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Immigration- Business Applicants

Updated: Jun 30, 2020

Are there any immigration options for businesspersons?

If you are interested in moving to Canada to start a business, or you have a business, you may be eligible to immigrate to Canada as a self-employed person. You may be able to apply for a start-up visa, or access one of business-oriented immigration programs offered through provincial nominee programs.


What sort of self-employed persons qualify?

Canada is seeking self-employed individuals who have experience in cultural activities or athletics to make significant contributions to cultural or athletic life in Canada.


What sort of start-up businesses might qualify?

Applicants applying for start-up visas must have a qualifying business, funding, and proof of business that is supported by a designated organization (an organization approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada). Moreover, the applicant must meet the language requirement.


What is a provincial nominee program?


Each province operates its own provincial nominee program. As a result, requirements differ from province to province. In British Columbia, success through the provincial nominee program depends on various factors including your prior business and employment experience, education, language skills, proposed investment, net assets, and business plan. An applicant is allotted a certain amount of points based upon these factors, and if sufficient, will be selected to apply.


I operate a business but am looking to hire workers from abroad / I am a foreigner seeking employment in Canada.

There are various programs that allow a Canadian business to hire foreign workers, for example the Temporary Foreigner Worker Program and the International Mobility Program. Depending on the circumstances of the business and of the worker, the worker may or may not be required to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment through Employment and Social Development Canada.



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