International Mobility Program: International Free Trade Agreements

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

International Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) contain provisions to facilitate, on a reciprocal basis, temporary entry for business persons. Eligible persons entering under an FTA will generally require a work permit, but are exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

The Chile, Peru, Columbia and Korea FTAs on this page contain provisions similar to NAFTA, which grant temporary entry to four categories of business persons: business visitors, professionals, intra-company transferees, and traders and investors. Differences are highlighted as they relate to NAFTA.

The new Canada-European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) also contains provisions which grant temporary entry to business visitors, professionals, intra-company transferees and investors. Entry requirements are significantly different for some categories. However, the same LMIA exemption codes are used.

Under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), professionals are authorized to enter under exemption codes T33 for professionals. GATS intra-company transferees are authorized to enter under C12.

Canada-International Free Trade Agreements – R204(a)

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