NAFTA | NAFTA Work Permit

NAFTA is a trading agreement which is between United States, Mexico, and Canada. Immigration plays it role well within NAFTA either one of the countries mentioned above. Immigration policy foreign workers are covered under NAFTA. Four different categories were set up by NAFTA to allow entry by citizens of the signatory countries:

  • Business Visitors; Business visitors engage in international business activities related to research and design; growth, manufacture and production, and etc.
  • Traders or Investors; Traders and investors carry on substantial trade in goods or services between the U.S. or Mexico and Canada or have committed, or are in the process of committing, a substantial amount of capital in Canada.
  • Intra-Company Transferees; Intra-company transferees are employed by an American or Mexican enterprise in a managerial or executive capacity, or in one which involves specialized knowledge, and are being transferred to the Canadian enterprise or parent company.
  • Professionals are business persons who enter to provide pre-arranged professional service either as a salaried employee of a Canadian company.

What NAFTA accomplishes?

NAFTA facilitates temporary entry for business persons who are citizens of the U.S., Mexico and Canada and who are involved in the trade of goods or services, or in investment activities. NAFTA removes the need for a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) for all business persons covered by the Agreement. In the case of a business visitor, it removes the need for a work permit.

Application Acceptance under NAFTA

In evaluating applications for temporary entry by the U.S. or Mexico citizens, all accessible tools for temporary entry should be considered. If you are not qualified for entry under the NAFTA you may qualify under the general provisions governing temporary workers.

In making admission decisions the overall purpose of the NAFTA which seek to help trade between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico will be considered.