How Can I Move to Canada As a Business Immigrant?

18 April 2019

How Can I Move to Canada As a Business Immigrant Evelyn Ackah Ackah Business Immigration Law

Canada's Business Immigration Program welcomes individuals who want to move to Canada and start a business or who want to be self-employed in Canada. It is managed under Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and is a part of the government's commitment to increase economic immigration and to improve Canada's economy due to the aging workforce. 

There are two pathways for business people to move to Canada:

  • Start-Up Visa Program
  • Self-Employed Persons Program 

How to Immigrate to Canada in the Start-Up Business Class 

Canada's Start-Up Visa Program for Entrepreneurs was launched as a 5-year program in 2013 to encourage business immigration to Canada, but was so successful it became a permanent IRCC program in 2018. The Start-Up Business Class targets immigrant entrepreneurs who have the skills and resources to build businesses in Canada and:

  • who are innovative 
  • can create jobs for Canadians 
  • can compete on a global scale

Canada’s Start-Up Visa is the first of its kind in the world, linking immigrant entrepreneurs with experienced private sector organizations that have expertise in working with start-ups, including:

  • venture capital funds
  • angel investor groups 
  • business incubators 

Business immigrants who want to buy a business in Canada and qualify for a Temporary Foreign Worker permit under owner-operator policies will benefit from discussing their application and qualifications with an immigration legal expert who can advise them. 

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Requirements for Canada Entrepreneur Start-Up Visa Program 

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How to Immigrate to Canada as a Self-Employed Person 

To immigrate to Canada as a self-employed person, you must demonstrate you are able to be self-employed in Canada and meet all selection, medical and security criteria to move to Canada.

There are 2 pathways to becoming a Canada Permanent Resident in the Self-Employed Visa program: Cultural Activities and Athletics. Applicants must be willing and able to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada. 

  • Cultural Activities
    Cultural and artistic fields applicants must meet the criteria of "world class" workers and can include: 
    • authors and writers
    • creative and performing artists
    • musicians
    • painters
    • sculptors and other visual artists
    • technical support and other jobs in motion pictures
    • creative designers 
    • craftspeople
  • Athletics
    Self-employed applicants to move to Canada must have taken part in athletics at a world-class level or have work experience being self-employed in athletics, including:
    • coaches 
    • trainers 
    • athletes 

Note: As of March 10, 2018, IRCC is no longer accepting new applications under the Farm Management Stream of the Self-Employed Person Program

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Qualifications to Immigrate to Canada as a Self-Employed Person  

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Qualifications to Immigrate to Canada as a Self-Employed Person

Your  Self-Employed Person application must score 35 out of a possible 100 points. The visa officer will also consider your work experience, age, language proficiency and other criteria to determine if you qualify. The visa officer who interviews you has the discretion to grant Permanent Residence, but you must formally ask for that consideration. 

Business immigrants applying for a Self-Employed Visa into Canada will benefit from discussing their application and qualifications with an immigration legal expert who can advise them on 

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Evelyn Ackah is a US and Canada immigration law expert and founder and managing lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. Business immigration law focuses on helping people move into new opportunities — both personally and professionally. Ackah Immigration Law helps you to navigate the complex maze of rules and regulations involved with Canadian, U.S. and international immigration law with confidence. Headquartered in Calgary and with offices in Vancouver and Toronto, Ackah Business Immigration Law provides legal immigration advice for those looking to move for work, education or personal reasons. 

We provide expertise in all areas of immigration law ranging from corporate immigration to personal and family immigration matters. We provide comprehensive immigration services to clients around the world representing corporations, institutions, not for profit organizations and individual clients. As your immigration lawyers and paralegals, we provide you with timely and strategic advice relating to the constantly changing immigration laws and regulations. 

Contact Ackah Business Immigration Law

Calgary: (403) 452‑9515     Vancouver: (604) 985‑9512     Toronto: (416) 643‑7177

North America: 1 (800) 932-1190

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