Q & A: Opening a Business as a Skilled Worker Applicant

CIC News
Published: December 1, 1997

Q. Could anyone please tell me, if it is possible to come to Canada as 'Independent Immigrant' and get a business license (software development).

Answer: You may create and operate a business in Canada, despite acceptance in the skilled worker program. It should be noted, however, that an intention to operate your own business is not consistent with the purpose of the skilled worker program, and there are programs which are designated for this purpose (i.e., Self-Employed, Entrepreneur). Although you may qualify in the skilled worker program, indication that you wish to operate a business, even if in a field in which open professions exist, may result in the necessity of qualification in the business class. As you may not have existing experience with such a business, that could be problematic.

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