Will Canada have a digital nomad visa?

Will Canada have a digital nomad visa?

The launch of a visa for digital nomads in Canada is being actively discussed online. Let's find out how things really are.

From June 17 to 20, a tech conference was held in Toronto, where Canadian Minister of Immigration Sean Fraser spoke. Among other things, he said the government wants to promote Canada as a country for remote workers. Canada is indeed a good place for digital nomads, not only in terms of living standards but also in terms of the visa issue.

How does a digital nomad go to Canada?

In Canada, a digital nomad is someone who works remotely and can be anywhere in the world.

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But there is no special digital nomad visa, as in other countries, in Canada. So there are peculiarities in the relocation of remote specialists. As Fraser said at the conference, digital nomads can come to the country on a visitor (tourist) visa. What it gives you:

  • the right to stay in Canada for up to 6 months with the possibility of extending your stay;
  • the right to work remotely for a non-Canadian employer;
  • the right to look for a job in Canada and, if successful, to change your visitor visa to a work visa.

Traveling on a visitor visa has its advantages:

  • there are no specific monthly income requirements for nomads, as in other countries;
  • there is no limit to the number of approved digital nomads per year;
  • minimum package of documents;
  • low cost of visa processing: CAD 100 per person for visa application and CAD 85 per person (or CAD 170 per family) for biometrics;
  • the opportunity to search for jobs and have live interviews.

There are also several disadvantages:

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