Business Class Applications

Foreign nationals may be selected as members of the economic class based on their ability to become economically established in Canada. The economic class is comprised of two streams: skilled workers and business immigrants. Business immigrants are selected to support the development of a strong and prosperous Canadian economy, in which the benefits of immigration are shared across all regions in Canada. Members of the business immigrant class include investors, entrepreneurs and the self-employed. Each of the three categories serves a different type of an immigrant. The common thread among them is the business immigrant’s background, business acumen and personal resources, which the immigrant will bring to Canada. Moreover, each of these 3 categories have very specific eligibility criteria which should be carefully analyzed with an experienced immigration lawyer prior to filing of any application.

At this time, the Federal Entrepreneur and Investor Programs continue to be temporarily suspended, with no indication from CIC when they might be reinstated. As a result of these suspensions, many choose to apply under individual provinces’ Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP’s). See the PNP section for more.