Indians who intend to visit Canada for a business purposes need to apply for Business Visa which comes under a Temporary Resident Visa also known as a visitor visa but you will be considered as a business visitor.
While applying Business you need to meet certain criteria which include having a letter of invitation from a business partner from Canada and 24 hours contact of the inviting person.
You need to prove you have a job in your home country, won’t stay longer than 6 months, will not enter the labor market, and proving your main business is outside Canada and have the documents to prove it.
Mandatory Documents required for Canada Business Visa
- Appointment Letter
- Form – IMM 5257e
- Form – IMM 5707e
- Bank Statement
- Income Tax Returns
- Employment Papers
- Salary Slips
- Letter from Company mentioning your purpose of travel
- Leave Letter
If Self – Employed
- Company Registration Papers
- Cover Letter from Company mentioning the purpose of travel
- Company Bank Statement
- Company Income Tax Returns
Documents from Canada
- Invitation Letter
- 24-hour contact details of the inviter company
- Inviter company’s business profile
- Inviting company’s Tax Papers & Registration Certificate
- Inviter’s Passport copy (if applicable)
Apart from the above-listed documents, Consulate may ask for additional documentation. Processing time for Business Visa is 13 – 15 days.
Processing time may extend if proper documents are not provided or consulate asks for additional documents. It is advisable to apply for a visa at least 30 days in advance before your intended travel date.
The validity of the visa can be anything between 6 months to 10 years but the stay period must be of less than 6 months on each visit.
Visa fees remain the same as the Temporary Resident Visa. CAD 100 is consulate fees and CAD 85 is the biometrics fee. VAC charges around INR 500 per application.
VAC also offers courier services if you do not wish to visit the center again for collecting the passport, then you can opt for this service by paying the extra charges for courier above VAC service charge.
VAC charges are to be paid in cash at the counter whereas, Consulate Charges & Biometrics Fees can either be paid online using credit or debit card or can be paid directly at the VAC center when you go for the submission of the documents.