Why Business Visitors Love Work Without A Work Permit

Why Business Visitors Love Work Without A Work Permit

Why Business Visitors Love Work Without A Work Permit

Why Business Visitors Love Work Without A Work Permit

In many cases, business visitors to Canada do not require a Canadian work permit.

A business visitor is a foreign national who comes to Canada to participate in international business activities, but who will not enter the Canadian labour market.

Canada is one of the world’s largest economies, attracting thousands of short-term business visitors each year. With an international market-oriented economy and as a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation (OECD) and the Group of 7 (G7), as well as signatory to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canada strives to ensure that international business visitors can come to Canada on business trips. Subject to the nature of the work, as well as the individual’s nationality, certain business visitors can enter the country to conduct business or trade activity without needing a work permit.

Business visitors must demonstrate the following:

  • they plan to stay for less than six months,
  • they do not plan to enter the Canadian labour market,
  • the main place of business, and source of income and profits, is outside Canada,
  • they have documents that support their application and
  • they meet Canada’s basic entry requirements, because they
  • have a valid travel document, such as a passport,
  • have enough money for their stay and to return home,
  • plan to leave Canada at the end of your visit, and
  • are not a criminal, security or health risk to Canadians.

There are a number of reasons why an individual may come to Canada as a business visitor, including:

  • Attending business meetings, conferences, conventions, fairs, etc;
  • Buying Canadian goods or services on behalf of a foreign entity;
  • Taking orders for goods or services;
  • Providing after-sales service, excluding hands-on work in the construction trades;
  • Being trained by a Canadian parent company for work outside of Canada; and
  • Training employees of a Canadian subsidiary of a foreign company.

Business visitors to Canada may require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

Allowing international business people to do business in Canada is important for the continued economic success of the country. Similarly, countries that have trade agreements and strong economic partnerships with Canada generally allow Canadian business visitors to enter their countries as smoothly as possible. Visa reciprocity is an important aspect of Canada’s business outlook and economic success.

After-sales or lease services

Individual repairing and servicing, supervising installers, and setting up and testing commercial or industrial equipment (including computer software) may be considered business visitors, and as such may not require a Canadian work permit.

Setting up does not include hands-on installation generally performed by construction or building trades, such as electricians or pipe fitters.

This provision also applies to individuals seeking entry to repair or service specialized equipment purchased or leased outside Canada, provided the service is being performed as part of the original or extended sales agreement, lease/rental agreement, warranty or service contract.

After-sales and lease services also include situations where the sales or lease agreement or purchase order is for a software upgrade to operate previously sold or leased equipment. A service person coming to Canada to install, configure or give training on the upgraded software may be considered a business visitor. A sales or lease agreement or purchase order for upgraded software is a new contract for a new product. Please note that hands-on building and construction work is not covered by this provision.

Warranty or service agreement

For warranty or service agreements, contracts must have been negotiated as part of the original sales or lease/rental agreements or be an extension of the original agreement in order for the foreign national to be considered a business visitor.

Service contracts negotiated with third parties after the signing of the sales or lease/rental agreement are not covered by this provision. Where the work to be performed in Canada is not covered under a warranty, a work permit and a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is generally required.

Individuals not considered business visitors

In situations where a Canadian employer has directly contracted for services from a non-Canadian company, the employee of the foreign company performing the services for the Canadian company requires a Canadian work permit.

This situation arises most often in the context of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The service provider is not to be considered a business visitor simply because he or she is not directly receiving remuneration from a Canadian source. Since there is a contract between the Canadian company and the foreign worker’s employer, there is an entry to the Canadian labour market. And because the foreign employer is receiving payment for the service that is being provided, it is deemed that the worker is receiving payment from a Canadian source. Consequently, the worker cannot be considered a business visitor.

For example, an infrastructure project in Canada contracts the services of a U.S.-based urban planning firm, which sends a small team to Canada work on site. The team members are working in Canada, and the firm is receiving compensation for being engaged on the project. Therefore, the team members do not meet the criteria as business visitors to Canada.

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10,000 extra working visas released by Canada

10,000 extra working visas released by Canada

10,000 extra working visas released by Canada

10,000 extra working visas released by Canada

10,000 extra working visas have been released by Canada for youth from Ireland. These visas are available for any Irish national aged between 18 and 35 years. It is inclusive of Working Holiday and Young Professional permits.

The extra working visas released by Canada authorize people to reside and work in the nation for up to 2 years. The validity of the International Co-Op visas is 1 year, as quoted by the Independent IE. Canada is a popular choice for immigrants from Ireland. Thousands of Irish youth move to Canada annually.

Canadian Immigration Services announced the break up for immigration intake in the next 3 years. It will be 310, 000 for 2018, 330,000 for 2019 and in 2020 almost 340, 000 immigrants will be accepted.

Website of the Government of Canada explained the reasons for increasing immigration intakes. A statement said that there are factors such as falling birth rates and gaining population. These are a potential threat to the labor market and economy of Canada elaborated the statement.

The statement further elaborated that the Canadian government is committed to a migration system that accentuates the middle class. This will be achieved through supporting diversity and growing economy. It will also be the aim to build inclusive and dynamic communities, added the statement.

Canada has become diverse through its immigration system. It has also become prosperous and forthcoming to those in need. Diverse labor market demands and demographics drive the demand for immigration in Canada. But what sets it apart is the assistance to needy and commitment to integration.

Immigration will keep playing a key role to keep Canada at the forefront of the international economy, said the statement.

If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to Canada, contact Global Gateways.

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New Zealand among top countries to travel to in 2018

Lonely Planet names New Zealand among top countries to travel to in 2018

New Zealand among top countries to travel to in 2018

New Zealand among top countries to travel to in 2018

Lonely Planet has named New Zealand as one of the top countries to travel to in 2018, describing it as a “place where the planet’s pulse pumps close to its scarred skin”.

New Zealand has come in at number five on the list of the top 10 countries to travel to next year, trailing the likes of Chile and South Korea but ahead of Malta, Georgia, Mauritius, China and South Africa. NZ was last named in Lonely Planet’s top countries in 2010 when it came in at number seven.

The popular travel guide’s Best in Travel 2018 yearbook touted New Zealand as a haven for the adventurous, saying that “long before it was retrofitted to resemble Middle Earth, NZ began actively attracting adventure seekers”.

The Great Walk under construction in Paparoa National Park in memory of those who died in the 2010 Pike River Mine disaster was singled out as a future highlight.

It “will form a magnificent multi-day trail through the South Island’s wild and wonderful west coast” when complete, according to the book. In the meantime, “hikers can get a taster of the walk’s dramatic scenery on four existing trails”.

Visitors with two weeks to spend in New Zealand were encouraged “to enjoy the urban scene in Auckland” before hitting “unique” Hot Water Beach, checking out the “bubbly mud in sulphur-scented Rotorua” and getting a taste of the country’s nine existing Great Walks on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. From Wellington, travelers were advised to catch the Interislander to Nelson and explore Abel Tasman’s beaches before driving “super-scenic Route 6” and spending the night in Ces Clarke Hut. A loop around Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park and drive through Haast Pass to Queenstown marked the recommended grand finale.

Now in its 13th year, the yearbook is aimed at showcasing destinations which offer travelers new things to see and do, have something special happening in the year ahead or its contributors consider overlooked or underrated.

“But the big factor is that x- or wow-factor that propels it to the top of people’s lists of places they want to go,” said Lonely Planet spokesman Chris Zeiher.

Tourism NZ chief executive Stephen England-Hall said “Given the rapid growth in global tourism destinations, it is a real achievement to see New Zealand rated as one of the top five countries in the world by Lonely Planet. The recognition of the new Great Walk on the West Coast of the South Island is particularly satisfying as it is one more way we can spread the benefits of tourism across the country.”

Chile was named the top country to visit in 2018 in part because it will be celebrating 200 years since the signing of its Declaration of Independence and there will be a lot happening to commemorate it, he said.

South Korea has come in at number two which Zeiher acknowledged is “probably a little bit controversial” but merited given it will be hosting the Winter Olympics in February.

Portugal, which has taken out the third spot, has finally “come out of Spain’s shadow” and offers “fantastic value for money”, he said.

Seville, Spain; Detroit, USA; Canberra, Australia; Hamburg, Germany and Kaohsiung, Taiwan are among the top 10 cities to visit in 2018.

The top 10 regions included Belfast and the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland; Alaska, USA; the Julian Alps, Slovenia; Langeudoc-Roussillon, France and Kii Peninsula, Japan.

Zeiher said he doesn’t think there’s been a year when New Zealand hasn’t made it into the yearbook.

The diverse scenery and experiences on offer are among the key factor he thinks ensures it “always bubbles up in top-10 lists of places people want to go.

“From tip to toe there are unique experiences to be had: From the Bay of Islands where you can have beautiful, scenic island-hopping experiences to Milford Sound and its dramatic glaciers.”

Zeiher is particularly partial to Waiheke Island, which was included in Lonely’s Planet’s top 10 regions to visit in 2016, and Cape Reinga, which he discovered on a recent trip for a friend’s wedding and found “absolutely glorious”.

He also thinks the road trips on offer in NZ are “extraordinary” and that it offers “a lot of bang for your buck” in general.

Taranaki was named as one of the best regions to in the world visit in 2017, while the West Coast has also featured.

In terms of travel trends for 2018, Zeiher said we should see a big upswing in vegan and vegetarian and cross-generational travel.

“People are wanting to discover great vegan and vegetarian options around the world and cross-generational travel is a massive trend. People are choosing more and more often to travel in large groups, with the kids, parents and grandparents all going on an adventure – whether it be a cruise, safari or something else – together.”

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