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What Immigration Options in Canada Are Available for Foreign Entrepreneurs?

Various immigration programs in Canada are tailored to foreign entrepreneurs, investors, and companies which make applicants eligible for permanent residency. As a result, there is no single Canada Investor program; instead, there are numerous options for investor immigration. These options can be divided into federal and provincial programs, described below.

Choosing the right immigration program, federal or provincial, will play a significant role in the success of your immigration strategy. It is essential to select the program most suitable for your business and your background. Our free instant assessment tool will certainly help you make the right decision. If you need further guidance, you can always rely on valuable advice during our 60-minute strategy meeting with our top business immigration lawyers. During this meeting, you will get an honest and unbiased assessment of the immigration possibilities available to you.

Entrepreneur Work Permit Program

The following are business immigration programs that are created on the federal level.
Intra-Company Transfer (ICT)

The ICT program is ideal for foreign companies with a Canadian office or a subsidiary or looking to expand their operations in Canada. This business immigration program allows you to transfer employees from your foreign office to your Canadian office. These employees would be issued a temporary work permit and would generally be eligible for permanent residency after 1 year of employment in Canada.

Start-Up Visa Program (SUV)

Under Canada’s Start-Up Visa program, up to 5 founding partners of an innovative foreign company could be eligible for an open work permit for up to 3 years. Additionally, the applicants can also become eligible for permanent residency in Canada. The SUV program requires a Letter of Support or investment commitment from one of the Designated Organizations in Canada.

Entrepreneur Visa (C11)

The C11 Entrepreneur Stream is perfect for foreign entrepreneurs who want to invest in an existing Canadian business or start a new one. First, the entrepreneur would receive a temporary work permit which would allow them to operate their business in Canada. Then, after 1 year of operating the business in Canada, you will become eligible for permanent residency.

LMIA Work Permit Program

Entrepreneurs and investors can receive a work permit through the LMIA pathway and eventually permanent residency after 2 years of employment in Canada. However, this program is tailored more toward hiring foreign workers. Other above-mentioned programs are usually preferred over this one for investor immigration to Canada.

Start-Up Visa Program

On the provincial level, Canadian provinces offer various immigration programs to invest and settle permanently in various parts of the country. These Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) are listed below.

ALBERTA

Alberta’s PNP program is known as the Alberta Immigration Program (AAIP). It is one of the most popular programs in the Canadian prairies due to Alberta’s ever-growing economy in the region. Each program allows foreign entrepreneurs to first receive a work permit and, after 1 to 2 years of operating their business in Alberta allows them to apply for permanent residency.

Alberta Farm Stream:

  • Managed by AAIP in collaboration with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.
  • Targets individuals with farm management skills and financial resources for investing in farming businesses in Alberta.
  • Encourages the growth and development of the agricultural industry in the province.

 Alberta Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream:

  • Designed for foreign-educated graduates from outside Canada.
  • Allows graduates to launch start-up enterprises in Alberta and obtain permanent residence.
  • Fosters innovation and entrepreneurial talent from around the world.

 Alberta Graduate Entrepreneur Stream:

  • Specifically tailored for international graduates from Alberta post-secondary institutions.
  • Enables graduates to establish and operate businesses within the province.
  • Supports the retention of talented individuals who have already studied in Alberta.

  Alberta Rural Entrepreneur Stream:

  • Geared towards entrepreneurs interested in starting or purchasing a business in a rural Alberta community.
  • Aims to promote economic growth and opportunities in rural areas.
  • Encourages entrepreneurial investment outside urban centers.
     

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Ontario

Prince Adward Island

Saskatchewan

Quebec

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“Through our 11 years of experience in business immigration, we’ve witnessed how Canada’s immigration system strategically rewards proactive planning, entrepreneurial activism, and innovative thinking. This is why our foreign entrepreneur clients, who embrace challenges, creativity, and a laser focus on business progress, have achieved remarkable success in their immigration journeys. Canada’s investor immigration programs embody the nation’s commitment to fostering innovation and rewarding entrepreneurial spirit. They offer an unparalleled opportunity for foreign entrepreneurs to thrive within a vibrant ecosystem that fuels growth and propels businesses to new heights. By leveraging their unique skill sets and unwavering determination, these individuals have triumphed in their immigration pursuits, capitalizing on the blend of planning, activism, and innovation that defines Canada’s business immigration landscape. As a specialized legal firm, we take immense pride in witnessing our clients’ achievements, which serve as an inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs worldwide, highlighting the abundant rewards that await those who dare to think differently and forge their path to prosperity in Canada.” – Rakhmad Sobirov

Federal vs Provincial Investment Immigration Programs

As a business immigrant, you have a wide selection of possible investor visa pathways. Depending on your business goals, some immigration schemes may suit you better. It is important to compare and see whether a federal or provincial program would be the best for you, your business, and your family.
Intra-Company Transfer (ICT)

The ICT program is ideal for foreign companies with a Canadian office or a subsidiary or looking to expand their operations in Canada. This business immigration program allows you to transfer employees from your foreign office to your Canadian office. These employees would be issued a temporary work permit and would generally be eligible for permanent residency after 1 year of employment in Canada.

Start-Up Visa Program (SUV)

Under Canada’s Start-Up Visa program, up to 5 founding partners of an innovative foreign company could be eligible for an open work permit for up to 3 years. Additionally, the applicants can also become eligible for permanent residency in Canada. The SUV program requires a Letter of Support or investment commitment from one of the Designated Organizations in Canada.

Entrepreneur Visa (C11)

The C11 Entrepreneur Stream is perfect for foreign entrepreneurs who want to invest in an existing Canadian business or start a new one. First, the entrepreneur would receive a temporary work permit which would allow them to operate their business in Canada. Then, after 1 year of operating the business in Canada, you will become eligible for permanent residency.

LMIA Work Permit Program

Entrepreneurs and investors can receive a work permit through the LMIA pathway and eventually permanent residency after 2 years of employment in Canada. However, this program is tailored more toward hiring foreign workers. Other above-mentioned programs are usually preferred over this one for investor immigration to Canada.

Who Should Apply to Investor Programs?

Every one of the above programs has its own eligibility requirements and application process, but most share some common elements:
  • Operate a successful business or have enough funds to buy or start one in Canada;
  • Have at least $250,000 that you can invest in your Canadian business;
  • Possess necessary skills for business development and business management
  • Have the ability to use your business experience to build a business in Canada.
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Investor Visa Process: From Work Permit to Permanent Residency to Citizenship

Every business immigrant who comes to Canada through business immigration is eligible for permanent residency. When you first receive approval for your business immigration application, you will obtain a work permit as your Canadian company will employ you. You may become eligible for permanent residency after operating your business for at least a year. After receiving permanent residence, you can eventually qualify for Canadian citizenship.
  • Operate a successful business or have enough funds to buy or start one in Canada;
  • Have at least $250,000 that you can invest in your Canadian business;
  • Possess necessary skills for business development and business management
  • Have the ability to use your business experience to build a business in Canada.
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