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Canada's Business Immigration Program or Self Employed Visa is designed to attract from people with desirable business skills and experience that will contribute to the growth of Canada’s economy. Each year up to 12,000 visas are granted under the Business Immigration program.

Successful applicants are expected to invest in Canada, start businesses and generate revenues and employment for Canadians.

Canada has three classes of business immigrants:


•    Investors
•    Entrepreneurs and
•    Self-employed persons


1. Canada Self Employed Visa


The Self-Employed Canadian immigration visa is a business visa intended for those who desire to reside and work in Canada on a permanent basis. Applicants who have the intention and ability to become self-employed in Canada can apply for the Canada self-employed visa.

To be eligible self-employed persons are required to have either the relevant experience that will make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada or have experience in farm management and the intention and ability to purchase and manage a farm in Canada. The immigrants of self-employed visa must have the experience, purpose and talent to set up a business that will, at a minimum, create a job opening for them and will make an important contribution to cultural and economic activities in Canada; or buy and run a farm in Canada.

Eligibility Criteria

For the Federal Self-Employed visa, applicants do not need to demonstrate a minimum net worth but prove that they have sufficient funds to support their family upon their arrival, and demonstrate their intention and ability to become self-employed throughout Canada. Additionally, applicants need to provide evidence of their experience in athletic, cultural or farming activities and meet additional requirements.

Eligible self-employed applicants must meet the following criteria:

•    Have experience as a participant at a world-class level in cultural activities or The applicants
     should demonstrate that they intend to leave Canada at the end of the employment period.
•    Have experience in athletics, farm management experience or self-employment in
     cultural activities or athletics;
•    Have the intention and ability to become self-employed in the province or territory
     of destination;
•    Have sufficient English or French language skills;
•    Obtain at least 35 points on a points-based assessment; and
•    Possess sufficient settlement funds to support their family in Canada.

Point System

Applicants will be assessed based on their experience, age, education, language abilities and adaptability and must score at least 35 points if they wish to migrate to Canada. The maximum score is 100 and the pass mark at present is 35 points.

Business Experience


Points are rewarded for relevant experience within the 5 year period immediately prior to the date of the application and concluding on the day a purpose is made on the application. Points between 20 and 35 points can be earned for relevant experience. Minimum of 2 years experience in the period starting 5 years prior to the date of application and concluding the day a determination is made on the application.

Education


Points are awarded based on an applicant's highest academic qualification and the duration of the study and 5-25 points are awarded in this section.

•    Master's degree or PhD and at least 17 years of full-time study - 25 Points.
•    2 or more bachelor's degrees and at least 15 years of full-time study – 22 Points
•    3 year diploma, apprenticeship or trade certificate and at least 15 years of full-time study - 22 Points.
•    Bachelor's degree plus at least 14 years of full-time study - 20 Points.
•    2 year diploma, apprenticeship or trade certificate and at least 14 years of full-time Study - 20 Points.
•    1year Bachelor's degree plus at least 13 years of full-time study - 15 Points.
•    1 year diploma, apprenticeship or trade certificate and at least 13 years of full-time study - 15 Points.
•    1 year diploma, apprenticeship or trade certificate plus at least 12 years of full-time study - 12 Points.
•    Graduation (Secondary School) - 5 Points.

Language Skills

The official languages of Canada are English and French, points are awarded for proficiency in either. A maximum of 4 points for the first language and 2 points for the second language in each of the four assessed ability areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing are awarded.

Age

A maximum of 10 points can be earned; 10 points are awarded to those aged between 21 and 49. Two points are deducted for each year for those over the stated age bracket; with those aged less than 17 and over 53 earning no points.

Adaptability to life in Canada

Additional points can be earned for any previous work or study conducted in Canada, Canadian relatives and your partner\'s education. Up to 5 points can be earned in this category either for work or study undertaken by the applicant or their partner.

Medical, Security and other requirements

Applicants and their family members are required to undergo a medical examination, security and criminal checks. Applicants must also meet Canadian and provincial immigration regulation requirements.

Benefits of the Self Employed Visa

•    Self-Employed visa holders are free to settle anywhere in Canada, work or pursue further
     study or invest in a business access
•    Applicants will enjoy the same rights and privileges as that of the Canadian nationals with
     the exception of the right to vote
•    Applicants and their dependents will have access to government-subsidized health care and
     subsidized education
•    Applicants will have access to a highly trained workforce and will enjoy special taxation incentives
     for business investment
•    After 3 years of stay in Canada applicants can apply for Canadian citizenship.

Family Members


Family members (spouse or common-law partner, and dependent children) can apply along with the main applicant for permanent residency. Any unmarried and dependent child below 22 can also accompany the applicant to Canada.

A child below 22 who is financially dependent on the parent because of the full-time study and a child of age 22 or over who is dependent because of the mental or physical disabilities can also accompany the applicant.

Right of Permanent Residence Fee

•    $490 per person for you (the principal applicant) and your spouse or common-law partner
     (if applicable). Dependent children are exempt.


2. Canada Entrepreneur Visa

Canada Entrepreneur Program is designed to attract experienced business persons who will own and actively manage businesses in Canada that contribute to the economy and create jobs. Applicants who wish to live and work in Canada on a permanent basis can apply under the entrepreneur visa.

Eligibility

The applicant has to meet with the following basic requirements in order to qualify for entrepreneur visa :

•    Show that they have at least 2 years of business experience;
•    Have a minimum net worth of CDN $300,000 that was obtained legally;
•    Obtain at least 35 points on a points-based assessment; and
•    Comply with the conditions placed upon them as entrepreneurs once they arrive in Canada.

Business experience


The applicant should have minimum two years of business experience and should have had control of a percentage of equity of the qualifying business. The two years in the period that begins five years before you submit your application and ends when a decision is made on your applications.

Full time employment


The applicant should have been in a paid employment for a period of 1950 hours.

Net worth

The net worth of the applicant or both the applicant and his/her partner should be C$300,000 and legally acquired.

Medical examination

Both the applicant and the family members have to undergo medical examination and security checks.

Points Based System

Candidates who wish to migrate to Canada under the Entrepreneur visa are assessed on a points-based system with a minimum pass mark of 35 points. The applicants are assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

•    Age
•    Education
•    Business experience
•    Language ability
•    Adaptability

Age

The applicant can score up to 10 points under this criteria .The applicant can score the maximum points if the age of the applicant ranges between 21-49 years. 2 points will be deducted for every year if the applicant is beyond this range and there will be no points awarded for the applicants below 17 and above 53.

Education

The applicant can score points ranging from 5- 25 based on applicants highest academic qualification

          Educational qualification                                                                                              Points scored
•    secondary school credential                                                                                                        5
•    1 year post-secondary educational credential and completed
      at least 12 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies.                                                 12
•    1 year university credential at the bachelor’s level and completed
      at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies.                                                  15
•    2 year post-secondary educational credential and completed
     at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies.                                                   20
•    2 year educational credential at the bachelor’s level and completed
     at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies.                                                   20
•    3 year post-secondary educational credential and completed at least
     15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies.                                                                  22
•    2 or more university educational credentials at the bachelor’s level
     and completed at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies                        22
•    Master’s or PhD and completed at least 17 years of full-time or full-time
     equivalent studies.                                                                                                                           25

Business experience


The applicant can score up to 35 points for experience. The applicant should have a business experience at least for a period of 2 years during 5 years before lodging the application

                          Experience                             Points awarded
•    Two years of business experience                 20
•    Three years of business experience              25
•    Four years of business experience                30
•    Five years of business experience                 35

Language skills

The official languages of Canada are English and French, points are awarded for proficiency in either. The applicant should select one as primary language based on his/her proficiency and other becomes secondary language. Points will be awarded for speaking, writing, listening, reading abilities

     First Official Language      Speaking  Listening  Reading     Writing
•    High proficiency                          4                4                4                   4
•    Moderate proficiency                  2                2                2                   2
•    Basic proficiency                         1                1                1                   1
•    No proficiency                              0                0                0                   0

     Second Official Language   Speaking   Listening   Reading   Writing
•    High proficiency                           2                 2                    2              2
•    Moderate proficiency                   2                 2                    2              2
•    Basic proficiency                          1                 1                    1              1
•    No proficiency                               0                 0                    0              0

Note: The applicant can score a maximum of only two points in total for basic-level proficiency.

Adaptability

The applicant can score 6 points if he/she demonstrates that they have met with any of the following criteria.

•    The applicant has made a business exploration trip to Canada in the period beginning five years
     before the date of lodging the application
•    The applicant has participated in joint federal-provincial business immigration initiatives.

Dependants

Family members (spouse or common-law partner, and dependent children) can apply along with the main applicant for permanent residency. Any unmarried and dependent child below 22 can also accompany the applicant to Canada.

A child below 22 who is financially dependent on the parent because of the full-time study and a child of age 22 or over who is dependent because of the mental or physical disabilities can also accompany the applicant.

Benefits of the Visa

•    Entrepreneur visa holders are free to settle anywhere in Canada, work or pursue further
     study or invest in a business.
•    Applicants can invest in or establish a business anywhere in Canada (except Quebec), and
     any business venture in compliance with the requirements of this category.
•    Applicants will enjoy the same rights and privileges as that of the Canadian nationals with
     the exception of the right to vote.
•    Applicants and their dependents will have access to government-subsidized health care
     and subsidized education.
•    Applicants will have access to a highly trained workforce and will enjoy special taxation
     incentives for business investment.
•    After 3 years of stay in Canada applicants can apply for Canadian citizenship.
•    Quebec (on or after March 19, 2004)
•    Saskatchewan (on or after November 5, 2004)
•    Yukon (on or after July 14, 2004)
•    All other provinces or territories (on or after July 20, 2005).

Obligations

Entrepreneurs have to comply with the following obligations

•    manage a percentage of equity in a qualifying business equal to 33 1/3 per cent or more
•    provide active and on-going management of the qualifying Canadian business
•    Provide full time employment in Canadian qualifying business to a person who is a Canadian
     citizen or permanent resident other than family members of the entrepreneur.

The applicant should meet the above conditions for at least a period of one year with in the 3 year period immediately after obtaining permanent residency in Canada.

The entrepreneur should provide evidence to the officer that he/she has complied with the conditions with in the duration of 3 years once the permanent residency is granted.


3. Canada Investors Visa

Canada Investors Program is designed to attract experienced business people to invest C$800,000 into Canada's economy. Applicants who wish to live and work in Canada on a permanent basis can apply under the Investors visa.

Eligibility

The applicant has to meet with the following basic requirements in order to qualify for investors visa :

•    at least two years of business experience in the past five years, defined
     as management and ownership of a qualifying business, or Management
     of 5 employees in a business;
•    have a minimum net worth of C$1,600,000 that was obtained legally;
•    make a C$800,000 investment (Financing is available);

Business experience


The applicant should have minimum two years of business experience and should have had control of a percentage of equity of the qualifying business. The two years in the period that begins five years before you submit your application and ends when a decision is made on your applications.

Full time employment

The applicant should have been in a paid employment for a period of 1950 hours.

Net worth


The net worth of the applicant or both the applicant and his/her partner should be C$1,600,000 and legally acquired.

Medical examination

Both the applicant and the family members have to undergo medical examination and security checks.

Points Based System

Candidates who wish to migrate to Canada under the Investors visa are assessed on a points-based system with a minimum pass mark of 35 points. The applicants are assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

•    Age
•    Education
•    Business experience
•    Language ability
•    Adaptability


Age


The applicant can score up to 10 points under this criteria .The applicant can score the maximum points if the age of the applicant ranges between 21-49 years. 2 points will be deducted for every year if the applicant is beyond this range and there will be no points awarded for the applicants below 17 and above 53.

Education


The applicant can score points ranging from 5- 25 based on applicants highest academic qualification.

          Educational qualification                                                                                              Points scored
•    secondary school credential                                                                                                        5
•    1 year post-secondary educational credential and completed
      at least 12 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies.                                                 12
•    1 year university credential at the bachelor’s level and completed
      at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies.                                                  15
•    2 year post-secondary educational credential and completed
     at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies.                                                   20
•    2 year educational credential at the bachelor’s level and completed
     at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies.                                                   20
•    3 year post-secondary educational credential and completed at least
     15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies.                                                                  22
•    2 or more university educational credentials at the bachelor’s level
     and completed at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies                        22
•    Master’s or PhD and completed at least 17 years of full-time or full-time
     equivalent studies.                                                                                                                           25

Business experience


The applicant can score up to 35 points for experience. The applicant should have a business experience at least for a period of 2 years during 5 years before lodging the application

                          Experience                             Points awarded
•    Two years of business experience                 20
•    Three years of business experience              25
•    Four years of business experience                30
•    Five years of business experience                 35

Language skills

The official languages of Canada are English and French, points are awarded for proficiency in either. The applicant should select one as primary language based on his/her proficiency and other becomes secondary language. Points will be awarded for speaking, writing, listening, reading abilities

     First Official Language      Speaking  Listening  Reading     Writing
•    High proficiency                          4                4                4                   4
•    Moderate proficiency                  2                2                2                   2
•    Basic proficiency                         1                1                1                   1
•    No proficiency                              0                0                0                   0

     Second Official Language   Speaking   Listening   Reading   Writing
•    High proficiency                           2                 2                    2              2
•    Moderate proficiency                   2                 2                    2              2
•    Basic proficiency                          1                 1                    1              1
•    No proficiency                               0                 0                    0              0

Note: The applicant can score a maximum of only two points in total for basic-level proficiency.

Adaptability

The applicant can score 6 points if he/she demonstrates that they have met with any of the following criteria.

•    The applicant has made a business exploration trip to Canada in the period beginning five years
      before the date of lodging the application
•    The applicant has participated in joint federal-provincial business immigration initiatives.

Dependants


Family members (spouse or common-law partner, and dependent children) can apply along with the main applicant for permanent residency. Any unmarried and dependent child below 22 can also accompany the applicant to Canada.

A child below 22 who is financially dependent on the parent because of the full-time study and a child of age 22 or over who is dependent because of the mental or physical disabilities can also accompany the applicant.

Benefits of the Visa

•    Investors visa holders are free to settle anywhere in Canada, work or pursue further
     study or invest in a business.
•    Applicants can invest in or establish a business anywhere in Canada (except Quebec), and
     any business venture in compliance with the requirements of this category.
•    Applicants will enjoy the same rights and privileges as that of the Canadian nationals with
     the exception of the right to vote.
•    Applicants and their dependents will have access to government-subsidized health care
     and subsidized education.
•    Applicants will have access to a highly trained workforce and will enjoy special taxation
     incentives for business investment.
•    After 3 years of stay in Canada applicants can apply for Canadian citizenship.
•    Quebec (on or after March 19, 2004)
•    Saskatchewan (on or after November 5, 2004)
•    Yukon (on or after July 14, 2004)
•    All other provinces or territories (on or after July 20, 2005).

Obligations

Investors have to comply with the following obligations

•    manage a percentage of equity in a qualifying business equal to 33 1/3 per cent or more
•    provide active and on-going management of the qualifying Canadian business
•    Provide full time employment in Canadian qualifying business to a person who is a Canadian
     citizen or permanent resident other than family members of the investors.

The applicant should meet the above conditions for at least a period of one year with in the 3 year period immediately after obtaining permanent residency in Canada.

The investors should provide evidence to the officer that he/she has complied with the conditions with in the duration of 3 years once the permanent residency is granted.

Fees


Investor, Entrepreneur or Self-Employed Persons Class

                   Applicant                                                                         Cost
•    Principal applicant                                                                 $1050.00
•    A family member of the principal applicant
      who is 22 years of age or older, or is less than              $550.00
      or is less than 22 years of age and is a spouse
      or common-law partner     
•    A family member of the principal applicant who               $150.00
     is less than 22 years of age and is not a spouse
     or common-law partner   

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