Business/Investor PNPs in Canadian Provinces

Canadian provinces and territories nominate eligible entrepreneurs and investors through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Candidates must want to live in a specific Canadian province and have the funds, skills, education, and business work experience to contribute to the economy of a Canadian province.

Overview of Business/Investor PNPs by Canadian Province

Each Canadian province has its investor, entrepreneur, and/or farm investor business programs and specifies requirements for each stream. There are 4 main criteria under which provinces select their business nominees: personal net worth, relevant business experience, amount of investment, the viability of a business idea. There are also other criteria such as education, language ability, age, etc.
Provincial Business/Investor Programs (PNPs)
Canadian provinces and territories have their own immigration programs "streams" through which they target business people (PNPs [Provincial Nominee Programs]). Prospective business immigrants with a sufficiently high score, necessary skills, education, business work experience, and viable business concept will be invited to establish and operate a business concept in the province. This process is normally happening through several stages of (1) expressing interest to apply under the provincial business immigration program, (2) acceptance to the program and applying for a work permit, (3) establishing and operating a business, (4) getting a provincial nomination for permanent residence, and (5) applying for permanent residence to IRCC [Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada]. Want to read more about the requirements and business streams in the Canadian provinces - Quebec, Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Iceland, Saskatchewan, Yukon?
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Federal Startup Visa Program (SUV)
Business persons with an innovative business idea supported by one of the designated Canadian organizations can apply for permanent residence under Startup Business Class. A team of up to five people can apply for permanent residence under the SUV program. All essential applicants can come to work on the innovative project while their permanent residence applications are being processed. If you are ready to establish an innovative business in Canada, read about the Startup Visa Program requirements and process.
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Federal Self-Employed Persons Program (SEPP)
Entrepreneurs having at least two years of experience in arts, cultural activities, or athletics can immigrate to Canada under the Self-Employed Persons Program. These business people must have the ability and intention to be self-employed in the same industry sectors in Canada. Want to learn more about the selection criteria and pass-score under the Self-Employed Persons Program?
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From Intra-Corporate Transferee to Permanent Resident
Business owners of multinational corporations have the opportunity to establish and manage an affiliated company in Canada (branch or subsidiary). They can apply for an Intra-Company Transfer Work Permit to establish and manage the corporation's office in Canada. After the business owner/transferee launches the Canadian subsidiary and makes it fully operational, they may be eligible to apply for permanent residence to continue managing this business. Canadian subsidiary will have to extend a permanent job offer. Want to learn more about an Intra-Company Transfer Work Permit?
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On average, the timeline is several years for a business immigrant with an accompanying spouse and dependent children to become Canadian permanent residents and another three years to apply for Canadian citizenship.
Selecting the Right Business Immigration Program Can Be Challenging.
At Lerom Law, we know you are the kind of people who want to be successful business owners in Canada. Immigration-wise, this is combined with the necessity to select a business program that would qualify you to become a Canadian permanent resident. We provide the description of all Canadian business immigration programs, federal and provincial, on our website. So, you are in the right place to start research.

Knowing Your Options Means:

Leading To Gaining Canadian Permanent Residence