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This program is no longer running, as of July 2012, and there are currently no plans to resume the program.

Entrepreneur Visa Program

To qualify for this program as an entrepreneur, the applicant must have a net worth of at least $300,000 and should be willing and be able to establish, invest in or acquire a business in Canada which will create or maintain employment in Canada.

To Be Eligible for This Program, You Must:

  • Have at least two years of experience in running a business acquired during the five years preceding the date you submitted your application. This should be in a lawful and profitable business that you manage alone or with an accompanying spouse or common-law spouse, controlling at least 25% of the capital equity;
  • Have experience in running a business. This is defined as the actual and full-time assuming of the responsibilities and duties related to the planning, management and control of material, financial and human resources, or specialization process attested to by a diploma; and
  • Control at last 25% of the capital equity

Assessment of the Application Will Take Into Account Other Factors Such As:

  • The applicant’s age and the age of their spouse;
  • The nature and duration of the applicant’s training; and
  • The applicant’s language skills

If you qualify for an Entrepreneurial Program, you and your immediate family can obtain Canadian Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visas under the Federal Program. This is for applicants intending to reside anywhere in Canada, except for Quebec.

The Entrepreneur Program requires you to establish or acquire at least 33.33% in a quality Canadian business that you must actively manage. Your business must also create at least one new job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

If you are looking to establish, invest in or acquire a business in Canada, our professional RCICs and immigration consultants will ensure that your visa documentation is submitted correctly and on time. Our consultants will also advise you on the visa options best suited to your individual profile. Contact us today to begin your application process.