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Updated February 2024

Canada has emerged as one of the global leaders in technology, and tech talent recruitment is at an all-time high. Canadian companies are hiring remote workers to fulfil their requirements, and for such workers, the Canadian government has recently announced that it is working on launching a new digital nomad visa. 

Read on to find out more as Wego delves into the Canada digital nomad visa program.

Canada digital nomad visa 2024

A digital nomad is a person who can perform their job remotely from anywhere in the world. Canada currently lacks a dedicated visa category for digital nomads, resulting in digital nomads being able to stay in Canada either visa-free or by obtaining a regular tourist visa. As long as they are not employed by a Canadian company or client, digital nomads can legally work remotely without needing a work permit.

As per the existing Canadian immigration regulations, digital nomads can relocate to Canada for a maximum of six months at a time, maintaining their visitor status while performing remote work for a foreign employer.

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Canada digital nomad visa news

A new immigration program catering to digital nomads has been recently unveiled by the Canadian government. Accordingly, the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC) will collaborate with partners to explore policies attracting digital nomads in the coming months.

The government also plans to treat this visa as a stepping stone to a full-time work visa, as digital nomads may apply for work permits or permanent residency to contribute their skills to Canadian companies should they receive a job offer from a Canadian company.

Canada digital nomad visa requirements

According to the IRCC, foreign nationals intending to stay and work remotely from Canada can use a visitor visa to enter as digital nomads. There is no additional documentation required for this procedure.

Canada digital nomad visa work permit

Individuals who are registered as digital nomads in Canada are allowed to apply for a work permit “if they secure a Canadian employer after entering the country.” The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) emphasizes that if a digital nomad expresses their intention to seek employment with a Canadian employer, they should be informed that obtaining a work permit is necessary before commencing work for that employer. In line with the policy announcement, if a digital nomad successfully secures a Canadian employer willing to hire them, they must go through the process of applying for a work permit.

Canada digital nomad visa application

Currently, digital nomads can relocate to Canada by obtaining a Canadian visitor visa and stay for a maximum of 6 months while working.

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