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Investor Immigration - Canada

To qualify as an investor immigrant, destined for a province other than Quebec, you you must prove that:

  1. You have "Business Experience", as described below;

  2. You have a Net Worth of $800,000 CDN.  This can include you home, business, property, bank deposits or investments;

  3. You invest $400,000 CDN into a Government operated Immigrant Investor Program for a period of 5 years, with no interest.  You may also be able to finance this purchase and just give a down payment of $130,000 or less.

Investor Immigrants destined for the province of Quebec must apply under the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program.

If you can prove these three things, you can qualify for an unconditional immigrant visa to Canada for yourself and your family members.

"Business Experience"

You can qualify for Business Experience in two ways: either as a Shareholder Owner/Manager of a business, or as a Senior Manager of a business.

  1. Senior Manager:  You have managed at least 5 full time employees for at least two years in the period beginning 5 years prior to the date of your immigration application.

  2. Owner/Manager:  You have owned part or all of a qualifying business.  The smaller share that you own of the business, the larger the business must be to qualify.  You business needs to meet 2 out of 4 criteria in the chart below for at least 2 years in the past 5 years.

Percentage owned 100% 50% 25% 10%
Annual sales $500,000 $1,000.000 $2,000,000 $5,000,000
Net Profit $50,000 $100,000 $200,000 $500,000
Net Assets $125,000 $250,000 $500,000 $1,250,000
Full-time Employees 2 4 8 20
* all figures are in Canadian dollars

Thus, if you have owned 50% of a busines which has 4 employees and $250,000 in Net Assets for 2 years, and have managed that business, you can qualify, even if your sales and profits are less than the above criteria.

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