Business Visitor Visa

Canada is among the world’s preferred destinations for business investment and welcomes people wishing to conduct business. You may enter Canada as a temporary resident to explore its diverse opportunities.

A business visitor is one who enters temporarily to pursue international business activities in Canada without directly entering the Canadian labour market. These individuals include those who come to purchase, meet with prospective or existing suppliers and receive training for Canadian goods or services to increase their overseas business presence. Usually, business visitors must not engage in selling to the general public in Canada.

Some Canadian companies have subsidiaries overseas or may be a subsidiary of an international corporation with its head office elsewhere. Personnel travelling to Canada to train others or receive training in the Canadian company (parent or subsidiary) are considered business visitors. Those wishing to enter Canada to represent their company or government to explore or finalize business opportunities will also be categorized as business visitors. You should seek a business visitor visa if you plan to visit Canada for any of the above business activities.

Alternatively, a Canadian business may invite you to explore joint business opportunities that may involve international sales or training for your overseas employees etc.

Although business visitors are not entering Canada to join the labour market, they may be doing so under a free trade agreement. If a Canadian business has purchased or leased equipment from a non-Canadian company, an individual(s) from that company may visit Canada to train the Canadian purchaser’s personnel in the use of that equipment.

Business visitors must meet the requirements of applying for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) and prove they do not intend to enter the Canadian labour market. An applicant must also verify the authenticity of the information they provide, indicate their source of income, and provide financial details of their non-Canadian businesses.

Note: In specific instances, business visitors are permitted by immigration laws to engage in certain business activities in Canada without a work permit. See the link below to learn more about business activities without a work permit

Tourist Visitor Visa

Many foreign nationals visit Canada each year to explore and enjoy its vast natural resources, cosmopolitan cities, and cultural attractions. As a result, the tourism sector generates billions of dollars in revenue and employs many Canadians directly and indirectly.

In 2020, approximately 1.32 million international tourists visited the province of Ontario, making it the most popular tourist destination in Canada. Although Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, are the most frequently visited cities in Canada, the prairie provinces and Atlantic Canada are also very popular given their beautiful landscapes and waterways.

When is the best time of year to visit Canada?

Canada is a vast country with mountains, prairies, forests, artic, and maritime regions. All of these regions experience seasonal changes in the weather.

Regardless of Canada’s cold winters, many tourists are attracted to Christmas and New Year’s festivities or winter sports such as skiing, skating, and snowshoeing. December and January are our coldest. During our warm summers, there are festivals and outdoor events throughout the nation. Visitors usually participate in many family-friendly summer vacation activities such as hiking, boating, camping, etc. July and August are our warmest months, but our spring and autumn months are generally mild, and many visitors come to see the brilliant autumn foliage or the first spring blooms during the off-season.

Family Visits: Visitor Visas

The Canadian government encourages family reunification and allows citizens and permanent residents to invite their families abroad to visit them in Canada. Some family members may wish to visit Canada temporarily to attend graduations, weddings, funerals etc., or simply to connect with loved ones.

Per IRCC, the following persons constitute immediate family members:

  • dependent child
  • parent or step-parent
  • guardian
  • spouse or common-law partner
  • dependent child of a dependent child

Family Visits and Visas: What you need to know

  • You require a valid Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to enter Canada.
  • State the purpose of the visit and verify it is a family visit
  • The one inviting you must be willing to provide documents to support your application
  • Provide proof of relationship to that family member
  • Check the specific visa application centre (VAC) instructions for your country/territory of origin
  • Demonstrate a compelling economic and social tie to one’s home country as proof of intent to leave Canada at the end of the visit.

Host Family: Documents your visiting family member will need from you

  • Letter of invitation
  • Identity documents such as a passport or permanent resident card
  • Proof of legal status in Canada—e.g. visas and permits
  • Copy of birth, death, and/or a marriage certificate as required
  • Employment letter.
  • If you plan to cover some or all of the travel expenses for your family member, include proof of available funds (e.g. bank statement, notice of assessment and or payslips)

Parent and Grandparents: The Super Visa Program

Maintaining connections with your loved ones

The Super Visa Program (SUV) is designed for parents and grandparents who wish to visit their family members. The eligible family member must be permanent residents or Canadian citizens. The program allows them to stay for up to two years at a time and enjoy multiple entries to Canada for up to ten years. It is an excellent alternative to families extending their parent’s or grandparent’s visa every six months.

The Super Visa: Eligibility and the application process

  • Proof of relationship as the parent or grandparent of a Canadian permanent resident or citizen
  • Prove your relationship with the child or grandchild
  • Obtain a letter of invitation from your child or grandchild
  • Show proof of medical insurance obtained from a Canadian company
  • Complete a medical examination from a Panel Physicians approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. 
  • Provide a letter from your child or grandchild documenting:
    1. 1. That they will support you financially while you are in Canada and prove that their household meets the minimum necessary income for the family
    2. 2. How many people live in their household
    3. 3. Showing proof of their Canadian citizenry or permanent residency
  • Show proof of tie to your home country
  • Pay the application fees
  • Go to a designated Canadian visa application centre (VAC) to give biometrics (fingerprints and photos).
  • Submit a paper or online application from outside of Canada. If submitting a paper application, it will be to a visa application centre (VAC); if online, the application will be routed to the designated VAC serving the applicant’s area. It is advisable to apply online.

Elboniel Consultants are here to help with all the necessary documents and steps involved in applying for the Super Visa program. Contact us today to get started.

Medical Treatment

Can I travel to Canada for medical treatment?

Canada has a well-respected medical system that ranks well globally for its quality of care. Foreign nationals can access medical treatment in Canada if they meet the medical, financial, and good faith requirements outlined by Canadian Immigration.

Applicants will be assessed on these conditions:

  • Their health
  • Their good faith
  • Proof from the treating physician that arrangements have been made for the treatment
  • The treating physician is affiliated with a Canadian institution that can provide the necessary services for the applicant
  • The applicant has the means to cover the cost of treatment and related expenses
  • Proof that their medical and other costs have been prepaid
A doctor listening to his patient's heartbeat with a stethoscope

Other considerations:

  • Canadian provincial health coverage is not accessible to applicants
  • An applicant is admissible only as a temporary resident seeking medical treatment
  • If the medical treatment is in Quebec, the applicant may need a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ)

Reasons for denial:

Elboniel Consultants can assist those seeking medical treatment in Canada by locating an affiliated physician and preparing the necessary documents for your application.

  • The applicant’s medical condition poses a danger to the public health or safety of Canadian residents
  • The applicant is seeking medical treatment that would cause displacement on a waiting list for Canadians

    Evaluating temporary resident applications for medical treatment

  • Proof from the treating physician that arrangements have been made for the treatment
  • The treating physician is affiliated with a Canadian institution that can provide the necessary services for the applicant
  • The applicant has the means to cover the cost of treatment and related expenses
  • Proof that their medical and other costs have been prepaid

Giving Birth in Canada

Non-residents may enter Canada while pregnant and with the possibility or intention to give birth while visiting. However, they will need to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa and submit further information and documents relevant to their pregnancy and plans for giving birth while in Canada.


This is a temporary resident visa, and applicants must meet the basic requirements for a visitor visa.

The Temporary Visa application does not ask specifically if you are pregnant; however, it is recommended that you disclose that you are pregnant. For example, a portion asks your purpose for visiting Canada; here, you state your reasons for visiting Canada and add that you are pregnant. If you do not mention on the application that you are pregnant, you may be denied a visa based on misrepresenting yourself.

Other Requirements:

  • Submit financial documents to prove you have enough money for your visit to Canada and your hospital stay to give birth
  • Applicants with high-risk pregnancies may require a medical examination

Elboniel Consultants can help you with all the details involved in coming to Canada to give birth.

Temporary Resident Permit in Canada

The Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) may be issued to an applicant who does not meet the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) or is otherwise inadmissible but has justifiable circumstances to enter Canada. For example, an individual may be granted a TRP for work-related travel or other situations where the immigration department feels the person’s visit will not be detrimental to Canadian health and safety. It is the responsibility of every foreign national to prove that their visit to Canada has merit and is justified. The reason for issuing a TRP could also be because one has committed or been convicted of a crime in the resident country.

Contact us to discuss your residency options. We have helped many individuals and families successfully come to Canada. We will assist you in obtaining a Temporary Resident Permit.