Canada Business Visas
A highly educated, affluent population, Canada is one of the best places for businessmen and entrepreneurs to ply their trade. There’s always a world of opportunity awaiting the industrious person in this great country and we help thousands of them every year.
Our success since 1996, when we were founded by ex-immigration officers and lawyers, has made us the world's largest and most successful immigration company. Our teams of immigration experts work in our offices that span the world. All this makes IXP synonymous with quality and success. We are fully accredited by the government and know how best to represent our clients’ cases for business immigration. Over 94% of our clients would refer a friend or family member.
We offer everyone who contacts us today a FREE fast, friendly assessment of your case to bring you peace of mind.
Business Routes to Immigration
Canada immigration applications are especially welcome from foreign nationals with business experience who can make a significant contribution to the Canadian economy. The three different visa classes in which you can apply for a Canada business visa are set out below. Each application can be made for only one class and cannot be altered.
The Immigrant Investor scheme allows applicants to become permanent residents of Canada if they:
- Can demonstrate a net worth of C$1,600,00 that was obtained legally.
- Show that they have a minimum of two years’ of business experience.
- Make a C$800,000 investment (refundable)
Applicants must also prove that they can support themselves and their dependants once they are in Canada.
Canadian Entrepreneur Visas
This scheme aims to attract foreign nationals to own and actively manage businesses in Canada, which will create jobs and contribute to the economy. To qualify, applicants must show that they have a minimum net worth of C$300,000. They must also demonstrate that they have managed a qualifying business and controlled a percentage of that company’s equity for a stipulated period.
Another route to obtaining a Canada business visa is for foreign nationals to apply under the scheme for Self-Employed Persons. Applicants will need to prove relevant experience in one of the following:
- Participation in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level.
- Farm management experience.
- Self-employment in cultural activities or athletics.
Qualifying occupations include librarianship, journalism and the performing arts, as well as the technical side of film and broadcasting. Canada also operates a points-based selection system for potential immigrants. Applicants will need to score a minimum of 35 points to qualify.
An Immigrant Empire
We live in a world that is becoming smaller all the time. This is great news for businessmen and workers alike as opportunities are now truly global and if there are no prospects in your home country, there are thousands elsewhere. Here, one of our clients explains how quickly one business can become international:
“When I saw that a chain of businesses were going up for sale in Toronto, I didn’t have to think twice before bidding. My companies which I had started in France were doing very well and I wanted to expand my empire so that my kids could have something when they get older. My bid turned out to be the winning one and I arranged to take control of the company in due course. Now I had a problem. I was about to own a chain of successful stores in a country I’d only ever visited once before! I called IXP in a rush, needing answers to my immigration problems, and my advisor quickly calmed me down, reassuring me that my prospects were good. As I was about to own and manage a Canadian business, I was able to sort out my case fairly easily. I have been living in Canada for two years since all of that and my newly acquired business is thriving. The world of business never stops and sometimes we’re surprised by our own choices. This was a definite gamble but it definitely paid off for me.”