Advice for Visitors to Canada
Mexicans Visiting Canada
Under the Canadian government, citizens from certain countries must obtain a temporary visa before they can visit the country. Mexicans visiting Canada however, can do so without having to procure a visa, provided their stay is for a period of six months or less. Mexicans can also come to Canada for business or education purposes, but will need a special work or study permit before crossing over.
Note: all visitors from Mexico require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) if arriving by plane (an eTA is not necessary if arriving by land or sea).
Mexicans Visiting Canada for Work
The employer’s first responsibility is to find out if the job applicant is eligible to work in Canada. In some instances, the employer has to consult with the Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) department and obtain a labour market opinion, which will then confirm whether or not the employer can fill the job position with a foreign employee.
To apply for a work permit outside of Canada, the individual must provide proof of an existing job offer in Canada, a completed application and written authorization from the HRSDC. There is an application process and fee associated with obtaining a work permit.
Visiting Canada for School
Study permits are typically valid for the entire term of the study program, plus an added 90 days. Those who plan to take a course or program lasting six months or less do not require the permit.