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Canada Travel: Management Consultants

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Canada Travel: Management Consultants

Postby bridgat » Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:24 pm

3 documents must all be in the possession of management consultants arriving at a Canadian port of entry.

Canadian officials may not ask for any of these documents, having them available is required to take advantage of NAFTA.

Independent consultants not employed/associated with larger or recognized firms can expect closer scrutiny.

Entry into Canada by Consultants to Perform a Contract

1. Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. An up-to-date U.S. passport, birth certificate (not a copy) or U.S. resident alien card are acceptable. The resident alien card only applies to citizens of Mexico or Canada. Voter's registration cards and U.S. driver's licenses are NOT sufficient and have virtually no value as entry documents for Canada.

2. Personal resume or letter of introduction on company letterhead is recommended. The document should clearly indicate current professional and corporate status and up-to-date personal employment history stating the years of service with the company. This is very useful if the 5 year experience clause (see notes below) is to be applied to entry qualification. When a company president or CEO is entering Canada, another senior official with the firm can sign the letter.

3. A letter of introduction from the Canadian client stating the details of the work to be completed, start and finish dates of the engagement and a contact name and phone number isrequired. General or form letters from the consultant's company which have no reference or details of the current contract are not adequate.

Copy of the consultant's professional accreditation is not required but may be helpful, especially for independent consultants.

Entry to Management Consultants Doing Marketing

For management consultants meeting with potential clients or new associates, attending trade events, participating in other types of self promotional activities, or meeting at the invitation of a Canadian organization, the letter of introduction would not apply. In marketing situations, a detailed itinerary, confirmation of event, letters acknowledging meetings or other form of written notice which states the circumstances and dates of the visit, are acceptable. Management consultants would qualify for entry as a "business visitor," which facilitates entry for the short term business visitor who is not entering the Canadian labor market.

Description of Management Consultants (NAFTA, Annex B)

*Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or equivalent professional experience as established by statement or professional credential attesting to 5 years experience as a management consultant, or 5 years experience in a field or specialty related to the consulting agreement.

Interpretive Notes to Management Consultant:

1. Provides services which are directed toward improving the managerial, operating, and economic performance of public and private entities by analyzing and resolving strategic and operating problems. Thus, the client's goals, objectives, policies, strategies, administration, organization and operation improve.

2. May provide the following range of services: conduct a comprehensive examination of the client's business to isolate and define problems; prepare a presentation and report all findings to the client; work with the client to design and implement in-depth working solutions.

3. May assist and advise in implementing recommendations but do not perform functional/operational work for clients. (For a management consultant to perform work other than consulting, is a violation of the terms of entry into Canada.

4. Training or familiarization provided to a Canadian client must be incidental to the implementation of new systems and procedures which were recommended in the management consulting report and must be performed by permanent employees of the recommending management consulting firm.

5. Typically, a management consultant is an independent contractor or an employee of a consulting firm under contract to a Canadian client. A management consultant can occupy a permanent position on a temporary basis with a Canadian management consulting firm.
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