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The Canadian government welcomes foreign nationals interested in starting a business, creating jobs and willing to make a contribution to Canadian life within Canada. The government offers tailored immigration programs such as the Self-Employed Persons and Start-up Visa to meet the specific needs of business people who want to immigrate to Canada.

There are several process streams to make this transition easier. Our law firm takes pride in helping business people successfully walk through these processes. Allow us to use our skills and resources to help you achieve your business goals in Canada.


The purpose of the Federal Self-Employed Persons visa is to attract individuals who genuinely want to immigrate to Canada to become self-employed and who actually have the ability to become self-employed. Program candidates are required to possess the following attributes to qualify:

  1. Minimum of two one-year periods of experience in the period from five years before the application date to the day a decision is made on the application.
  2. Experience must be either (i) self employment in cultural activities or athletics or (ii) participated in cultural or athletics on a world class level.

If a candidate is selected, they will be evaluated based on the following 5 selection criteria, requiring a minimum score of 35:

  1. education,
  2. experience,
  3. age,
  4. language proficiency, and
  5. adaptability

Typically, the processing time for this particular program is 25 months. We pride ourselves on skillfully helping individuals navigate this process and solidify their business goals through this pathway. We would be happy to help you as well.

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Under the Federal Start-up Visa program, individuals can do business in Canada if they meet certain program requirements. There are 4 basic eligibility requirements, and they include the following:

  1. Own a qualifying business that is formally incorporated with the candidate holding at least 10% voting rights and no one person holding 50% or more of the total voting rights within the company;
  2.  A Commitment Certificate or letter of support from a designated entity (only certain entities qualify as “designated entities”);
  3. Sufficient unencumbered, settlement funds that are available and transferable; and
  4. Language proficiency.

Processing time for this particular program is 12 – 18 months. We welcome the opportunity to help you strategically develop an acceptable immigration package for this Express Entry program.

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There are many options under the PNP programs for wealthy Businesspeople, Investors and Entrepreneurs to obtain permanent residency in Canada. Multiple Business Immigration pathways exist for those with financial resources.

Under the PNP, Provinces and Territories can nominate foreign businesses, investors and entrepreneurs who intend to do business and engage in commercial enterprises or investments in Canada to apply for permanent residency. Applicants are nominated by Provinces or Territories based on their economic needs, the applicant’s managerial skills and the applicant’s ability to financially support their commercial enterprise or investment.

For more information to learn how you can live and do business in Canada under one of these Business Immigration PNP, please click here. As noted above, each Province and/or Territory adheres to its own immigration regulations and requirements. Please contact our law firm to speak to a qualified immigration attorney to determine which pathway you should take for your specific business goals.

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