Business & Investment
Provincial Nomination Program, Entrepreneur & Investment Programs
If you are planning to expand your business in Canada and looking to immigrate through investment, Canada offers immigration streams through Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).
The selection of an appropriate stream and region for your business is critical to the success of these applications.
Fisher Law can assist you in selecting a program best suited to your business and experience. We will help you develop a solid legal strategy, and facilitate your expansion plans and immigration to Canada.
Start-up Visa & Tech Companies
Canada’s Start-Up Visa is the first of its kind in the world, linking immigrant entrepreneurs with experienced private organizations that have expertise in working with start-ups. Successful applicants to this program will be able to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents.
The visa process is lengthy and requires detailed review. Small mistakes can lead to the rejection of your application. Fisher Law can assist you through all the required stages of application, while reviewing your business plans, creating strategies, and making strong submissions to the Government of Canada as to why your business belongs here in Canada.
This stream is particularly well suited to Tech/AI/IT companies, as there is currently a significant drive in Canada to attract a wide variety of players in these arenas.
There are a considerable number of companies in the USA looking to open offices in Canada, as well as an influx of international entities looking to expand their enterprises into North America. Canada has considerable advantages, as compared to American paths to permanent residence and citizenship.
Often, the import of team members falls to the bottom of the planning list, and companies suffer from having all the elements in place, except for the import of their key people. Fisher Law can assist you from the initial planning stages for your international enterprise, to ensuring your people walk effortlessly through airport security.
International Mobility Program
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) strives to free up trade between the Canada, the U.S., and Mexico and to eliminate tariffs and trade barriers. It enables temporary entry for business people who are citizens of Canada, the U.S.A., and Mexico who are active in the trade of goods, providing services, and fostering investment.
This Agreement eliminates the requirement for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). For business visitors, it also removes the need for a work permit.
For professionals and intra-company transferees, it speeds up the process for most applicants by allowing application to be made at the port of entry. Fisher Law can help your company navigate the NAFTA requirements and assure you that people are there at the table when you need them.
LMIA Applications for Employers
If you would like to employ temporary foreign workers, you will most likely need to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to determine your eligibility to do so.
This assessment is a rigorous investigation into your business, your treatment of workers, and the need for a foreign worker over a domestic one.
Fisher Law can help your team through this grueling process. Assistance can be provided with drafting the application, gathering the necessary documentation, and ensuring your compliance with the stringent government requirements regarding procedures, reporting and advertising.
Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Employer Compliance Information
April 2022 Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Self- Employment Program
This stream is for self-employed people who have substantial experience in cultural activities or athletics. The government must determine that these applicants can make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada.
Applicants need to have a minimum of two years of experience in their field of expertise and have participated in athletics or cultural activities at a world class level.