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Immigration Business Visas & Programs for Canada

There are two ways for an experienced business person to immigrate to Canada:

  • The Investor category
  • The Entrepreneur category

Investor Category

The Immigrant Investor Programs offers a way to immigrate for business persons who have accomplished significant financial success, and who do not want to rely on running a business in Canada. The Investor is required to have net assets of at least $1,600,000. For applicants in this section, unconditional permanent residence can be achieved, dependent on a 5-year deposit of $800,000 with the Federal government or the government of Quebec. These funds are used by the government for economic development, and are repaid back to the Investor without interest after five years.

Investors who intend their children to study in Canada, will also benefit as a result of lower tuition fees and the many scholarship and bursary programs available to Canadian residents. Dependent children  may be included in the Immigrant Investor's application, if they are under the age of 22. Additionally, those who are over 22 years of age may be included if they are still full-time students and financially dependent on their parents.

The eligibility requirements for the Federal Immigrant Investor Program:

Business and / or Management Experience: Ownership and Management of a qualifying business, as defined under the Regulations, OR Management of 5 employees in a business.

Investment: CAD $800,000 for 5 years, Government guaranteed 0% interest. Financing is available from Canadian banks.

Miscellaneous: Security background check and medical examination.

You can choose from 2 options, when making your investment under this program:

  • CAD$800,000 investment of your own funds: To meet the investment requirement, you may choose to make a government-guaranteed investment of CAD$800,000 of your own funds with the Government of Canada. These funds are then kept with the government for a period of 5 years. They are then returned to you in full with 0% interest; OR
  • Payment of a financing fee: Instead, you may choose to pay a once-off financing fee to a government-approved financial institution. This fee will not be returned to you. On your behalf, the financial institution will then invest CAD$800,000 with the government.

What documents must I provide in support of my application under the Business Immigration Program?

You must send documents proving your business and / or managerial experience, as well as documents proving your net worth. These are in addition to Citizenship and Immigration Canada application forms, education-related and status documents such as passports, birth / marriage certificates, etc.).

Entrepreneur Category

Under the Entrepreneur category, the entrepreneur enters Canada on a work permit and can bring their family. This category allows for the setting up of a business. Once the business is fully established and has met certain pre-defined objectives, permanent residence can be achieved.

How can I qualify under the Entrepreneur Program?

As an Entrepreneur applicant, planning to live permanently anywhere in Canada, except in the Province of Quebec, you are required to have:

  • a net worth of at least CAD$300,000, lawfully gained;
  • during the last 5 years, at least 2 years of managerial experience in a profitable industrial, commercial or agricultural business / company, and controlling at least 25% of capital equity; and
  • plans and ability to manage and own at least one-third of a qualifying Canadian business as set out under Canadian Immigration Regulations, for at least 1 year within 3 years of your arrival in Canada.

As an Entrepreneur applicant intending to live permanently in the Province of Quebec, you are required to have:

  • a net worth of at least CAD$300,000, lawfully gained;
  • at 2 two year's of managerial experience during the last 5 years and control at least 25% of the capital equity in a profitable industrial, commercial or agricultural business / company.
  • send a business project with the intention of setting up or acquiring a business in Quebec that you will manage and own at least 25% of capital equity with a value of at least CAD$100,000, or have attained a business in Quebec that meets the same requirements.

Self-employed Person

How can I qualify under the Self-employed Persons Program?

In order to qualify as a Self-Employed person, you are required to show experience, intention and ability to set up or purchase a business in Canada that will keep you employed and contribute significantly to cultural activities, athletics or farming in Canada. This proposed business is required to generate ample revenues to support you and your dependents.

If your destination is in the Province of Quebec, you are required to have:

  • a net worth of at least CAD$100,000, lawfully gained; and
  • at least 2 years of experience as a self-employed worker in the occupation you intend to pursue in the Province of Quebec.

Your area of employment is not limited to culture, athletics or farming,  under the Quebec Selection Criteria.

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