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Can I use B1 - business-visitor for tourism in Canada

Discussion in 'Visitors' started by penguin_2013, Feb 18, 2019.

  1. Hello all,

    I recently got a B1 business-visitor visa applied through my company which is valid for 5 years, as I needed to travel to Montreal for a month of work on-site.

    There is a lot of confusion and very less information, whether I can use this business-visitor visa to travel to Canada as a tourist next time.

    Does anyone have any information on this.

    Would appreciate it a lot, thank you! :)
     
    Medhini likes this.
  2. I have never heard of a B1 visa for Canada, do you mean a WX-1?

    You will be allowed to board a plane with that visa, the CBSA allowing you entry is entirely up to them.
     
  3. Yes there is a B1 business visitor Visa for canaCa
     
  4. Never heard of a B1 yet, if it's multiple entry, I would assume that my answer still applies. You can board a plane but no guarantee CBSA will allow you entry.
     

  5. Hi, I am in the same situation. Were you able to use your B-1 visa for a tourist visit?
     
  6. Hey
    After my research I have found that it comes under temporary resident visa and there shouldn't be issues. Just mention to them reason of travel when asked and return date. We will be traveling in couple days and then I can let you know if it worked. :)
     
  7. I was able to get through today :)
     
  8. Hey Medhini that's great news:)
    Could you please tell a little bit about your situation and what happened at Port of entry, I will be traveling in couple of days too:)
     
  9. Hi I am having the same issue, i would like to Visit canada this december as tourist but i only have B1 - Business Visitor Canada and I am from Philippines, would it be fine using my visa as tourist or in Business purpose only?

    Thank you for ur help guys!
     
  10. Hi I am having the same issue, i would like to Visit canada this december as tourist but i only have B1 - Business Visitor Canada and I am from Philippines, would it be fine using my visa as tourist or in Business purpose only?

    Thank you for ur help guys!
     

  11. Hello, it comes under temporary resident visa and you can use it to visit Canada as a tourist as well. No issues. I was able to enter with the same recently. Good luck!
     
    cairaespinola likes this.
  12. Hello again Penguin_2013 thank you for replying! :)
    Anyway, are you from Philippines also? may I know what are the question of Immigration officer? did you just visit a friend/relatives or you have a tour package?
     
  13. Hello,
    No im not from Philippines. He asked for reason of travel. I was just visiting a friend
     
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  14. Hi Everyone
    I am in same situation, I have B1 type Visitor-Business visa and i have never travelled to canada before. Now i am thinking to visit my brother who is a perminant resident in canada. Will i have any issues?
     
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