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Opportunites to Immigrate to Quebec, Canada

Quebec’s Investor Immigration Program, part of the Business People stream, has been closed until end of March 2013. This follows receiving 2,700 applications, which was the cap set for the current year.
However, according to the Quebec government,which runs an immigration program fairly autonomous from the federal government of Canada, two more streams under Businesspeople are still available. These streams are Self Employed Worker Program and Entrepreneur Program and until April 11, 2012, only 46 applications have been received. The cap is 215.

Self-Employed Worker Program

You need to meet the following criteria:
  • You want to come to the province to be self-employed by practicing a trade or profession in which you have at least two years of experience.
  • You have a net asset of at least 100,000 dollars which you can prove were obtained legally
Besides these two, your and your spouse’s age, your language skills, your knowledge of Quebec and the training you have in your profession will also count.

Entrepreneur Program

You need to meet the following criteria:
  • Have net assets of at least 300,000 dollars that you can prove were legally obtained.
  • Have a minimum of two years’ experience running a business in agricultural, industrial or commercial sectors acquired during the five years preceding the date you submitted your application, and prove that you manage, alone or with your accompanying spouse, controlling a minimum of 25-percent of capital equity.
    • Experience in running a business is defined as the actual and full-time assuming of the responsibilities and duties related to the planning, management and control of material, financial and human resources, provided that such responsibilities and duties are not assumed in the context of an apprenticeship, training or specialization process attested to by a diploma.
Along with your application, you should submit a plan for one of the two:
  • Your plan to carry out a business project component: submit a business project with the purpose of creating or acquiring a business (agricultural, industrial or commercial) in Québec that you will manage yourself or that you will participate in as management and operations partner on a daily basis. You must control, alone or with your accompanying spouse or common-law spouse, at least 25% of the capital equity with a value of at least 100,000 dollars.
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  • Acquisition of a business in Québec component: have acquired in Québec, alone or with your accompanying spouse or common-law spouse, at least 25% of capital equity in a business (agricultural, commercial or industrial) with a value of at least 100,000 dollars. You must manage the business yourself or participate in it as management and operations partner on a daily basis.
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