The primary purpose of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is to facilitate trade and commerce between Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

American or Mexican citizens seeking to enter Canada on a temporary basis to engage in the trade of goods or services, may be exempt from having to go through the process of obtaining a job validation or employment authorization from a Canadian Visa Post.

Thus, NAFTA eases the temporary entry requirements for citizens of the United States or Mexico, who wish to engage in the trade of goods or services in Canada. It removes the need for a Canadian employer to obtain a job validation/ employment authorization for businesses, professions or trades that fall within the scope of NAFTA. NAFTA permits the issuance of an employment authorization at the port of entry for professionals and intra-company transferees thus expediting the application process. To qualify for NAFTA you must meet the following requirements:

  1. You must be an American or Mexican Citizen;
  2. You must be seeking temporary entry;
  3. You must qualify as a Visitor to Canada, (i.e. You must not be criminally or medically inadmissible)
  4. You must qualify under one of the categories of a Business Person:
    • Business Visitors
    • Professionals
    • Intra-Company Transferees
    • Traders and Investors

To find out if you qualify to come to Canada under NAFTA,
please contact us