Why choose Canada?
Canada is consistently rated by the UN as the world’s best country to live in. It is politically and economically stable, with a very high standard of living.
A friendly global powerhouse
Canada is a G7 country with one of the world's best performing economies over the past decade. As the world’s second largest country, it is also rich in natural resources, including the world's second largest oil reserves and fourth largest supply of fresh water.
Canada provides a cosmopolitan, family-friendly lifestyle, with several world-class cities that provide well diversified business environments, vibrant social scenes and a wealth of cultural events. It has an excellent education system with numerous private schools and elite universities, including four in the world’s top 100 as ranked by QS World University Rankings® 2018. Five of the world’s top 100 business schools are also in Canada.
Geographically speaking, the country also offers incredible natural beauty, including oceanic coastlines, immense forests, rugged mountains, vast prairies and pristine beaches.
The Québec Immigrant Investor Programme requires applicants to declare an intention to establish residency in the province of Québec and, once granted, the applicant will need to commit at least two years in any five year period in Canada to maintain permanent residence status. The principal applicant may include his or her family members who will also benefit from becoming a Canadian Permanent Resident. The programme requires the purchase of non-interest bearing Quebec Government bonds in the amount of CAD $1.2 million and many financial institutions offer a financing package starting from $350,000.
Investors and their family members are eligible to apply for citizenship if they live in Canada for three out of the four years (1,095 days) preceding the citizenship application; have an adequate knowledge of English and/or French; have no criminal record; and have acquired knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, as well as an understanding of Canada’s history, values, institutions and symbols.
Quebec Immigrant Investor Requirements
To qualify for residency or citizenship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Applicants may select one of two options:
Applicants invest a minimum of CAD$1.2 million in a government-guaranteed bond and hold it for a period of five years. At the end of this period, the guaranteed full amount is returned to the investor without any accrued interest (0%).
Investors pay a reduced amount that is used to finance the CAD$1.2 million investment. Many financial intermediaries will offer a one-time/up-front financing option where the applicants pays in fees and interest of $350,000 (non-recoverable) which will cover the full $1.2 million bond purchase.
- Have a legally acquired net worth of at least CAD$2 million.
- Demonstrate an intention to settle in Québec.
- Provide documents supporting the source and origin of invested funds.
- Demonstrate at least two years of suitable business experience within the five years preceding the application.
Government application fees
Fees for the Quebec Immigrant Investor Programme are CAD$15,235 and include the principal applicant and all accompanying dependants.
Federal Government Fees
Permanent resident application processing fees are:
- Principal Applicant: $1050
- Spouse: $550
- Children under 18: $150
- Right of Permanent Residence Fee Principal Applicant: $490
- Spouse: $490
- Children are exempt
The QIIP will begin accepting up to 1,900 new applications from September 10th 2018, through to March 15th 2019. French speaking applicants may submit applications at any time, are not subject to quotas and receive priority processing.
It is necessary to reside in Canada for 730 days within a five-year period to uphold permanent resident status.
To view the official government website for this programme, please click here.
Quebec Immigrant Investor Application Process
Submit application to the Quebec Immigration Authorities.
- 6 - 12 months
Approval of the Quebec Selection Certificate.
- 16 - 18 months
Submit application to the Federal Immigration Authorities for Security and Medical Checks.
- 18 - 24 months
Approval of the application by the Federal Government and issuance of the Canadian Permanent Resident Visa.
Applications for the Quebec Immigrant Investor Programme are currently open. Fill out the form below to begin your journey to residency in Canada.
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