Canadian residency / citizenship and passport for international investors and their families.
The Canadian government has created several immigration by investment programs to attract wealthy business persons and their capital to Canada.
International business executives, investors, and important persons who are active worldwide consider an alternative residency and/or citizenship and passport powerful tools for international tax planning and a safety net should the living conditions at home become unbearable.
Why Canada?Canada is the second largest country in the world and largest on the continent. The country is one of the world's richest nations and is consistently ranked among those offering the highest quality of life. Today Canada closely resembles the US in its market-oriented economic system, pattern of production, and high living standards. Full citizenship and passports are issued to the applicant and his/her family.
The relaxed life style, stable political, justice, economic and social environment, excellent educational and health system, relatively moderate personal tax system, advantageous corporate tax rates, multilingual population and worldwide known Canadian tolerance of other cultures, have made Canada one of the most desirable countries to live, do business, raise a family, or work and invest.
Canada has a long tradition of immigration and an elaborate system to evaluate and admit new residents. Citizenship is available after four years of residence (and 183 days minimum physical presence during each of the four calendar years), and the Canadian passport is one of the best travel documents in the world.
Canadian Immigrant Investor ProgramsApplicants may establish residence (and eventually citizenship) by applying for Canadian permanent residence in one the following categories, representing three of the most popular Canadian immigration by investment options:
SUMMARY: Invest at least CA$200,000 outside of the greater Vancouver area (CA$400,000 inside the Vancouver metropolitan area) to establish or to purchase and expand an eligible business in the British Columbia province. NOTE: Due to the popularity of this program the chances of application approval increase with the size of the investment.Click here for details about the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP).
PROGRAM #2: Federal Startup Visa Program (FSVP)
SUMMARY: SUMMARY: Applicants must secure an investment of at least CA$ 200,000 if the investment is from a designated venture capital fund, a minimum of CA$ 75,000 if the investment is from a designated angel investor group, or must be accepted into a designated business incubator. Applicants are not required to invest any of their own money.Click here for details about the Federal Startup Visa Program Residency (FSVP).
PROGRAM #3: Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP)
SUMMARY: Invest at least CA$800,000 into a zero interest, Quebec Government Bond, for five years. The investment can be financed by a Canadian bank with a cash deposit of at least CA$250,000.Click here for details about the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP).
Other, less popular programs include the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP-B), the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OPNP-B), as well as the Investor Venture Capital Pilot program.
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