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Business Immigration

  • Business Immigration

    Business Immigration

    Individuals with business/managerial experience and relatively high net-worth may apply for a Canadian permanent residence under the Canada Business Immigration Program in one of the following four sub-categories:

    • Investors
    • Entrepreneurs
    • Self Employed Persons
    • PNP Business Programs
    • Corporate Immigration

     Start-Up Visa Investor Program

    When looking to immigrate to Canada as an investor, the best option available is to apply for the general Start-up Visa Program. You will have to meet certain requirements for your application to be successful by being innovative, creating jobs for Canadians and being able to compete internationally.

    Requirements of the program

    Have a qualifying business

    Demonstrate intermediate knowledge in both English and French (CBL5)

    Get a letter of support from a designated institution (Receive a minimum funding commitment of $200,000 CDN from a designated Venture Capital Organization, $75,000 from an approved Angel Investor, or Business Incubator. 

    Bring enough money to settle in Canada

    Entrepreneur Program

    Because they create employment opportunities and contribute to the Canadian economy, entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply for this immigration stream. Successful applicants are able to open a business in Canada, as well as gain permanent residence status in the country.

    Requirements of the program

    Establish, purchase or make a substantial investment in a business in Canada within 2 years of landing in Canada which will result in a significant contribution to the economy;

    Engage in active and ongoing participation in the management of the business;

    Employ at least one Canadian citizen or permanent resident other than the entrepreneur and his dependents;

    To ensure that these conditions are met, entrepreneurs are required to report to immigration officials their progress, on a regular basis within this two year period.

    Self-Employed Persons Program

    This business immigration stream is for those who will either establish or purchase a business in Canada that will make a “significant” contribution to the economy or the cultural or artistic life of Canada

    Requirements of the program

    have relevant experience (at least 2 years experience in the last 5 years)

    be willing and able to be self-employed in Canada

    meet the program’s selection criteria (minimum 35 points) and

    meet medical, security and other conditions

    Selection criteria is based on: 




    language abilities