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Canada


canada

canada

Canada Business Immigration Programs:

Canada has long history of successful business immigration programs and one can safely say that most immigration programs in the world are modelled after the Canadian model.
Canada Business Immigration Programs can be divided into two major categories:


Federal Programs:

The Federal Investor and Entrepreneur programs have been closed since 2013 and have been replaced by two unique programs.


These programs are:
  1. Venture Capital Program ( PROGRAM CLOSED IN 2019)
  2. Start-Up Program

Provincial Business Immigration Programs:

There are 10 provinces and three territories in Canada and each of the Canadian provinces has its own business immigration program.
The first province to sign an agreement with the Government of Canada by virtue of which it could select its own business immigrants was the province of Quebec. Quebec was then followed by Manitoba, Saskatchewan and other provinces.


  1. Alberta – Entrepreneur and Farmer program
  2. British Columbia – Entrepreneur program
  3. Manitoba – Entrepreneur and Farmer program
  4. New Brunswick – Entrepreneur and Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial (PGES) Stream
  5. Newfoundland& Labrador – Entrepreneur program under review
  6. Nova Scotia – Entrepreneur and International Graduate Entrepreneur (IGE) program
  7. Ontario – Entrepreneur program
  8. Prince Edward Island – Entrepreneur program with three sub-classes
  9. Quebec – Investor program and Entrepreneur program
  10. Saskatchewan – Entrepreneur and Farmer program

General understanding of the different programs:
  1. Investor programs- Are those programs which do not require the applicant to start any specific business in Canada
  2. Entrepreneur programs – Are those programs that require applicants to start a specific business in Canada. The business may be either new, an existing business or a joint venture with some other business
  3. Start-Up program – Applicants need to have an innovative and novel idea based business which they wish to establish and expand in Canada
  4. Venture Capital – Applicants make investment in designated venture funds in Canada

Australia


Australia

Australia

Start Up owners and entrepreneurs wishing to apply for business immigration to Australia can do so under the following categories:
Business Innovation:

To qualify for this category, the applicant must:

  1. Own and manage a business with an annual turnover of at least $500,000 AUS
  2. Claim at least 30% ownership for a private company and 10% for a public company
  3. Possess net assets (business as well as personal) of at least $800,000 AUS
  4. Be under 55 years of age (exceptions are possible in some cases)

Qualifying applicants who have been granted temporary residence visa can then apply for permanent residence visa if they fulfil the following conditions:

  1. Possess a 4 year temporary visa for Australia
  2. Must own and manage a business in Australia for at least 2 years
  3. Must demonstrate a business turnover of at least $300,000 AUS in the last 12 months
  4. Must be living in Australia for at least 1 year

Entrepreneur:

To qualify under this category, the applicant must:

  1. Be under 55 years of age (exceptions are possible in some cases)
  2. Have secured a minimum of $200,000 AUS in venture capital funding

Qualifying applicants who have been granted temporary residence visa can then apply for permanent residence visa if they fulfil the following conditions:

  1. Possess a 4 year temporary visa for Australia
  2. Must be living in Australia for at least 2 of 4 years
  3. Must have started a business in Australia (not resident real estate, labour hire or franchise)
  4. Meet at least 2 of the following major criteria OR 1 major and following 3 minor criteria

Major criteria –

  1. Employ at least 2 local employees
  2. Turnover of at least $300,000 AUS
  3. Filing a patent (includes provisional)
  4. Obtain further funding/investment in business
  5. Entering into a partnership with a University
  6. Sale of business over $2 million AUS

Minor criteria –

  1. Diversifying entrepreneurial activities into other business areas
  2. Receiving a statement of success from a state or territory government nominator
  3. Receiving sponsorship from the corporate sector
  4. Starting at least one other business or contributing to at least two other businesses
  5. Receiving formal awards or recognition
  6. Raising or contributing to social capital

III Business Talent – Significant Business History:

To qualify under this category, the applicant must:

  1. Own and manage a business with an annual turnover of at least $3 million AUS
  2. Claim at least 30% ownership for a private company and 10% for a public company
  3. Possess net assets (business and personal) of at least $1.5 million AUS
  4. Be under 55 years of age (exceptions are possible in some cases)

IV Business Talent – Venture Capital Entrepreneur

To qualify under this category, the applicant must:

  1. Secure at least $1 million AUS in venture capital funding

New Zealand


New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand Business Immigration Program:

The New Zealand Business Immigration Program is essentially of three types:

  1. Entrepreneur Work Visa program
  2. Investor Visa program
  3. Global Impact Work Visa program

Qualifying applicants who have been granted temporary residence visa can then apply for permanent residence visa if they fulfil the following conditions:

  1. Possess a 4 year temporary visa for Australia
  2. Must own and manage a business in Australia for at least 2 years
  3. Must demonstrate a business turnover of at least $300,000 AUS in the last 12 months
  4. Must be living in Australia for at least 1 year

Entrepreneur Work Visa Program:

This program is for experienced businesspersons interested in being self-employed, that is, owning and managing their own business in New Zealand. Under this category, passive investment or involvement is not permitted.

Under this program, applicants can apply for an Entrepreneur Work Visa, which allows them to buy or establish a business in New Zealand. There are two options available to applicants for obtaining residency of NZ after being granted an Entrepreneur work visa – fast track and slow track.

Applicants can apply for residence under the Entrepreneur Residence Category after either six months (fast track) or two years (slow track).

The Entrepreneur work visa is granted for three years in total and is structured in two stages:


Start-up stage:

Applicants who are approved under this category are initially given a 12-month work visa, enabling them to buy or establish their own business in New Zealand.


Balance stage:

Once applicants have proven that they have taken the necessary steps to establish their business, they are granted a visa for the remaining 24 months.