Business Immigration to Canada

The federal business immigration includes:

  1. Start-up Visa Program.
  2. Self-employed Persons Program.

Start-up Visa Program

The Start-up Visa Immigration Program is a great immigration pathway to Canada for entrepreneurs who have innovative business ideas and are able to create job opportunities for Canadians. The main goal of this immigration program is to attract entrepreneurs from all around the world to add value to the Canadian economy and society as a whole.

To be eligible for Start-up Visa Program, candidates must:

  • Have an innovative business idea and a business plan
  • Receive a Letter of Support from one of the designated organizations in Canada. At the moment, there are only three types of organizations that can participate in the investment process:
  1. Venture Capital Funds - must invest at least $ 200,000 CAD.
  2. Angel Investor Groups - the investments must be at least $ 75,000 CAD.
  3. Business Incubator Organizations - no investment requirements, but the applicant has to be accepted into one of the business incubators in Canada.

The advantages of the Start-up Visa immigration program:

  • Relatively low language requirements - CLB 5.
  • Within one business idea may apply for up to 5 founders (as well as their family members).
  • Low educational requirements - have at least 1 year of post-secondary education.

Do you want to immigrate to Canada under the Start-up Visa program? Our immigration company would be glad to assist you in your whole immigration process.

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Self-employed Persons Program

The Self-employed Persons Program allows people to immigrate to Canada permanently as a self-employed person.

If you’re interested in this program, you must:

  • have relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics and
  • be willing and able to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada

There is no formal definition of “significant contribution”, however, the visa officer considers the following factors:

  • Will the business benefit Canadian society and provide an economic boost to the country/city/region?
  • Will new job opportunities be created for Canadians?
  • Will the new business provide technological and innovative development in Canada?

Eligibility to the program:

To be eligible for Self-employed programs, a candidate must:

  • have relevant experience between 5 years before the application date, either in cultural or athletic activities:​
    1. At least two years of self-employment (can be made up of 2 separate periods of 1 consecutive year), or
    2. At least two years of participation in international activities (can be made up of 2 separate periods of 1 consecutive year), or
    3. At least a combo of one year of self-employment, and one year of participation in international activities.
  • Have to meet the selection criteria for self-employed people, which means getting a minimum of 35 points out of 100 on the main selection criteria (education, work experience, age, knowledge of the language, adaptability).

Only occupations in art, culture, recreation, and sport under the National Occupation Classification (NOC) qualify for this program.

1See the list of eligible professions:
• NOC 5111 Librarians
• NOC 5112 Conservators and curators
• NOC 5113 Archivists
• NOC 5121 Authors and writers
• NOC 5122 Editors
• NOC 5123 Journalists
• NOC 5125 Translators, terminologists, and interpreters
• NOC 5131 Producers, directors, choreographers, and related occupations
• NOC 5132 Conductors, composers, and arrangers
• NOC 5133 Musicians and singers
• NOC 5134 Dancers
• NOC 5135 Actors and comedians
• NOC 5136 Painters, sculptors, and other visual artists
• NOC 5211 Library and public archive technicians
• NOC 5212 Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries
• NOC 5221 Photographers
• NOC 5222 Film and video camera operators
• NOC 5223 Graphic arts technicians
• NOC 5224 Broadcast technicians
• NOC 5225 Audio and video recording technicians
• NOC 5226 Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, and the performing arts
• NOC 5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography, and the performing arts
• NOC 5231 Announcers and other broadcasters
• NOC 5232 Other performers, n.e.c.
• NOC 5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
• NOC 5242 Interior designers and interior decorators
• NOC 5243 Theatre, fashion, exhibit, and other creative designers
• NOC 5244 Artisans and craftspersons
• NOC 5245 Patternmakers - textile, leather, and fur products


If you want to immigrate to Canada under one of the federal business immigration programs, our experts can conduct a preliminary assessment of your opportunities and assist you in your whole immigration process. In order for us to determine the right immigration pathway for you, simply follow these steps:

Step 2
Our team will contact you to book a free consultation
Step 3
Sign an agreement and start your immigration journey

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