International Mobility Program: Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement

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.

The basic North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) provisions remain the same in the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) and are set out in Chapter K of the CCFTA.

There are, however, a number of minor differences, primarily in the appendices which support two of the categories of business persons - Business Visitors and Professionals.

The rules for Intra-company transferrees and Traders/Investors are the same.

Differences from NAFTA

Business Visitors

Like the NAFTA,  Appendix K-03.I.1 of the CCFTA, which supports the Business Visitor category, does not provide an exhaustive list but illustrates the types of activities usually carried out by Business Visitors. No new activities were added to Appendix K-03.I.1 when compared to NAFTA, but the following activities were removed to reflect the bilateral agreement between Canada and Chile:

  • harvester owners - under Growth, Manufacture and Production;
  • transportation operators - under Distribution;
  • Canadian and American brokers performing brokerage duties - under Distribution; and
  • tour bus operators - under General Service.

Professionals

Professionals identified in Appendix K-03.IV.1 of the CCFTA (below) seek entry through pre-arrangement – as a salaried employee under a personal contract with a Canadian employer or through a contract with the professional’s employer in their home country. Like the NAFTA list of Professionals in Appendix G of this manual, over 60 professionals are identified in the CCFTA list. Unlike Appendix K03.I.1 (Business Visitor), Appendix K-03.IV.1 below contains an exhaustive list of professionals and cannot be interpreted.

Each professional identified in the Appendix must hold the qualifications indicated in the Minimum Educational Requirements and Alternative Credentials applicable to the profession. No new profession was added to the Appendix of the CCFTA.

The requirements applicable to NAFTA professionals were retained and continue to apply for the Chilean professions. However, for 14 of the professions, Chilean minimum education requirements and alternative credentials, such as the Chilean University Title, were added as alternatives to the requirements which are set out in NAFTA, in order to reflect the Chilean educational system.

Changes were made to the minimum education requirements and alternative credentials for the following professions : Accountant, Lawyer, Librarian, Social Worker, Dietitian, Nutritionist, Occupational Therapist, Physician, Physiotherapist, Registered Nurse, Veterinarian and Geologist. See Appendix K-03.IV.1 of the CCFTA below.

Note: The CCFTA list of professionals compares to the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) for the following professions: architect, engineer, forester, land surveyor, lawyer and urban planner.

Appendix K-03.IV.1

ProfessionalsFootnote 1 – Minimum education requirements and alternative credentialsFootnote 2

General

Accountant
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or C.P.A., C.A., C.G.A. or C.M.A; or Contador auditor or Contador público (University Title) Footnote 3
Architect
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial licence Footnote 4
Computer Systems Analyst
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or Post-Secondary Diploma Footnote 5 or Post-Secondary Certificate Footnote 6, and three years experience
Disaster Relief Insurance Claims Adjuster (claims adjuster employed by an insurance company located in the territory of a Party, or an independent claims adjuster)
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree, and successful completion of training in the appropriate areas of insurance adjustment pertaining to disaster relief claims; or three years experience in claims adjustment and successful completion of training in the appropriate areas of insurance adjustment pertaining to disaster relief claims
Economist (including Commercial Engineer in Chile)
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Engineer
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial licence
Forester
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial licence
Graphic Designer
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or Post-Secondary Diploma or Post-Secondary Certificate, and three years experience
Hotel Manager
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree in hotel/restaurant management; or Post-Secondary Diploma or Post-Secondary Certificate in hotel/restaurant management, and three years experience in hotel/restaurant management
Industrial Designer
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or Post-Secondary Diploma or Post-Secondary Certificate, and three years experience
Interior Designer
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or Post-Secondary Diploma or Post-Secondary Certificate, and three years experience
Land Surveyor
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial/ national licence
Landscape Architect
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Lawyer (including Notary in the Province of Quebec)
LL.B., J.D., LL.L., B.C.L. or Licenciatura Degree (five years) or Abogado, or membership in a state/provincial bar
Librarian
M.L.S. or B.L.S. or Magister en Bibliotecología (for which another Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree was a prerequisite)
Management Consultant
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or equivalent professional experience as established by statement or professional credential attesting to five years experience as a management consultant, or five years experience in a field of speciality related to the consulting agreement
Mathematician (including Statistician)
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Range Manager/Range Conservationalist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Research Assistant (working in a post-secondary educational institution)
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Scientific Technician/ Technologist Footnote 7
Possession of (a) theoretical knowledge of any of the following disciplines: agricultural sciences, astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, forestry, geology, geophysics, meteorology or physics; and (b) the ability to solve practical problems in any of those disciplines, or the ability to apply principles of any of those disciplines to basic or applied research
Social Worker
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree or Asistente Social/ Trabajador social (University Title)
Sylviculturist (including Forestry Specialist)
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Technical Publications Writer
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or Post-Secondary Diploma or Post-Secondary Certificate, and three years experience
Urban Planner (including Geographer)
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Vocational Counsellor
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Medical/Allied

Dentist
D.D.S., D.M.D., Doctor en Odontologia or Doctor en Cirugia Dental or Licenciatura en Odontologia; or state/provincial licence
Dietitian
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree or Dietista Nutricional (University Title); or state/provincial licence
Medical Laboratory Technologist (Canada)/ Medical Technologist (Chile, Mexico and the United States of America) Footnote 8
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or Post-Secondary Diploma or Post-Secondary Certificate, and three years experience
Nutritionist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree or Nutricionista/Dietista Nutricional (University Title)
Occupational Therapist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree or Terapeuta Ocupacional (University Title); or state/provincial licence
Pharmacist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial licence
Physician (teaching or research only)
M.D. or Doctor en Medicina or Médico Cirujano/Médico (University Title); or state/provincial licence
Physiotherapist/Physical Therapist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree or Kinesiólogo/ Kinesioterapeuta (University Title) ; or state/provincial licence
Psychologist
State/provincial licence; or Licenciatura Degree
Recreational Therapist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Registered Nurse
State/provincial licence, or Licenciatura Degree, or Enfermera (University Title)
Veterinarian
D.V.M., D.M.V. or Doctor en Veterinaria or Médico Vet erinario (University Title); or state/provincial licence

Scientist

Agriculturist (including Agronomist)
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Animal Breeder
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Animal Scientist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Apiculturist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Astronomer
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Biochemist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Biologist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Chemist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Dairy Scientist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree>
Entomologist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Epidemiologist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Geneticist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Geologist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree or Geólogo (University Title)
Geochemist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Geophysicist (including Oceanographer in Mexico and the United States of America)
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Horticulturist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Meteorologist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Pharmacologist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Physicist (including Oceanographer in Canada and Chile)
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree for Physicist; Oceanógrafo (University Title) for Oceanographer
Plant Breeder
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Poultry Scientist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Soil Scientist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Zoologist
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Teacher

College
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
Seminary
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
University
Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
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