If you are a business person planning to immigrate to Canada, the Investor/Business Immigration Programs may be an important pathway to achieving your Canadian immigration dream.
The IRCC nominates business class immigrants on the basis of their capability to become economically established and support the growth and development of the Canadian economy.
A business immigrant is persons who can invest or start businesses in Canada and are expected to strengthen the development of a viable and prosperous Canadian economy.
If you are planning to do business in Canada or to acquire a business in Canada, there may be several programs for you to choose from.
You can either apply under the federal start-up visa program or look at other different investor or entrepreneur options under the provincial business immigration programs.
Start-up visa Program For Business immigrant
The Federal Start-Up Visa program grants permanent residence to business/investor immigrants while assisting them to become established in Canada.
The program encourages business immigrants to grow their business in Canada. Successful applicants must be supported and supervised by private sector organizations in Canada, where they can receive guidance, expertise, and funding, in the opening and operating their business in Canada.
To be eligible for this visa program, you must meet the language requirements in English or French (i.e. CLB 5 in all abilities), demonstrate that you have the financial ability to settle in Canada, show that your business is backed through a designated organization; and prove that your business meets ownership requirements.
Quebec Business Immigration For Entrepreneurs
The Quebec business immigration program is another option for international investors to immigrate to Canada. This option is open to people with the required entrepreneurial, investor, or self-employed experience who want to settle in the Quebec province.
All candidates under the Quebec Business Immigration programs must demonstrate that they possess the ability to become economically established in Canada and wish to settle in the province of Quebec following acceptance.
Successful candidates will be issued a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) and will also have to meet the government’s requirements before being approved for permanent residence. Click here to learn more about Quebec Business Immigration program.
PNP Business Immigration
Many other Canadian provinces have business immigration options under their Provincial Nominee Programs for investors/entrepreneurs.
Provinces can nominate eligible business immigration candidates for permanent residence. If you are interested in business immigration options in one of the provinces, you can start by reviewing and comparing their eligibility requirements and application processes to know the one that best suit you.