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      International Mobility Program for C11 for Entrepreneurs

      20 Mar, 2024

      Embarking on the journey to Canada often begins with a pivotal step – obtaining a work permit. The C11 Entrepreneur Work Permit offers a unique pathway for entrepreneurs and self-employed individuals to temporarily live and work in Canada and ultimately; if they so choose, apply for permanent residency.

      What is the C11 Entrepreneur Work Permit?

      The C11 Entrepreneur Work Permit can be seen as a shortcut for entrepreneurs and self-employed individuals, helping applicants bypass the Labour Market Impact Assessment (“LMIA”) process and making the work permit application simpler. This exemption makes the C11 Entrepreneur Work Permit a more straightforward choice for those wanting to kickstart their business while temporarily staying in Canada. Initial work permits will be issued for only two years but the permit may be renewed several times. It’s critical to note that while the program grants a work permit, newcomers are limited to working solely as self-employed individuals for their businesses. For those starting a new business or aiming for permanent residency, the C11 Entrepreneur Work Permit could serve as a starting point, but permanent residency eligibility requires running the business for at least 12 months.

      Requirements for the C11 Entrepreneur Work Permit

      • Own at least a 50% share in their business;
      • Possess the relevant experience and capacity to operate the business in Canada;
      • Have the financial resources to execute and implement the business plan;
      • The business plan is feasible and can be implemented;
      • Has the applicant taken significant steps to execute the business plan (Has the applicant incorporated their business? Do they have a staffing plan?) ;
      • Demonstrate that the business will generate significant economic or cultural benefits to Canada, such as creating new jobs or teaching new skills to Canadians; and
      • Has to benefit the local economy/region (May be better in small towns as it would create jobs for a small pool of people)

      Approval and Process:

      If the application is approved, the applicant will receive a 2-year work permit as an entrepreneur from the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) officer upon arrival in Canada (at the airport or land border). Importantly, applicants must also convince the CBSA officer of their intention to return to their home country after the permit expires and have a plan in place for their staff to take over in their absence.

      Key Benefits

      As with many other immigration programs, the C11 Entrepreneur Work Permit grants the applicant the privilege to pursue their ventures in Canada. An important aspect is that this permit also grants benefits to the applicant’s family as well. The benefits include:

      • No need for sponsorship
      • Able to bring their families along (spouse and children)
      • Children will be issued a study permit and attend Canadian

      public schools free of charge

      • Access to medical care (MSP) free of charge
      • Spouses may be eligible for an open work permit
      • Possible chance to permanent residency

      In conclusion, the C11 Entrepreneur Work Permit provides a simple streamlined process for new foreign entrepreneurs who bring new knowledge, innovation, and processes and who want to start an exciting new business in Canada. Although this permit grants a temporary stay, applicants may be able to open new doorways to success, access to social welfare benefits, and finally a possible chance for permanent residency.

      Posted in: Immigration Law

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