Get Your NAFTA Work Permit!

Under Canadian business immigration law, “business people” are different from “business visitors“. While business visitors are given the status to stay for the designated period of time in Canada, business people may enter Canada under one of the following agreements:

  • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
  • Other Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a trilateral agreement between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. This agreement shares the goal to expand trade between these countries.  In order to accomplish this, individuals (business people) must be able to gain access to signatory countries under NAFTA to sell, offer goods or services, or to trade and invest.

What Are the Guidelines for NAFTA?

Generally speaking, business people granted work permits under NAFTA are required to comply with the general rules and policies for temporary entry into Canada. As such, someone who has been granted work permit under NAFTA does not have to take Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). In other words, Canadian employers don’t have to get a job offer approved by the Employment and Social Development Canada in order to hire Mexican or American business people.

Uner NAFTA regime, four groups of business people can be granted work permits:

  • Business Visitors
  • Professionals
  • Intra-company Transferees
  • Investors and Traders

What Is The Benefit Of NAFTA?

The provisions of NAFTA allow to the temporary entry into Canada of appropriate peoples.  You have to apply for it before entering the country.  NAFTA does not act as a replacement for the current legislation for temporary employment. Instead, it acts as a benefit to American, Canadian, and Mexican business people that supersede the general provisions that are outlined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).

Should I Consult With A Lawyer To Obtain A Work Permit Under NAFTA?

It is definitely a good idea to speak with a lawyer before commencing your application.  While work permits under NAFTA are fairly straight forward, there can be situations where you may have to solidify your case and it is good to know these things from the outset.

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