Canada’s International Mobility Program (IMP) has carved a way for Canadian employers to hire temporary workers from all over the world where Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) doesn’t affect the work permit requests from immigrants. The same IMP program has another LMIA exemption that goes with the name “C11”. Exemption code C11 lets entrepreneurs and self-employed individuals apply for a work permit that does not require LMIA.
Essentially, the C11 work permit is for two types of entrepreneurs. The first group is those entrepreneurs who want a temporary entry to Canada based on their entrepreneurial plans and career. The second group seeks the C11 work permit in the context of the entrepreneurial or self-employed permanent residence program.
Whether you are looking for a temporary stay or permanent residency with your C11 entrepreneur work permit, you need to prove to the immigration officer that:
- You own a business yourself or are a self-employed individual with a viable business plan and resources.
- The business/venture/self-employed gig you run can bring considerable economic as well as social and cultural benefits for Canadian citizens.
If an applicant can satisfy the immigration officer for these two things, they will be awarded the C11 entrepreneur work permit.