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Business Immigrants


The Federal Business Immigration Program seeks to bring experienced business people to Canada to maintain a strong and thriving Canadian economy.

 

 


The Federal Business Immigration Program seeks to bring experienced business people to Canada to maintain a strong and thriving Canadian economy.

 

 


Investors, Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed

The Business Immigration Program is currently comprised of the Start Up Visa and Self- Employed Persons Class. 

In order to be eligible to get a start-up visa to launch a business and immigrate to Canada, an individual must prove that their business venture is supported by a delegated designated organization. Before an individual applies for a start-up visa they must convince one of these designated organizations to support their business idea and provide them with a letter of support. The letter of support, which accompanies the application for permanent residence, is proof that a designated organization supports the business idea.

In addition, an individual must also meet minimum language and educational requirements.

To be eligible under the Self-Employment Class a self-employed individual must have: 

- Relevant experience;

- Intend and is able to be self-employed in Canada, and;

- Contribute to Canada’s economy in one of the required areas.

Relevant experience for a self-employed person means at least two years of experience in the period starting five years before the day they apply and ending on the day a decision is made on their application. The relevant experience must be of a certain duration and level for cultural activities, athletics or managing a farm. 

The experience is also relevant if you have taken part in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level, been self-employed in cultural activities or athletics, or have experience in managing a farm.

The Province of Quebec maintains control of its own business immigration program and has its own established criteria.

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