PNP immigration has been so popular since Canadian provinces can nominate foreign entrepreneurs and qualified businesses for permanent residency.
There are several Provinces in Canada that have established provincial nomination as a way to attract valuable workers and successful business people to support local economies. Most provinces have an agreement with the Government of Canada that allows them to nominate immigrants who wish to settle in that province. If you qualify to immigrate to Canada as a provincial nominee, you must first apply to the province where you wish to settle and meet their requirements. The province will consider your application based on:
After you have been nominated by a province or territory, you have to make a separate application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent residence (PR). You will have to pass a medical examination, security and criminal checks.
To find out if you are eligible and to go over any specific details, please contact us.
Business, job and investment requirements To qualify you must:
In the province of British Columbia, the most developed and popular immigration program for business owners, experienced managers, and/or self-employed entrepreneurs is the Business Provincial Nominee Stream. For the General Nomination Requirements and minimum program criteria, see below.
In order to be eligible under the Entrepreneur Immigration stream, you must have been lawfully admitted in the country where you currently reside.
In order to register, you must have at least a minimum of $600,000 in personal net worth. Your personal net worth must be legally obtained and verifiable. Declared net worth must be in your name and/or your spouse’s name.
If you are invited to apply, you will be asked to provide supporting documentation to substantiate ownership, or percentage ownership, positions in any business.
The BC PNP will assign points for your business and/or work experience from the last 10 years.
To register, you must have a minimum of:
*An active role means that you are personally involved in the day-to-day operations of the company and have direct involvement in decision-making.
The BC PNP will consider adaptability factors and assign points for these factors as part of the registration score. The adaptability factors are not mandatory requirements of the BC PNP but are indicators to support the likelihood of your economic establishment in B.C.
The English language is NOT a mandatory requirement of the BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration stream. However, points are assigned for self-declared English language proficiency.
You must provide information on your highest level of education completed.
If you have previously visited British Columbia, you must provide details of your visit(s), including cities/municipalities visited, and the dates when you entered and exited B.C.
While the BC PNP does not have any age requirements or age limit, your age will be assigned points under the Entrepreneur Immigration Registration.
The BC PNP will assign points if you possess any of the following experience obtained in Canada within the last 10 years:
The BC PNP will only consider registrations to establish or purchase and improve a business that contributes to the economic growth of the Province.
The proposed business must be operated for the primary purpose of earning profits by providing products and/or services. Additionally, the business must have strong potential for sustained commercial success.
The BC PNP does not pre-approve or endorse business proposals.
The BC PNP will consider registrations to establish a new business, purchase an existing business, form a partnership with an existing business, and partner with a local or foreign entrepreneur to establish a new business.
*You cannot change your business concept after you submit your registration.
*The following examples are business activities that may not offer significant economic benefit if the local market is already well-served:
If you would like to know whether you could be eligible to immigrate to Canada in the Business Category or under other PNP programs, we invite you to complete our FREE online assessment.