The main types of business / investor programs that are suited for investors with relatively high net worth applicants.
Federal programs / Start-Up Visa program
Entrepreneur Start-up Visa Program – these entrepreneurs must secure funding from a Canadian investment organization that will invest in a unique business created in Canada.
Usually linking with a private sector organization is the key to a successful funding and guidance.
If the funding is coming from a venture capital fund, the investment must be at least $200,000. If the investment is coming from an angel investor group then the investment should be at least $75,000.
Evidence of commitment from the investment organization in the form of a Investment certificate must be submitted to IRCC
Applicant must receive a letter of support from the investment organization which to the submitted with the PR application.
A peer review occurs of the cases under this Start-up visa program to protect against fraud.
Note: Only up to five applicants can apply for Permanent residency through the same business venture
Note: If the Canadian start-up is unsuccessful, permanent resident status will not be revoked.
Self-Employed Persons Program – for applicants willing to support themselves and their dependents through self-employed
These applicants must show desire to make a noteworthy contribution to Canadian cultural life or sports
The applicant must have at least two years of being self-employed or participating in a word-class level of cultural activities or athletics.
PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) Business Immigration
These programs follow similar criteria to the federal program while applying only within that chosen province.