Simplified Application for Canadian Business Immigrants
Once you have determined that you are eligible to immigrate to Canada through the Business Immigration Program, the next step is to fill out the simplified application for Canadian business immigrants. This process applies to self-employed persons and entrepreneurs who do not fall in one of the categories below:
- You have been lawfully admitted to Canada for a period of at least one year and you will be submitting your permanent residence application to the Canadian visa office in Buffalo
- You have been lawfully admitted into the United States for a period of at least one year and you will be submitting your application to the Canadian visa office in Buffalo
- You have been selected by Quebec and/or intend to reside there.
There are many people interested in immigrating to Canada as a business immigrant. As a result, there is a waiting list which means you could wait several years before the application is processed. This simplified application process ensures a position in the lineup.
The steps below will explain the process for completing the simplified application for Canadian business immigrants.
1. Acquire the application kit
The necessary forms and a guide to the application are included in the package. You can download them here.
Complete and sign the forms. Generally, you can fill them in on the computer, but you can also print them out and use a typewriter instead. You can also fill them out by hand, as long as you use black ink and print legibly. The forms cannot be saved on the computer, so when you have completed them, remember to print them out.
Carefully answer every question, with accuracy and detail. If there is any information missing, the package will not be processed and will be returned to you.
Complete the following forms:
- Application for Permanent Residence in Canada
- Use of a Representative (if you are interested in the the assistance of a representative when applying)
3. Find out where your application must be submitted
Your application must be submitted to the visa office that serves your country of nationality or to the country where you have been legally admitted for at least one year. Be sure to visit the visa office’s website where you submit in order to learn what specific procedures the office might require.
4. Get instructions for the visa office where you are submitting your application
You can find the instructions for your visa office here.
5. Calculate your fees
You will need to pay the following fees:
- the processing fee for you and your dependants. Keep in mind that if your application is denied, the fee is non-refundable
- once the application has been processed, you would need to pay the Right of Permanent Residence fee for you and your accompanying spouse or common-law partner, if it applies. Before Citizenship and Immigration Canada issues your permanent resident visa, you must pay this fee. If you do not use your visa, if your application is denied, or if you cancel your application, then this fee would be refunded.
You will also have to pay fees for your:
- medical examination
- language test, as required
- police certificate, if required
6. Go over your application
You application will not be processed and delayed as a result if you do not complete it properly.
7. Send in your application
Mail your application to your local visa office, and include your payment. Documents are not necessary with the simplified application process.
Once you’ve applied, visit here for the next steps.
There is more than simply knowing the process for completing the simplified application for Canadian business immigrants – you might need help with the application itself.
Remember, the application processing fee is non-refundable, so the application needs to be right the first time. There are lots of details you must make sure to include, and if information is incomplete or incorrect, the application will be denied and returned to you. Enlist the help of someone who can take you through the steps and help you complete the forms properly. An experienced immigration lawyer offers this valuable service.
Once you follow the steps to complete the simplified application for Canadian business immigrants, you can get down to business!