Our office has handled numerous successful immigration applications under Provincial Nominee class. Business people who intend to start businesses in a Canadian province will find the Provincial Nominee program a flexible route to settle in Canada. We’ll analyze your specific situation and offer a provincial business program that suits your immigration and business goals.
Most of the Canadian provinces have entered into an agreement with the federal government to establish their own immigration program to meet their specific labour market and economic needs. Provincial nominee programs have become popular in recent years in that they provide speedy entry for qualified skilled workers and business people who genuinely intend to settle in that province. After you have been selected and nominated by the province based on your qualifications and the standards set out by that particular province, you will apply for permanent residence to Canada Immigration and Citizenship.
The Provincial Nominee Programs include most of the same immigration categories that are covered by the federal immigration category. However, the conditions are generally less strict.
For example, international students who have graduated from an educational institution in Canada find it easier to apply for permanent residence under the Provincial Nominee Program of that province.
Also, those who intend to reunite with a close relative or a family member in Canada are offered a golden opportunity under the Provincial Nominee Programs. Under the federal family sponsorship program, a Canadian permanent resident or a citizen can sponsor only a spouse, a dependent child under 22 years of age, the parents and the grandparents; however, many of the Canadian provinces allow the residents of those provinces who have resided there for one or two years to sponsor their siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews as well.
The skilled worker category of the Provincial Nominee Programs is employer driven. The candidate must obtain employment with an employer from the province, who offers the candidate permanent, full-time employment. Very often, it is a challenge for the overseas applicants to receive an employment offer from a Canadian employer. Applicants are advised against dealing with unscrupulous agencies which charge an exuberant amount to obtain job offers for them.
The business category of the provinces is more flexible than its federal counterpart. The business investor is usually required to show a net worth of between $300,000 to $450,000 depending on the province. The investment requirement ranges between $150,000 to $200,000. Also, each province imposes its own conditions. The following table presents a cross-reference of the Provincial Nominee Programs.
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