        • Language proficiency: You must provide evidence of your proficiency in English or French. This can be achieved by taking an approved language test and obtaining the minimum scores specified by the immigration authorities.
        • Education: While there is no specific education requirement, having a higher education degree or diploma can enhance the applicant’s profile.

        Self-Employed Persons Program

        The Self-Employed Persons Program is a Canadian immigration program that allows individuals with self-employment experience in cultural activities, athletics, or farm management to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents. The program recognises the valuable contributions that self-employed individuals can make to the cultural, artistic, athletic, and agricultural sectors in Canada.

        Eligibility Requirements

        • Relevant experience: You must have at least two years of self-employment experience in cultural activities, athletics, or farm management. Cultural activities can include music, film, visual arts, writing, etc. Athletics can include coaching, training, or participating at a high level.
        • Intention to be self-employed: You must demonstrate that they have the intention and ability to be self-employed in Canada in their chosen field.
        • Contribution to Canadian culture or athletics: You must show that they have the ability to make a significant contribution to Canadian culture, athletics, or the agricultural industry.
        • Language proficiency: You must demonstrate proficiency in English or French by taking an approved language test and achieving the minimum required scores.

        Business PNP Programs

        Business Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) in Canada are immigration programs operated by individual provinces and territories to attract and nominate foreign entrepreneurs who wish to establish or invest in a business within a specific region.

        Each province or territory has its own Business PNP Program with unique eligibility requirements and application processes. However, there are certain common aspects across these programs.

        Eligibility Requirements

        • Business experience: You are typically expected to demonstrate a minimum number of years of business ownership or senior management experience. This requirement ensures that you possess the necessary knowledge, skills, and expertise to contribute effectively to the province’s economy.
        • Net worth: You must have a certain level of personal net worth, which is determined by the specific program and province. This net worth should be legally obtained and verifiable.
        • Investment or business ownership: You will be required to make an investment in the province or establish or acquire a business. The investment amount and type of business may vary depending on the program and province.
        • Business plan: A comprehensive business plan outlining the proposed business activities, market analysis, financial projections, and job creation plans is typically required.
        • Language proficiency: Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English or French by taking an approved language test and achieving the minimum required scores.

        Corporate Immigration

        Corporate immigration is the process of bringing foreign employees or executives to Canada for employment purposes within a Canadian corporation or business.

        There are various programs and pathways available for corporate immigration to Canada, including the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), the International Mobility Program (IMP), and the Global Talent Stream (GTS).

        Each program has its own eligibility requirements and application process. Below are the general requirements:

        Eligibility Requirements:

        • Job offer: The primary requirement for corporate immigration is a valid job offer from a Canadian employer. The job offer must meet certain criteria, including the occupation, salary, and duration of employment.
        • Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA): In some cases, a Labour Market Impact Assessment may be required. This assessment determines if there is a genuine need for a foreign worker to fill the position and if no Canadian citizens or permanent residents are available to do the job.
        • Skills and qualifications: You must possess the necessary skills, qualifications, and experience required for the specific position.
        • Language proficiency: Depending on the occupation and program, you may need to demonstrate proficiency in English or French by taking an approved language test.

        If you are interested in applying for any business immigration option, contact us to discuss your options. We will help you assess your eligibility and prepare your application. Call +23413438882 or +44 (0) 3316300929 to get started.

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          How Can IAS Help?

          Seeking professional immigration help is important when applying for Business Visas in Canada because it can be challenging to apply for this visa category yourself.

          At IAS, we have specialised knowledge and expertise in Canadian immigration law. We stay updated with the latest regulations, policies, and procedures related to business visas. Their knowledge can help you navigate the complexities of the application process and ensure that your application meets all the requirements.

          We provide personalised advice based on your individual circumstances. We will assess your eligibility for specific Business Visa programs, identify potential challenges or weaknesses in your application, and provide tailored strategies to strengthen your case. We can also suggest alternative visa options if you do not meet the requirements for a particular program.

          Our expert immigration lawyers will guide you in collecting and organising the required documents, ensuring that they are complete, accurate, and properly presented. We can also review your application to minimise errors and maximise your chances of success.

          Contact us at +23413438882 or call +44 (0) 3316300929  for accurate guidance based on your specific circumstances.

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                    Frequently Asked Questions

                    Yes, you can switch from a Canada Business Visa to Permanent Residency (PR) if you meet certain requirements.

                    Below are some of the requirements you need to meet to switch from a Canada Business Visa to a Permanent Residency:

                    • You must have been in Canada for at least two years on a business visa.
                    • You must have maintained your status as a business visa holder throughout your stay in Canada.
                    • You must have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer.
                    • You must meet the language requirements for Permanent Residency.
                    • You must pass a medical exam.
                    • You must pay the application fee.

                    If you meet all of these requirements, you can apply for Permanent Residency through the Express Entry system. You will need to create an Express Entry profile and submit an application.

                    Your application will be assessed based on a points system, and you will be ranked against other applicants. If you are ranked high enough, you will be invited to apply for Permanent Residency.

                    Contact us to assist you with switching from a Canada Business Visa to Permanent Residency. We will process your application to ensure that you have a smooth transition from a Canada Business Visa to a Permanent Residency. Call  +23413438882 or +44 (0) 3316300929 to book a consultation.

                    Visa processing times can vary and may take approximately 714 days if you are applying from Nigeria. Note that the processing time can be further delayed when there is a high volume of applications. To ensure a timely response and minimise potential delays, it is advisable to submit your visa application as early as possible.

                    Generally, you cannot work in Canada with a business visa. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. For example, you may be able to work in Canada on a Business Visa if you are:

                    • A self-employed person who wants to start a business in Canada
                    • An employee of a foreign company who is coming to Canada to provide training to a Canadian company.
                    • A representative of a foreign government or international organisation going to Canada to carry out official duties.

                    If you are unsure whether you are eligible to work in Canada on a business visa, contact us for immediate assistance. Call +23413438882 or +44 (0) 3316300929 to make enquiries.