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Federal Investor Visa Canada
The Federal Investor Program provides an opportunity for foreign investors to invest their capital in Canada and offers many advantages to foreign investors seeking to establish Canada as their new home.
Applicants to the Federal Investor Program must have at least two (2) years of senior level business experience and the ability to invest C$800,000 in Canada for at least five (5) years. In addition, applicants must meet the pass mark on a points-based assessment. Successful applicants will obtain permanent residence, which will entitle them and their families to live and work in Canada with few restrictions.
As of July 1, 2011, this program is now closed, pending further review. It is expected that following the review, further changes will be made to this program. As you may be eligible for another Canadian Business Investor Visa, we invite you to take our Free Business Visa Eligibility Assessment.Assessment for Businesses Assessment for Employees
Federal Investor Visa Basic Requirements
To qualify for immigration under the Federal Investor Immigrant Program, applicants must be able to satisfy the basic visa requirements related to an applicant's health and character. In addition, applicants under this program must:
- Have a minimum of two (2) years of executive business experience (ownership and/or management);
- Have a minimum net worth of C$1,600,000;
- Make an investment of at least C$800,000 to CIC;
- Obtain at least 35 points on a points-based assessment; and
- Have sufficient funds to support themselves and their family in Canada.
Federal Investor Visa Entitlements
Successful applicants and holders of a Canadian Business visa become permanent residents of Canada. Permanent residents are entitled to live, work and study in Canada on a permanent basis.
Investments made under the Federal Investor Immigrant Program are guaranteed and managed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to create employment opportunities and boost local economies. Your investment will usually be returned, without interest, after approximately five (5) years.
Additional benefits of Canadian permanent residence includes access to government-subsidized education and healthcare (Medicare), as well as unrestricted access to Canada's labour market and its associated insurance and pension benefits. Permanent residents also have the ability to apply for Canadian citizenship and the opportunity to sponsor family members to join them in Canada.Assessment for Businesses Assessment for Employees
Federal Investor Visa Processing Time and Costs
|Premium Migration Service***||US$5999|
|Government Fees and Processing Times|
|Partner Application Fee||C$1040|
|Dependents Application Fee||C$150 - C$550|
|Processing Time||22 to 51 months|
- Other Business Visas
The Quebec Investor visa allows experienced business people to settle in Quebec by making an investment in the government of Quebec.
The Federal Entrepreneur visa allows successful business people to own and manage new or existing enterprises in Canada
The Quebec Entrepreneur visa permits successful business to establish business and settle in the province of Quebec.
The Provincial Nominee Entrepreneur visa program provides permanent residence to talented business people who invest in and establish business in their sponsoring Canadian province.
The Federal Self-Employed visa attracts individuals with experience and skills in the cultural, athletic or farming sectors to become self-employed in Canada
The Quebec Self-Employed visa is for self-employed professionals to pursue their occupation in the province of Quebec.
The Provincial Nominee Self-Employed visa encourages business owners and operators to establish and develop a business or farm in Canada.
The Provincial Nominee Investor visa encourages multinational businesses to establish operations and provide their foreign employees the opportunity to settle in Canada
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