Canada Residency

Canada

While Canada has many different immigration programs, the Québec Investor Visa offers a route not just to permanent resident status, but also Canadian citizenship and passport. The Québec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) was established in 1986 to give business people and their families the opportunity to live in Québec as permanent residents on an unconditional basis. In return, the program helps Québec generate funding for subsidies in support of local small and medium businesses.

Canada Citizenship by Investment Programme:

  • Population: 38.01 million
  • Capital: Ottawa
  • Language: French, English
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Currency: Canadian dollar
  • GDP per capita: 46232$
  • Climate: Summers

Canada at a Glance

Canada is the second largest country in the world. It’s probably also the friendliest. Due to its sheer size, Canada is incredibly diverse with a boundless variety of landscapes and distinctive cultures. It really has it all: magnificent mountains, glaciers, rain forests, beaches, renowned national parks, and UNESCO world heritage sites. Not to mention world-class skiing in Whistler, white sand beaches and winding trails in Nova Scotia, roaming polar bears in Manitoba, an archipelago of rare wildlife and plants at Haida Gwaii, Niagara Falls, and many others.

There is no shortage of adventure in Canada, whether you are looking for the cosmopolitan or natural kind. And for those that do prefer urban life over the outdoors, vibrant cities like Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Québec City offer an abundance of cultural attractions and creature comforts. Also, to make the visit to the country easier the government has introduced Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for eligible travelers that don't need to obtain a temporary resident visa to enter Canada.

The Province of Québec

Of these, Québec is Canada’s biggest French-speaking province. It’s a beautiful, charming place that feels like a piece of Europe somehow ended up in the middle of the Canadian wilderness. Québec City and Montreal are its two largest cities; both are rich in culture and offer world-class dining, shopping and cultural attractions. And surrounding Québec is pristine natural beauty: the dramatic coasts of the Gaspé Peninsula, mountains and skiing in Mont-Sainte-Anne, and scenic hiking trails in Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier. From its friendly people and cosmopolitan cities, to its stunning natural landscape and exhilarating outdoor adventures, Canada has so much to offer, making it a very popular choice for a place to live.

Quebec Investor Visa – Investment Options

High Net Worth Immigration offers the Quebec Investor Visa in partnership with a government-approved financial institution. All applicants’ files will be reviewed and approved by our legal team based in Montreal.

The Québec Investor Visa is very straightforward when it comes to the investment. There is only one option that qualifies applicants for permanent residency. However, you do have the opportunity to decide if you want to do a full or financed investment. See below for details on each.

Full investment

Applicants must invest a minimum of CAN$1,200,000 in a government-guaranteed investment and hold it there for a period of five years. At the end of this period, the guaranteed full amount is returned to you without accrued interest within 30 days. This option offers a passive investment, completely risk-free to the investor.

Financed investment

The second option allows everyone who wants to get Canada permanent residency to invest a reduced amount of CAN$350,000 to finance a closed 62-month term loan through an approved intermediary. However, with this option, there is no reimbursement at the end of the 5-year holding period.

The financed option is a good choice for investors who do not want to liquidate their assets to pay the full sum, or those that want to have free capital available for other investments during the 5-year holding period.

Whichever option you choose, revenues generated by the Québec Investor Visa investments are used to finance two Québec business assistance programs: Business Assistance – Immigrant Investor ProgramIntegration Program for Immigrants and Visible Minorities

Qualifications & conditions to apply

In addition to the investment requirements, there are several other qualifications and conditions that applicants must meet in order to apply to the Québec Immigrant Investor program and obtain permanent residency in Canada:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Demonstrate at least two years of business management experiences in the five years prior to applying.
  • Management experience is defined as having the planning, supervision and control of the financial as well as the personnel/physical resources in a company under your authority. This must be demonstrated over the course of five years prior to applying. Qualifying industries include:
  • A specific, legally-operating enterprise (agricultural, commercial, or industrial)
  • A governmental or international organization
  • In either scenario, you must be a full-time employee and the company must have at least two other full-time employees. The company does not need to be profitable.
  • Managerial experience does not include experience acquired via an apprenticeship, training or specialization process attested to by a diploma.
  • Have a net worth of at least CAN$2 million individually, or combined with your partner/spouse.
  • Assets such as real estate, bank accounts, pension funds, stocks and inherited assets can be counted toward your total net worth.
  • Commit to investing a minimum of CAN$1.2 million into a Canadian government-guaranteed investment and hold it there for five years without earning any interest.
  • Provide documents showing the legal origin of the invested funds.
  • Intend to settle in the province of Québec.
  • Successfully pass a medical examination and security background check.
  • Applicants must satisfy both the Québec selection and the Canadian admission requirements

How to ppply for Canadian citizenship?

After three years of permanent residency, candidates can apply for citizenship. The following requirements must be met:

  • Continue to satisfy the requirements of permanent residence
  • Have been primarily resident in Canada for 3 years. Note that each day spent as a temporary resident counts as ahalf-day toward the physical presence requirement, but only up to a total of 365 days. This means that if someone holds temporary residency and is present in Canada for 2 years, they will now be able to count that time as 1 year of the 3 year requirement.
  • Have filed income taxes
  • Intend to continue to reside in Canada
  • Demonstrate satisfactorily language level in French or English
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Canada plus the responsibilities and privileges of Canadian citizenship
  • Have no criminal record in Canada, and not be facing criminal charges outside of Canada

Application process

Due to the high demand for the Québec Immigrant Investor program, the application and selection process is highly selective.

The applicant(s) must satisfy both the Québec selection and the Canadian Government admission requirements, and pay all associated fees. Fees will not be refunded unless the application is incomplete, in which case it will be returned.

The processing period varies depending on the applicant’s country of origin, overall applicant numbers, and Canadian staff availabilityApplicants should submit appropriately certified copies of personal documents, since documents will not be returned. All documents must be translated into French or English.

The government application fee is CAN$15,235 for the primary applicant. This fee covers any family members included on your application. The legal and advisory fees charged by the intermediary will depend on the number of the people included under the same application.

REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT CANADA

A few examples of our real estate options for residency and citizenship investment in Canada.

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CITIZENSHIP AND RESIDENCY PROGRAMMES

A selection of alternative residency and citizenship investment programmes to consider.

Malta

600 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 183 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Montenegro

450 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 122 countries

Process Duration: 2 months

Cyprus

2 150 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 172 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Moldova

100 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 119 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Austria

250 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 185 countries

Process Duration: 24 months

Bulgaria

512 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 169 countries

Process Duration: 6-12 months

Turkey

250 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

Middle East Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 110 countries

Process Duration: 2 months

Jordan

250 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

Middle East Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 49 countries

Process Duration: 4 Months

Vanuatu

130 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 125 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Saint Lucia

100 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 128 countries

Process Duration: 3 months

Saint Kitts & Nevis

200 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

Caribbean Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 130 countries

Process Duration: 3-4 months

Grenada

150 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

Caribbean Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 127 countries

Process Duration: 3-4 months

Dominica

100 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

Caribbean Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 120 countries

Process Duration: 4 months

Antigua & Barbuda

200 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

Caribbean Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 130 countries

Process Duration: 3-4 months

Residence by investment Programs

Explore the most popular residency by investment programs worlwide

Greece

250 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 172 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Spain

500 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 129 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Portugal

500 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 172 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Australia

500 000EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 183 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Austria

250 000EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 185 countries

Process Duration: 4 months

Cyprus

2 150 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 172 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Canada

1 200 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 180 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Italy

2 000 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 150 countries

Process Duration: 6-8 months

Switzerland

250 000EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 155 countries

Process Duration: 4 months

HongKong

200 000EUR Investment

Real Estate

Asia Residency

Visa Free travel to 79 countries

Process Duration: 3 months

Jersey

1 000 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 129 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Latvia

250 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 129 countries

Process Duration: 3 months

Malaysia

135 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

Asia Residency

Visa Free travel to 172 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Malta

250 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 98 countries

Process Duration: 3-4 months

Monaco

1 000 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 173 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

New Zealand

5 500 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 173 countries

Process Duration: 6-8 months

Singapore

250 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

Asia Residency

Visa Free travel to 65 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Thailand

60 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

Asia Residency

Visa Free travel to 120 countries

Process Duration: 3 months

United Kingdom

2 000 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 175 countries

Process Duration: 3 months

USA

 

900 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 180 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

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