Business Plan Immigration
Canada is considered one of the best countries in the world to launch a business. With low taxes, easy access to the American and Pacific Rim markets, cutting edge innovation and low business start up costs, Canada is gaining traction as the place to launch new ventures.
Several Canadian provinces have their own business immigration program. Sterling Immigration can advise you about each program so that you can make an informed decision about where to invest.
Some of the key features of the Canadian Business Visa include:
Low minimum net worth requirement of CAD$350,000,
Low minimum investment of CAD$150,000,
A minimum of two years’ previous business ownership or senior management experience.
Secure Canadian permanent residence in as little as 12 months.
Canadian Business Visa Requirements
To qualify for a Canadian Business Visa you must make an investment in an eligible business. Lists of ineligible businesses are updated regularly. If a particular location is saturated with similar businesses then your application will not succeed.
You may establish your own business. If you do you must show that your business will create a certain number of jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents according to the proposed business location.
You may also take over or invest in an existing business. If you are taking over a live business you must maintain existing jobs. If you are investing in an existing business as a partner, your ownership share must be at least 33%of an eligible business.
You must prove that you will actively manage your proposed business and must live within a certain radius of the business location. You must satisfy the Canadian immigration authorities that your investment is not a passive one.
Your total net worth, business plan, investment, business location, previous experience, language ability and education will all be assessed before the Canadian authorities make a decision.
Before your immigrant visa is issued, you are required to sign a statement that you intend and will be able to meet the conditions of visa at certain agreed milestones.
If you are investing in a Canadian business which is not related to an existing business overseas, you may consider either an LMIA-exempt entrepreneur work permit or an LMIA-based work permit for owner operators. It is important to determine what percentage of ownership of the Canadian company the foreign national does or will own.
Majority ownership in a Canadian company (50% or more) – the person may qualify for a “significant benefit” work permit. NO LMIA is required but a certificate of exemption should be sought prior to filing a work permit application.
Minority ownership in a Canadian company (less than 50%) – the person may qualify for an LMIA-based work permit. No advertising would be required, and the foreign national would need to demonstrate that an employer-employee relationship exists, even though they own a part of the business.
Quebec Investor Visa
The Quebec Investor Visa is one of the most popular passive investor visas in the world. It is administered and guaranteed by the government of Quebec, Canada’s largest province and has been in operation since 1986.
Even though this is a passive investor program, the Quebec Government seeks applicants with previous business ownership or senior managerial experience.
With the Quebec Investor Program, your capital is invested in a five-year, zero-interest, government-guaranteed Quebec term note that supports Quebec-based businesses, creating jobs and fostering economic growth.
At the end of 5 years, your full capital is returned and you enjoy the satisfaction of having made an important contribution to the economy of your new country and the well-being of your new fellow citizens.
To qualify for Quebec Investor Visa, interest applicants must:
Have a minimum net worth of CAD$2,000,000 that was obtained legally
Make a CAD$1,200,000 investment for 5 years with zero interest but fully refundable or choose the financing option through designated securities brokerages with a down payment of CAD$350,000
Have at least 2 years of senior managerial or business ownership experience in the past 5 years
Application collection period from 10th September 2018 to 15th March 2019
Requirements for age, education and English level are very flexible.
An applicant does not need to establish a business in Canada.
Investors in the program will receive a permanent resident visa from the Government of Canada.
Your spouse and children under 19 years of age can accompany you to Canada as permanent residents.
Note that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees mobility rights, or free movement within Canada: “Every citizen of Canada and every person who has the status of a permanent resident of Canada has the right to move to and take up residence in any province and to pursue the gaining of a livelihood in any province.”
For more information please contact the team at Sterling Immigration Hong Kong