Understanding the selection criteria for qualifying in the Canadian Business Program

The Canadian Business Immigration Program offers a promising opportunity for individuals who have a considerable amount of business or managerial experience and a relatively high net worth to apply for Canadian permanent residency. However, not everyone is eligible to apply for this program. To qualify for the program, candidates must meet specific selection criteria that have been set by the Canadian government.

To qualify for the Canadian Business Program, whether as an entrepreneur or a self-employed individual, you must first meet the qualifications outlined earlier. Once you meet the initial requirements, your application will be assessed based on five selection criteria and a point system. The five selection criteria are:

  1. Age
  2. Education
  3. Language proficiency in English and French
  4. Experience
  5. Adaptability

The maximum score for the assessment is 100, and you must obtain a minimum of 35 points to qualify for immigration to Canada. Please note that the pass mark of 35 may change periodically, so it’s important to confirm the current pass mark when your application is being processed.

The selection process is based on the documents you provide and an assessment of your score under each selection criterion. As part of the immigration process, you may be required to attend an interview. During the interview, a visa officer may ask you to explain any unclear or inconsistent information, as well as any gaps or shortcomings in your submitted documents. If there are any discrepancies between your assessment of qualifications and the officer’s assessment, the officer’s assessment will take precedence.

It’s important to thoroughly prepare for your application, ensuring that you meet the selection criteria and provide accurate and complete documentation to increase your chances of qualifying for the Canadian Business Program.

In addition to the above information, it’s important to note that navigating the Canadian Business Immigration Program can be a complex process. That’s where Akrami & Associates can help. Our team of experienced immigration lawyers can provide guidance and support throughout the application process, ensuring that you meet all the necessary requirements and have the best chance of success. We can assist with all aspects of the application, from determining which category of the program is right for you, to preparing and submitting your application, to handling any issues that may arise during the processing of your application. With our help, you can be confident that you are on the right track towards achieving your immigration goals.


What is considered relevant experience for the application? 

To meet the requirements, you must have worked for at least two one-year periods within the five years leading up to the application decision. Relevant experience includes being self-employed in cultural activities or athletics, or participating in cultural activities or athletics at the world-class level. To qualify for cultural activities, you need either two one-year periods of self-employment or participation at a world-class level, or a combination of one year of self-employment and one year of participation. Examples of cultural activities include health, sales and services, law and social, and business.


Explore the 5 primary categories of Business Visas available in Canada

The Investor category is designed for individuals who have a high net worth and are willing to invest a significant amount of money into the Canadian economy. To qualify for this category, applicants must have a minimum net worth of CAD $10 million and be willing to make a non-guaranteed investment of CAD $2 million in a government-approved fund for a period of 15 years. Click here to learn more about Investor Program

The Entrepreneur category is for individuals who have business ownership or management experience and are willing to establish or acquire a business in Canada. To qualify for this category, applicants must have a net worth of at least CAD $500,000 and must be willing to establish or acquire a business in Canada that will create jobs for Canadians. Click here to learn more about Entrepreneur Program

The Self-employed Persons category is designed for individuals who have experience in cultural activities, athletics, or farm management and are willing to become self-employed in Canada. To qualify for this category, applicants must have relevant experience, be able to contribute to the Canadian economy, and meet the eligibility requirements for self-employment in Canada. Click here to learn more about Self-employed Program.

The PNP Business Programs category is for individuals who have been nominated by a province or territory in Canada under their respective business immigration programs. Each province or territory has its own set of eligibility requirements and selection criteria for their business immigration programs.

The Corporate Immigration category is designed for individuals who are being transferred to Canada by a foreign company to work in a senior managerial or executive position in a Canadian branch, subsidiary, or affiliate of that company. To qualify for this category, applicants must have been employed by the foreign company for at least one year in a senior managerial or executive position and must be coming to Canada to work in a similar position. Click here to learn more about PNP Business Program


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Should you have any further questions or feel confused or unclear with regards to business immigration in Canada, it is important to talk and ask any questions you may have and discuss your concerns.

By talking to immigration professionals about your concerns, this will ease your worries and assist with the application process. Many immigration applications are difficult to pursue on your own and it is highly recommended that you seek out professional and experienced help before attempting to apply. Here, at Akrami & Associates, we work and have experience with many different immigration issues. We have helped our clients apply under the Canadian Business Immigration.

If you believe that you may be eligible to apply for the Canadian Business Program, please feel free to contact Akrami & Associates at our office at 416-477-2545 for more information or if you would like to book a consultation with an immigration professional for more advice.


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