Davies Immigration Law helps foreign national business owners immigrate to Quebec through the Quebec Entrepreneur Program. This program was developed by the National Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec. It is intended for entrepreneurs with experience who want to purchase or develop a business in Quebec.
Approved applicants are given the ability to live in Quebec as permanent residents of Canada, while simultaneously earning a living for their families and themselves. As long as approved applicants adhere to the business immigration rules in Quebec, foreign national entrepreneurs can also establish a favourable position where they are able to eventually apply for citizenship in Canada.
Business immigration to Quebec starts with submitting an application and being selected to participate in the Quebec Entrepreneur Program by the Government of Quebec. Approved applicants are issued a CSO (“Certificat de Sélection du Quebec”) or “Quebec Selection Certificate”.
Once the appliance receives this certificate, they then submit their application for Canadian permanent residence to the Government of Canada. This application has to be approved by CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada). Once approved, the application can move to Quebec immediately. Four years after being approved for Canadian permanent residence, the applicant and their family are able to apply for Canadian citizenship, granted they have satisfied all of the requirements of the Quebec Entrepreneur Program.
The Government of Quebec established a cap to the number of Quebec Entrepreneur Program immigration applications they will accept annually. For the 2017 and 2018 intake periods, this capacity was reached very quickly with a huge number of applicants.
After submitting an application to the Quebec Entrepreneur Program, completing all the necessary steps in order to be approved to live in Quebec as a permanent resident in Canada can take between 18 to 24 months.
Please keep in mind it is highly recommended to complete as many of the necessary requirements for the Quebec Entrepreneur Program prior to applying to the program. Since the program fills up quickly, completely requirements ahead of applying could increase the likelihood of being approved faster.