North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
American and Mexican citizens who meet the general rules for temporary entry to Canada can obtain fast access to canada under NAFTA.
NAFTA allows that Employers in Canada can recruit an American or a Mexican business person without a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
The four main categories of business people under NAFTA are as follows:
A business visitor is allowed to participate in business activities in Canada and doesn’t require a work permit. Business visitor can stay in Canada for a few days to up to six months.
A NAFTA Professional is someone who has a work permit, has eligibility and an employment offer in one of the jobs set out in NAFTA.
An Intra-company transferee is someone who has a work permit, worked for the same US or Mexican company for at least 1 year in the last three years constantly in a managerial, executive or specialized jobs and get transferred to the Canadian employer.
A Trader or investor is someone who has a work permit, meets NAFTA rules, working in a position that requires necessary skills in planning, demonstrate the intention for making substantial trade of goods and investment to a Canadian business.