IT professionals who do not need a Canadian work permit

If you are eligible to be considered a Business Visitor, you do not need a work permit to come to Canada.

Some tech professionals may be eligible to come to Canada as Business Visitors, which means they do not need a work permit to enter the country.

A Business Visitor is a foreign national who comes to Canada to conduct business activities. Since they do not enter the labour market on their trip, no work permit is required.

To be considered a Business Visitor, you must demonstrate the following:

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

IT workers may be considered Business Visitors in the following circumstances: