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A Guide to Understanding Business Visitor Provisions under Section 187 of IRPR
This guide will help you understand the provisions for business visitors under section 187 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR).
Steps to Understand IRPR Section 187:
- Understand the Purpose of IRPR:
- Define “Business Visitor”:
- A business visitor is someone who comes to Canada for international business activities without directly entering the Canadian labour market.
- Understand Section 187:
- Section 187 of the IRPR involves the regulations regarding business visitors.
- It lays down the conditions under which a foreign national can do work in Canada without a work permit.
- Identify the Requirements for Business Visitors:
- The person should have no intent to enter the Canadian labour market
- The main source of the person’s income is located outside Canada
- The principal place of business and actual place of accrual of profits remain predominately outside Canada
- Evaluate Your Eligibility:
- Determine if you meet the criteria outlined in Section 187.
- If you are unsure of your eligibility, consider seeking the advice of an immigration lawyer or consultant.
Common Business Activities Allowed Under IRPR Section 187:
- Attending business meetings, conferences, conventions, or trade fairs.
- Conducting site visits.
- Giving after-sales service, being warranties or agreements for commercial transactions rather than hands-on labour.
- Receiving or giving training within a Canadian parent or a subsidiary company linked to the enterprise that employs them outside Canada, provided production resulting from training is incidental.
By understanding these points, you can have a clear picture of your rights and responsibilities as a business visitor under Section 187 of the IRPR.