There are two types of specific visa programs that offer self-employed individuals from foreign countries business immigration options. Each of these options will allow foreign nationals to continue being self-employed when they move to Canada.
This class targets applicants seeking business immigration to Canada who:
Applicants must have a minimum of two years work experience during the previous five years prior to the application date. They can continue adding to this experience before a final decision on their application is made.
The work experience must be in one of the following:
Further to this experience, applicants must prove they have sufficient personal net worth to qualify for investment immigration to Canada.
Although the threshold for net worth is not specified, the individual should have enough financial means to be able to:
This program offered by the province of Quebec offers another method of business immigration for self-employed candidates.
Both skilled workers and those who are self-employed will be assessed using a selection grid which considers many factors from the applicant. A points system is used to determine successful applications with thresholds set for pre-selection and final selection stages.
Prospects for investment immigration through the Quebec program must meet all occupational entry prerequisites or licensing requirements where applicable. Furthermore, unlike skilled workers, applicants who are self-employed need to satisfy the following criteria:
Both the Federal Class and the Quebec program are excellent alternatives for foreign investors to consider when seeking business immigration to Canada. Ultimately, they may prove to the most suitable route to choose if they are keen to continue working for themselves when they eventually do make the move.
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