Free Trade Agreements

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

Citizens of the United States and Mexico may be able to apply to enter Canada under the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) Exemption, Appendix 1603.D.1.

This allows business professionals, meeting specific criteria required by the position, to be exempt from the requirement to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for their role. Foreign nationals entering Canada as professionals under NAFTA must still hold a valid work permit.

For a list of professional positions with LMIA exemptions under NAFTA, please see Appendix 1603.D.1.

Other Countries

For details on free trade agreements with other countries, please refer to the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada site.