Canada offers experienced entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors the opportunity to acquire permanent residency, to establish your business in a country with one of the most robust national economies anywhere.
And that's not just for your business: these visas may be the foundation to secure your family residency as well, in a country that consistently provides a quality of life ranked in the top 3 nations, year after year.
Program details vary, but most have requirements for minimum personal net worth and investment commitments, and the production of business plans and local residency commitments.
Here is a list of the top visa opportunities in this category:
Canada is particularly interested in entrepreneurs, senior business leaders, and owner/operators of businesses who want to establish business operations in Canada. All economic sectors are potentially eligible, and projects will be considered a priority if they involve a product or service that is new or would generate significant benefits. Personal net worth and investment commitment criteria vary by province, but business experience is also a key factor, and the application relies on the preparation of the business plans that are congruent with provincial investment goals and federal visa requirements.
Canada has historically welcomed immigrants whose personal net worth allows them to put funds into a low-risk bond or similar government investment in exchange for permanent residency visas. For various reasons these have fallen out of favour, and most of the investor visa programs -- including most prominently the federal government's investor program -- have closed. However, some provincial investor visa programs continue to welcome applicants. If you think you might qualify and want to avoid other business entanglements, an investor visa could pay the Canadian Visa dividend without the hassle of similar visas in this category. But if you are interested, do not wait: these visas often come with strict quotas, and we are anticipating an increase in the minimum funds requirements in 2018.
The title may sound like an Entrepreneur visa, but it targets a particular type of entrepreneur: those with the backing of an authorised venture capital or angel investor group, or one that has developed via a designated business incubator. If you are planning or growing a start-up, are looking into development funding, and are considering ways to secure a Canadian visa, this could be a route worth a look.
Among the Provincial Nominee Programs is the opportunity for self-employed professionals who can provide a service that is in demand to establish business outlets or professional practices. This category applies to self-employed professionals only. Professionals seeking to be employed by a business should refer to the Skilled Worker visa programs.
Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan all have a deep understanding of and commitment to supporting their farming sectors, and these provinces with one another to add to the ranks of experienced business people with the farming experience necessary to intelligently invest in and support farming. This is not an opportunity for would-be hobby farmers, however. In addition to substantial capex requirements, you must bring evidence of solid farming sector experience to qualify.
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As ever, there is more than one route for qualified applicants to achieve their aims.
Some of our business clients prefer "hands on" control of their business, while others prefer "hands off" investment options. Either way, we guide clients through the visa application, help build Canadian legal infrastructure, introduce them to our network of Canadian contacts, so as to ensure they "hit the ground running" upon arrival.
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Visa Opportunities for Experienced Investors & Entrepreneurs
Name: Top Business & Investor Visa Opportunities
Description: Choosing the best visa for your needs and for your business is not straightforward. Provincial programs are designed to lure inward investment, but it is important to pick the right one. The federal investment program has been closed and probably won't reopen (soon or ever), but there are options. Watch out as well for an anticipated uplift the minimum entry costs as set by provincial authorities.