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Business and Self-employed
Canada’s Start-up Visa Program helps immigrant entrepreneurs to establish businesses in Canada by allowing foreign business owners and their families to apply for permanent resident status. While waiting for their permanent residence, foreign entrepreneurs who have applied to the Start-up Visa Program are eligible for a temporary work permit, allowing them to travel to Canada to launch their businesses.
How to qualify for the Start-up Visa
Have a qualifying business
Secure commitment from a Designated Entity
Prove ability in English or French
Meet IRCC’s proof of funds requirement
Suitable if you can make a significant contribution to Canada's cultural or athletic life. or can buy and manage a farm.
How to qualify for the Self-Employed
have at least two years of relevant experience within the last 5 years
Selection criteria: experience, education, age, language, adaptability
Medical, security checks and other requirements
Intra-company transfers to Canada are a popular way for international workers to move to Canada. If you work for a company that has a parent company, branch, subsidiary, or affiliate in Canada, you may be able to secure a Canadian work permit through the Intra-company transfer program.
Intra-company transfers to Canada: categories
Workers with ‘specialized knowledge
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