Business Immigration Canada – Open a branch: ICT Start-up visa


The Intra-Company Transfer Work Permit allows a company to open a branch in Canada.


To start, the company can send its owners or senior managers to set up the Canadian entity, and then transfer additional employees from one branch to another.


If you have an existing, profitable business back home and have the financial capacity to open a branch/affiliate/subsidiary/parent company in Canada, this is definitively a program to consider.


There is no minimum investment, it depends on the scale of your business. There is no need for IELTS, and the branch can be opened anywhere in Canada.



PROGRAM ICT START-UP
GOAL OPEN A BRANCH
WHERE ANYWHERE IN CANADA
WHAT YOU GET 1 YEAR WORK PERMIT
ACTIVE OR PASSIVE INVESTMENT ACTIVE
CONDITIONS
  • Open a branch/subsidiary or parent company of your business.
  • You can be the owner or a senior manager or an employee with specialized knowledge.
  • You must have been working for this company for at least 12 months during the past 3 years.
  • Your business must be generating income and have employees in your home country. We recommend a yearly gross revenue of at least $100,000.
  • You must hire at least 1 Canadian during year 1.
  • You must have Canadian clients or potential clients before submitting the application. This is why our services include putting you in touch with all our network of professionals (government and private sector).
  • You cannot close the business back home.
MINIMUM INVESTMENT No minimum investment amount: depends on the type of business. For example, opening a consulting business vs. a manufacturing will be drastically different.

We however advise a bank statement with at least $100,000 to show that you can pay the operating costs to start the business.
MINIMUM NET WORTH REQUIRED

(can be husband + wife)
No minimum net worth required for.
RENT OR BUY You can rent or buy.
FRANCHISE Not applicable.
PROCESS
  • You gather the documents.
  • We find the location.
  • We incorporate the business.
  • We do the business plan tailored to immigration requirements.
  • We put you in touch with our network to start finding clients, distributors, suppliers.
  • We send a complete application package to the government.
  • Come to Canada.
  • Operate the business for at least 1 year.
  • We apply for permanent residence.

After becoming a permanent resident of Canada, you can obtain Canadian citizenship (passport) after 3 years of residency in Canada. These 3 years do not need to be continuous.

DOCUMENTS

some may not apply to your case and some can be replaced/added
  • Passport.
  • National ID.
  • Military card/exemption.
  • Marriage certificate.
  • Education degrees.
  • Resume.
  • List of all your travels.
  • Proof of business ownership/activity back home (business licence, taxes, employment contracts, etc.)
  • Proof that business back home generates money (balance sheets, income statements, bank statements)
  • Proof that business back home has employees (payroll)
  • Bank statement showing available balance.
TIME (approximate) 4-6 months.
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS Not applicable.
MEDICAL COVERAGE IN CANADA (after obtaining a visa) Yes.
OPINION If you have an existing, profitable business back home and have the financial capacity to open a branch in Canada, this is definitively a program to consider.

You can start slow, with renting a virtual office for example, but you will have to demonstrate that you have more than just a business plan (website, location, discussions/negotiations/contracts with suppliers, distributors, clients). Our network of experts will help you set up the Canadian branch, step by step.

We help entrepreneurs set up their business and immigration strategy and execute on it.

We believe immigration is more than just a visa. We accompany our entrepreneurs during their entire immigration journey: from business set up to the first work permit, then permanent residency and finally, citizenship.

  • Find the business to buy or rent.
  • Find the location.
  • Incorporate the business.
  • Write a business plan tailored to immigration requirements.
  • We put you in touch with our network to start finding clients, distributors, suppliers.
  • Find schools for your children.
  • Your spouse and children under 22 years old can be included in your application.

To book a consultation with a lawyer and explore your business immigration options, email us.

Contact

+1 647.979.7068 (WhatsApp available)


immigration@navaelmilawyer.com


75 Queens Wharf Rd., Toronto, Ontario, MV5 0J8, Canada


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