Canada Digital Nomad Visa

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Visa category

Visitor Status

What are the visa fees/charges?


Is there a minimum income threshold applicable for digital nomad/remote work visa?
No; however, generally, a minimum of CAD7,000 – CAD10,000 should be available via bank statements

Are digital nomad/remote work visa holders subject to income tax?

• According to the CRA’s guidance, if a non-resident employee performs their duties of employment remotely while in Canada, the non-resident employer would be subject to Canadian withholding, remitting, and reporting obligations.
• Foreign employers may apply for a “non-resident employer certification” and will not have to withhold and remit tax on the payments to non-resident workers who are working in Canada for a limited time, if the workers are exempt from tax in Canada under a tax treaty.

Are digital nomad/remote work visa holders subject to social security contributions?

The foreign employer will be exempt from withholding CPP contributions if the foreign employer’s worker comes from a country that has a social security agreement with Canada.

Is there Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) relief available in the country?


Is there an income tax requirement in the country, in general?


Is there a social security requirement in the country, in general?


Are criminal checks required for this visa?

The applicant must not be involved in:
• Criminal Activities
• Organized Crimes
• Human Rights Violations

For how long is the digital nomad/remote work visa valid?

• 6 months
• The applicant can apply to extend their visitor status from within Canada.

Is the applicant bound to any work restraints/limitations?

• The individual must be working for and being paid and managed by a foreign entity with no services being provided to a Canadian entity

• Canada recently defined a digital nomad as a person who can perform their job remotely from anywhere in the world. A digital nomad only needs visitor status to relocate to Canada for up to 6 months at a time while they perform their job remotely for a foreign employer. There should be no nexus between their work and Canada – they should not be serving or working with Canadian clients nor a local Canadian office. A person may initially enter Canada as a digital nomad to work remotely, but they must seek a work permit if they need to transfer to the Canadian entity. If the business intends to transition the employee to the Canadian entity, a work permit will be needed before starting such a transition

• A work permit would be required if the applicant wants to work under a Canadian employer after entry. Their expected duties in Canada and eligibility would need to be assessed


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