BCPNP Entrepreneur immigration is among the most effective program to migrate to Canada especially for business owners or entrepreneurs. It allows them to either start their business or buy an existing business in British Columbia. In the previous blog we have already discussed about what is EI-Base Category program, its basic requirements and its application process. In this guide you will learn more about what business concept qualifies under this program.
BC PNP-Entrepreneur Immigration: Base Category program overview
British Columbia is the third largest and westernmost province of Canada. It offers vast opportunities for immigration pathways under Provincial Nomination Program (PNP). It helps many entrepreneurs to enter into the country via BC PNP Entrepreneur Stream. Among them one such program is BC PNP’S EI Base Category. This EI (Entrepreneur Immigration) Base Category allows entrepreneurs having a strong intent to establish new business or buy an existing business in British Columbia by securing a minimum investment and initiate a path towards their PR journey.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
|ELIGIBILITY CATEGORIES||MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS|
|Experience||More than 3 years of experience as a business owner, or 4+ years of experience as senior manager or combined 1 year of experience as business owner & 2+ years of experience as senior manager|
|Net Worth||CAD 600,000|
|Education||Post-Secondary Certification (Degree, Diploma, Certificate) or at least 3 years of experience as business owner in last 5 years|
|Ownership Percentage %||At least one-third (33.33%)|
|Language Requirement||Basic of English or French proficiency with CLB 4|
|Hiring for Job||Must recruit at least one Canadian Citizen or Permanent residence for full-time equivalent job.|
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) carried out an Entrepreneur draw on the 3rd of November. The draw on November 3 issued invitations to 55 candidates including the Expression of Interest (EOI) scores ranging between 85 and 120.
What is ICT?
Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) allows companies to move skilled workers to Canada to increase the effectiveness of management as well as to grow Canadian companies revenue. It’s a part of Canada’s International Mobility Program. This is facilitated by companies having, branch, affiliate branch, affiliate or subsidiary located in Canada and allows them to transfer their businesses to Canada and receive a Work Permit.
LMIA – Labour Market Impact Assessment is an official document required by the Canadian employer who is willing to hire a foreign employee. Any company who is hiring through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program needs to get a preapproval from government before accommodating international talent.
In this guide you will learn more about LMIA, requirements for its procedure, eligibility, certain exceptions and much more.
What is LMIA –Canada?
LMIA stands for Labour Market Impact Assessment. It is the preapproved government official document issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) evaluating the effectiveness of recruiting the foreign immigrant on domestic employment market. If ESDC analyses that there isn’t any qualified Canadian citizen or permanent resident to fill that position, and there is a genuine requirement for that international employee, a Positive LMIA will be issued to the recruiter. A Negative LMIA indicates that a job must be taken by the Canadian Citizen or permanent resident.
Step – by – Step LMIA process
Upon the approval of LMIA, the worker now will have to apply for a work visa to obtain a Canadian Work permit. Following are the documents required for Work visa application:
- Job offer letter
- Signed employment contract
- LMIA number
- Copy of LMIA
There are 2 main streams under which an employer categorizes the worker:
- Recruiting High-Wage Workers: Hiring a high wage foreign worker requires a transition plan as an important document along with the LMIA application. The transition plan indicates the employer’s commitment to the foreign employee during their employment. If the employer is paying a foreign national with high wage than the province’s median wage, then it is considered to be a high wage worker for LMIA purposes.
|Province/Territory||Wages prior to April 30, 2022||Wages as of April30, 2022|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||23.00||24.29|
|Prince Edward Island||20.00||21.63|
- Recruiting Low-Wage Workers: if an employer is planning to hire a low-wage worker, then there is no need to submit a transition plan. However, the ability to employ foreign workers will depend on a limit which will be set by Government of Canada places to restrict the amount of low-wage temporary foreign employees. The employer must also take care of transportation and housing cost of workers recruited at low wage positions.
Eligibility Requirements for Employer
- Is there a genuine shortage of labour which cannot be accommodated by Canadian resident?
- Does the Canadian employer taken the appropriate recruiting efforts to recruit a local Canadian employee?
- Are working conditions in conformity with provincial, municipal and federal regulations?
- Does the salary offered represent an accurate representation of average wage for that job within the geographic area?
- Is an employee able to fulfill the duties of their job and share their experience with Canadians?
- If the employer is involved in any ongoing dispute over employment?
- Does the salary you are aiming for correspond to the median salary for the profession and region?
- Can hiring a foreign-born worker be beneficial to the creation of jobs as well as retention in Canada?
Average LMIA processing timelines
ESDC may take 10 business days to response or sometimes it can be extended up to few months. Canada is experiencing a huge number of LMIA cases in 2022. This may cause delays which is particularly evident within the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)
|Application Type||Average processing time|
|Global talent stream||9 business days|
|Agricultural stream||15 business days|
|Seasonal agricultural worker program||5 business days|
|Permanent residence stream||22 business days|
|In-home caregivers||24 business days|
|High-wage stream||34 business days|
|Low-wage stream||37 business days|
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To encourage genuine and ample immigration applications, we are witnessing increasing Canadian immigration programs that provide an array of possibilities for individuals working in all sorts of occupations. The Self-Employed person program allows candidates to settle in Canada permanently as a self-employed person. Federal self-employed person program is accessible to skilled professionals at an elite level of arts, athletics or cultural status as well as other aspects.
Comparative to other immigration programs, this program is little less complicated and is flexible for those who are willing to settle in Canada while pursuing self-employment. The requirements of this particular program seem to be lenient. If you’re interested to apply under this category you must:
- Have a relevant experience of at least 2 years in their domain at either a world class/International level or can prove their ability to create liveable career.
- Be prepared and willing to contribute significantly to the athletic or cultural life of Canada
Besides these two basic requirements, applicants must also meet the eligibility criteria based on point system for Self-Employed Visa.
This point system is evaluated on the basis of applicant’s:
|SELECTION CRITERIA||MAXIMUM POINTS|
EDUCATION (25 maximum points)
|Master’s Degree or Ph.D. and at least 17 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study||25 points|
|Two or more university degrees at the bachelor’s level and at least 15 years of full-time or full-time |
|Three-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 15 years of full-time or full-time |
|University degree of two years or more at the bachelor’s level and at least 14 years of full-time or|
full-time equivalent study.
|A two-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time|
| One-year university degree at the bachelor’s level and at least 13 years of full-time or full-time |
|One-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 13 years of full-time or full-time|
|One-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 12 years of full-time or full-time |
|Completed high school.||5 points|
EXPERIENCE (35 maximum points)
|Two years of relevant experience||20 points|
|Three years of relevant experience||25 points|
|Four years of relevant experience||30 points|
|Five years of relevant experience||35 points|
AGE (10 maximum points)
|16 or under||0 points|
LANGUAGE ABILITIES – English or French (24 maximum points)
|First Official Language||Speaking||Listening||Reading||Writing|
*Only a maximum of two points in total for basic proficiency
|Second Official Language||Speaking||Listening||Reading||Writing|
ADAPTABILITY (6 maximum points)
These points are evaluated basis on your spouse or common law-partner’s level of education.
|Secondary school (high school) diploma or less||0 points|
|A one-year diploma, trade certificate, apprenticeship, or university degree and at least 12 years of full-time |
or full-time equivalent studies
|A two or three-year diploma, trade certificate, apprenticeship, or university degree and at least 14 years of |
full-time or full-time equivalent studies
|poA master’s degree or PhD and at least 17 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies||5 points|
You may be awarded with some extra points if you’ve:
- Worked in Canada – If the applicant or spouse/common law partner has a verified full-time work permit for a minimum of 1 year they will get 5 points
- Relatives in Canada– If the applicant or spouse/common law partner has a blood relative who is either a citizen or permanent resident of Canada; they will get 5 points extra.
During the immigration process, the officer may ask you certain questions to explain doubtful information to get a deep insight on it. They may also ask you to submit your biometrics information.
Q1- WHAT IS LMIA?
Ans1- LMIA is short for labour market impact assessment. It is a type of document which an employer receives from ESDC – Economic and Social Development Canada, if they are intending to hire an international employee for a job position in their venture.
Q2- WHAT DOES A POSITIVE LMIA MEAN?
Ans2- A positive LMIA means that there is a genuine need for a foreign worker and there is no qualified Canadian citizen or permanent resident which is best suited for that job post.
Q3-WHO NEEDS LMIA?
Ans3- An employers who is looking to recruit a foreign worker needs to obtain a pre-approved LMIA document from government as a permission to hire that worker before he/she applies for a work permit.
Q4- WHY DO I HAVE TO GET A NEW LMIA IF I JUST GOT IT ONE YEAR AGO?
Ans4- Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is valid for a limited period of time. There is no such provision by the Canadian government to extend the duration of LMIA. The employer needs to obtain a new LMIA if they are willing to keep that worker for a longer period of time provided that there is still no Canadian citizen or permanent resident who can fulfil the requirements of the job.
Q5- Who is eligible for LMIA?
Ans5 – Almost every Canadian employer is eligible get a LMIA. But there are certain basic requirements which you need to meet if you are an employer:
- You must have a legitimate business.
- You must be capable enough to remunerate your employees.
- There is a real need for an international worker.
- You are capable and willing to take care of housing and basic needs of that foreign worker.
Q6- WHO WILL PAY THE FEES OF LMIA?
Ans6- Employers has to pay the LMIA fees to ESDC. In some cases, they also tend to cover the costing of getting a work permit for their foreign worker.
Q7-HOW MANY POINTS I GET FOR LMIA UNDER EXPRESS ENTRY PROGRAM?
Ans7- After obtaining a successful LMIA from employer, a worker may be granted with 50 or 200 points under Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) depending on the specific designation.
Q8- CAN I GET PR WITH LMIA?
Ans8- After completion of working for 12 months in Canada, you will be granted with 50 or 200 points which will enhance your CRS score. You can either apply under FWSP (Federal Skilled Worker Program), FSTP (Federal Skilled Trades Program) or CEC (Canadian Experience Class) of express entry program for permanent residency status.
Q9- DOES ENTREPRENEUR ALSO NEED LABOUR MARKET IMPACT ASSESSMENT?
Ans9- No. An entrepreneur can get a work permit to work in Canada without a LMIA. They can apply for work permit under different business visa programs in Canada proving that they are willing to do business or buy business in one of the Canada’s province.
Q10- HOW MANY LMIA’S CAN AN EMPLOYER GET?
Ans10- There is no perfect and accurate answer to this question. This depends on many factors. In some cases it is possible to get as many LMIA’s as employer wants. Due to fewer positions for skilled workers there is a limit for a low- skilled worker which a particular business can employ. Additionally there could be some restrictions because of regional unemployment levels.
Q11- CAN AN EMPLOYER TERMINATE A FOREIGN WORKER IF THEY ARE NOT WORKING?
Ans11- If an employer feels that the foreign worker is not an ideal fit for the job; they can dismiss that employee anytime in accordance with the laws of labour of that province. This will be employer duty to ensure that they notify the Service Canada of the date the foreign worker is no longer employed by them.
Q12-CAN AN INTERNATIONAL WORKER BE PROMOTED?
Ans12- No. The employer cannot promote the foreign worker using the same LMIA. When a LMIA is issued by ESDC, the work permit the receive has all the information provided like employer name, job position and the location of the work. If an employer wants to promote their foreign worker, they first need to get a new LMIA from ESDC with updated changes. Again, the employer need to provide sufficient proof that there were none qualified Canadian citizen best suited for that role.
Entrepreneur Visa program allows candidates to get a permanent residency status in Canada by making a considerable amount of investment. It gives entrepreneurs and business owners the opportunity to settle in Canada and expand their business operations.
Entrepreneur Visa is a temporary to permanent immigration pathway. Canadian government prioritizes this program and encourages seasoned/budding entrepreneurs because it generates employment thus contributing to Canadian economy.
The country is the hotspot of opportunities for business because of stable government and policies at the federal level and other benefits. Canada provides benefits to the foreign nationals in ensuring that there are no pitfalls or roadblocks in setting up a new venture. This minimizes the chance of failure for investors and enables them to tap into the existing customer base.
Immigrants continue to make a significant contribution to Canada’s economy and society. In Canada’s aging population, it is expected that the contribution of immigrants will increase. Canada’s best kept secret is the Immigrant-Owned Business! Around 33% of businesses in Canada are owned by immigrants. These businesses play a crucial role in generating employment for workers in Canada and also make a considerate impact on Canada’s economy.
According to Statistics Canada, 24.5 – 30 % of the population will be immigrant in Canada by 2036. Immigration will always be the main contributor in the future growth of Canada. In 2036, Canada will have almost half its population made up of immigrants or second-generation people.
A second-generation person is a non-immigrant individual born in Canada who has at least one parent who was an immigrant in Canada.