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Traveling to Canada on Business?

Whether you are entering Canada from the U.S. or another nation, it is quite common for foreign individuals to travel to Canada on business. Whatever your country of origin, planning a visit to Canada requires ample preparation to ensure you don’t hit any snags entering the country and remaining in Canada for the duration of your visit. Here are several things to keep in mind as you plan your trip.

Will I need a Work Permit? – In certain situations, you may require a work permit to come to Canada on business. If a work permit is needed, certain categories of people may need to apply for the Permit from outside of Canada even before they arrive at a border.

Make sure your paperwork is in order – When you are entering Canada from another nation, you must present a number of documents to Canadian immigration officials. Common documents include a passport, proof of your family status, proof of income, and proof of your destination while inside Canada. Before you leave, make sure you have all paperwork in order.

Are you visiting on an invitation? – In some cases, business people visit Canada based on an invitation. If this is true in your case, you may need to provide a letter of invitation proving you have been invited to visit. This letter must include specific information, such as the name of the individual issuing the invitation, the length of your stay, where you will stay during your visit, and the contact information of the person responsible for coordinating your visit.

Criminal record – A criminal record in your home country may prevent you from entering Canada. Furthermore, each country treats criminal offences differently. A relatively minor offence in your country may be considered a serious crime in Canada. Before you leave, speak with a Canadian immigration lawyer about your criminal record to determine whether it will jeopardize your chances of gaining entry to Canada.

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