Work without LMIA


Canada recognizes individuals who may be eligible to work in Canada without a work permit, who may still require a Temporary Resident Visa, but are allowed to enter Canada on a temporary term and allowed to work in certain situations.

Candidates may click each situational instance for more information:

Business Visitors Foreign Representatives and their Family Members
Crew Implied Status
Military Personnel Public Speakers
Performing Artists Convention Organizers
Foreign Government Officers Examiners and Evaluators
Health Care Students Emergency Service Providers
On-Campus Employment Civil Aviation Inspectors
Aviation or Accident Investigators In-Flight Security Officers
Athletes and Team Members News Reporters, Media Crews
Judges, Referees, and Similar Officials Expert Witnesses and Investigators
Clergy American Cross-Border Maritime Law Enforcement Officers


Business Visitors

The Business Visitors category includes a vast diversity of visitors to Canada who enters Canada to engage in legal Canadian business or trade activities in Canada but will not enter the Canadian labour market.

There are several sub-sectors under this category, but all business visitors must meet the following general criteria:

  • No business visitor can have intended to enter or engage in the Canadian labour market (gainful employment in Canada by a business visitor is not permitted);
  • The worker’s activity in Canada must be international in scope (a business visitor will engage in legal cross-border business activity);
  • Business visitors in Canada who are working for a foreign employer; must achieve the following criteria:
    • The worker’s compensation – primary source, is outside of Canada
    • The worker’s principal place of employment is outside of Canada
    • The profits accrued by the employer occur outside of Canada
  • Business visitors travelling to Canada must present immigration officials with documentation which verifies the visitor reason and status while visiting in Canada.
    • A business visitor’s documentation required to visit Canada vary on a case-by-case basis.
    • Parent company letter of support or a Canadian company a letter of invitation may be requested to bolster a business visitor’s acceptance.
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