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InterJurisconsult law firm has successfully represented business people, business corporations/companies, international organisations/not-for-profit organisations/non-profit organisations/non-governmental organisations(NGOs)/religious groups/charitable organizations, and partnerships in their Canadian immigration matters. We assist business corporations and other organisations in their employee relocations to any part of Canada, and we also assist individual business persons in their temporary and permanent relocation to any part of Canada. Our firm handles all Canadian immigration matters, and we cooperate with other Canadian professionals providing corporate, commercial, real estate, accounting and other professional services. In addition, we cooperate with foreign professionals to provide our clients with Global immigration services and other professional services.

  • Work Permits (for Temporary Work in Canada)
  • Intra-Company Transfers (for Temporary Work in Canada)
  • Business Visitor Visas (for Temporary Business Visits to Canada)
  • Federal Business Immigration Programs (for Permanent Residence in Canada)
  • Quebec Business Immigration Programs (for Permanent Residence in Canada)
  • Provincial Nominee Programs for Business Persons (for Permanent Residence in Canada)

Depending on circumstances, foreign business persons (or foreign employees of businesses or not-for-profit/non-profit/non-governmental/charitable organizations) may come to Canada to engage in a business activity on a temporary or permanent basis. Such persons may require a work permit or business visitor visa if they come to Canada on a temporary basis, and if they want to engage in a permanent business activity in Canada, they will have to apply for permanent residence in Canada.

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Work Permits

Foreign persons may be applying for work permit on the basis of confirmation from Service Canada / Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), or on the basis of ESDC exempt work permit category.

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Intra-Company Transfers

Foreign persons working for business entities, or for not-for-profit/non-profit/non-governmental/charitable organizations abroad may be sent to work in Canada under Intra-Company Transfer in a corresponding parent, branch, subsidiary, or affiliate establishment operating in Canada.

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Business Visitor Visas

Engaging in certain types of business activity in Canada may not require a foreign person to obtain a work permit, and in such case a foreign person may be admitted into Canada as a business visitor.

From Business Work Permit to Permanent Residence in Canada

Foreign business persons may be eligible to obtain a work permit to do business in Canada. Obtaining such work permit for business activity in Canada may create an opportunity to later apply for permanent residence in Canada.

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Provincial Nominee Programs (based on Permanent Job Offer)

Canadian Provinces and Territories have various Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) for qualifying prospective immigrants, who have a suitable job offer from a qualifying Canadian employer. Both Canadian employer and prospective immigrant have to be involved in the PNP application process at different stages. Some Canadian employers find PNP programs to be very attractive avenues for recruiting and retaining foreign skilled workers. One of the advantages of PNP programs is that they allow foreign skilled workers to apply for Canadian work permits on the basis of PNP nomination even before completion of permanent residence application process with the Federal Government of Canada.

Provincial Nominee Programs (for Business Immigration)

Canadian Provinces and Territories have various business immigration programs as part of their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). N.B.: Among the most important requirements of PNP programs is for the business immigrants to settle and set up a business in the Province or Territory they choose to immigrate to.

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Federal Business Immigration Programs

Canada needs experienced business people with sufficient capital to make their contribution to the Canadian economy. Federal Government currently has two business immigration programs: Start-Up Visa, and Self-employed Persons.

START-UP VISA (Federal Immigration Program) - New Program!

The Start-Up Visa Program allows immigrant entrepreneurs from around the world to start innovative businesses in Canada that will create jobs in Canada and will one day be able to compete internationally. The Start-Up Visa Program allows immigrant entrepreneurs to get private investors in Canada to invest in their Start-up businesses in Canada. However, some prosepctive immigrants may decide to drely on their own financial resources for their Start-up business in Canada.

Start-up Program Requirements:

  • Have a qualifying business
  • Obtain a letter of support from a designated Canadian organisation
  • Provide proof of ability to communicate in English or French
  • Provide proof of having sufficient financial resources to settle in Canada

SELF-EMPLOYED IMMIGRATION (Federal Immigration Program)

Federal Immigration Program for Self-Employed Persons is intended to attract prospective immigrants who have the intention and ability to become self-employed in Canada.

In order to qualify for Federal Immigration Program for Self-Employed Persons a prospective immigrant has to satisfy the following requirements:

  • Must have relevant experience (participation in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level; or self-employment in cultural activities or athletics; or farm management experience). Such relevant experience should enable prospective self-employed immigrant to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada; or, alternatively, prospective self-employed immigrant farm management experience should have intention and ability to buy and manage a farm in Canada;
  • Must fulfill selection criteria, based on experience, education, age, language abilities (English and/or French and adaptability).

All immigrants should also meet medical, security and criminal checks requirements.

Quebec Business Immigration Programs

Federal and Quebec Governments signed a Canada-Quebec accord which allows Quebec to operate its own immigrant investor, entrepreneur and self-employed immigration programs.

INVESTOR IMMIGRATION (Quebec Immigration Program):

Here are some of the financial requirements of Quebec Investor Immigration Program:

  • Net Assets: min. CAD$2,000,000
  • Contribution to Quebec (non-refundable): CAD$200,000
  • Investment: CAD$1,000,000 for 5 years without interests (N.B.: It may be possible to obtain investment financing from a Canadian financial institution)

ENTREPRENEUR IMMIGRATION (Quebec Immigration Program)

SELF-EMPLOYED IMMIGRATION (Quebec Immigration Program)

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