According to the conditions set forth by USMCA, a trader is anyone with the intention and ability to trade goods or services in Canada. The word used is ‘substantial trade,’ that means that the business’s trade in Canada, Mexico or the US must amount to 50 percent or more of its total trade.
This is not to be confused with Investor work permit though, which we will discuss later. A trader work permit is for people who are actively “doing business”, i.e., continuously providing goods via a parent, branch, affiliate or subsidiary within Canada, US or Mexico.
Furthermore, the person looking to seek a trade visa for Canada must be in a supervisory capacity, i.e., must direct, control and guide employees. They must not partake in any hands-on activities. This isn’t the same as an investor, but executives may fall under this category. First-line supervisors aren’t eligible for this permit either.
Some requirements set forth by the USMCA include:
- A U.S. or Mexican citizenship
- The business itself must employ a U.S. or Mexican majority
- Major activity of the business must be trade of goods or services
- The principle trade areas must be within Canada, U.S. or Mexico
- The transferee’s position must be supervisory, executive or should involve essential skills
In order to apply for a business work permit in Canada, the government of Canada suggests that you should apply just as you would for a visa through a visa office.
Learn more about eligibility requirements for Trader Work Permit.