Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership – International Mobility Program

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 effective date of the implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is December 30, 2018.

Chapter 12 – Temporary Entry for Business Persons of the CPTPP facilitates temporary entry to Canada for certain categories of business persons who hold citizenship in countries other than Canada that are signatories to the CPTPP.

Note: Permanent residents of Australia and permanent residents of New Zealand may also qualify for temporary entry under the CPTPP.

Instructions for CPTPP business visitors and foreign workers

As detailed below, new Labour Market Impact Assessment exemption codes have been created to capture data about business persons from CPTPP parties more effectively.

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Categories for temporary entry

The CPTPP facilitates temporary entry for the following categories of business persons:

Business visitor applications can be made at a Canadian port of entry (POE), provided the applicant already has a valid visa or electronic travel authorization. Applicants who are applying as a business visitor, and who are required to obtain a visa, must do so at an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) office abroad.

As with other agreements, applications made under one of the other categories can be made at a POE. However, visa requirements are in place for citizens of certain parties. Citizens of countries whose nationals require a visa are required to submit an application to an IRCC office abroad or from within Canada if they meet the conditions set out in section 199 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

Spousal provisions – T53

Depending on the citizenship of the principal applicant, work authorization for accompanying spouses is also facilitated, with the exception of business visitors. For spouses, the length of stay, including extensions, should be the same as of the length of stay for the business person they are accompanying.

Specific details on spousal eligibility, including citizenship requirements, can be found at the category pages listed above.

Extending work permits issued under the CPTPP

The CPTPP contains guidelines for extending work permits issued in accordance with the CPTPP. Work permits may be extended at the discretion of the officer assessing the application, provided that the necessary documentary evidence has been submitted by the applicant to support the request.

To apply for an extension, applicants must do the following:

  • apply before their current status expires
  • comply with all the conditions that were imposed on entry
  • be in possession of a passport or travel document that is valid for the entire period authorized for the applicant’s stay

To extend a CPTPP work permit, the employer must submit a new offer of employment. Officers should examine the suggested documentation below when reviewing the work duration requested by the employer. Extension applications can be made online, at a POE or at a Canadian mission abroad.

Examples of acceptable documentation to support an extension include the following:

  • a service contract extension justification from the offering enterprise
  • updated business plans
  • an offer for a new contract
  • feasibility studies and marketing plans

Determining eligibility

To determine eligibility, officers should consider the following factors:

  • the intentions of the applicant
    • What is the applicant doing in Canada?
    • How long has the applicant been here?
    • How long is the request for?
  • the reason given by the applicant for applying for the extension
    • Are the plans well thought out or merely frivolous?
    • Has the applicant previously received an extension?
  • the applicant’s situation in their home country
    • What family, employment or other responsibilities and obligations has the person left behind?
    • How have these responsibilities been discharged?
    • Is a prolonged stay in Canada reasonable and feasible?
  • the initial intent of the application
    • What was the original purpose of the business visit to Canada?
    • Has the original purpose of the business visit been fulfilled?
    • If the original purpose of the business visit has not been fulfilled, was sufficient time originally granted to fulfil the purpose?
  • the necessary licence or documentation to practise the applicant’s occupation in Canada in instances where an occupation is regulated at a provincial or territorial level
    • For example, in most provinces and territories, electrician and plumber are regulated occupations and require documentation to be practised.
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