In a policy guidance update for IRCC staff, the IRCC has clarified the requirements that could affect a ‘digital nomad’.
- A digital nomad is 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 or, if they are self-employed, working for themselves or providing services to clients outside of Canada.
- A person may enter as a digital nomad to work remotely, but seek a work permit if they find a Canadian employer after entry.
- If an intention to find a Canadian employer is declared, they should be counselled that a work permit will be needed before starting work for such an employer.
- Additional documentation is not required of a person entering to be a digital nomad (although they must still satisfy the officer that they will leave at the end of their authorized stay).
- Family members of digital nomads who intend to work or study in Canada should apply for a work permit or study permit.
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