From C-11 to Canadian Permanent Residency as an Immigrant Entrepreneur

We receive a lot of questions from our clients asking if C-11 work permits (entrepreneur stream) can lead you to a permanent residency in Canada. The answer is “yes”, provided that you meet the eligibility requirements for the program and you operate a genuine and legitimate business in Canada.  

Read our most recent success story about how one of our clients transitioned from a C-11 work permit to permanent residency. Her PR application took around 5 months to be reviewed and approved by the IRCC.  

Background of the Case

Our client is an accomplished entrepreneur from Turkey. Before coming to Canada as a business owner, she had owned and operated multiple shawarma chain stores in Australia and Turkey. In 2020 she retained our team to assist her with business investment and immigration to Canada. Our client intended to buy a small retail store in Toronto, Ontario. After almost 4 months of searching, she purchased a convenience store located in downtown Toronto for around $145,000. We assisted our client in applying for a C-11 work permit to come to Canada as an entrepreneur. Her application for a C-11 work permit was approved in September of 2020, and she received a 2-year work permit to come to Canada with her family as an entrepreneur. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, our client had to close her convenience store for almost 4 months after her arrival. Her store did not do well due to the limited foot traffic in downtown Toronto as a result of the shift to remote work during the pandemic.  

Permanent Residency Application Process

Since our client was an entrepreneur in Canada, we advised our client to apply for permanent residence using the Express Entry program, Federal Skilled Worker stream. By August 2022, our client had completed all the eligibility requirements for this program and obtained her English language test results and all the necessary documents. Her application details can be found below:  

  • Express Entry profile completed: November 2022  
  • Express Entry score: 510 (with additional 200 points she received for the job offer from her company in Canada)
  • ITA received: November 2022
  • Application submitted: December 2022 
  • Biometrics completed: March 2023  
  • Application approved: May 23, 2023 

We advised our client to go through the Express Entry program for our client because she could get her permanent residence application processed in a speedy manner without the need to wait 1-2 years for the outcome. Nevertheless, her application under the Express Entry program had several complexities, including:  

  1. She was disadvantaged in the Express Entry pool, losing significant points due to her age. Her original score (without the 200 points that came from a job offer) was 310.  
  2. Her C-11 work permit had expired while she was waiting for her permanent residence application to be finalized, and she had an “implied status in Canada”.  
  3. Her business was struggling in terms of revenue generation and profitability.  

Our team successfully navigated these complexities and achieved a successful outcome for our client. We know how complicated and intimidating this final journey is for our clients, and we are happy that this was a relatively short waiting time for this client.  

Congratulations to our client! We wish her tremendous success in Canada!  

How We Can Help

Are you an ambitious global entrepreneur looking to expand your business operations to Canada? Look no further! We invite you to get in touch with us, as we specialize in assisting international entrepreneurs like you in establishing their businesses in Canada and ensuring their success. Canada offers a vibrant and diverse market, robust infrastructure, a skilled workforce, and a business-friendly environment that attracts entrepreneurs from around the world. By partnering with us, you gain access to a wealth of knowledge, resources, and support to navigate the Canadian business landscape. With us, you can benefit from our extensive experience, industry knowledge, and established networks, giving you a competitive advantage as you establish and grow your business in Canada.

Don’t miss the opportunity to tap into Canada’s thriving economy and business ecosystem. Schedule your 1-hour strategy meeting, and let’s embark on a journey toward your entrepreneurial success in Canada!

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Immigration to Canada can be very complicated for businesses, business owners, and foreign employees. Hiring business immigration lawyers with the skill, experience, and patience is often crucial to successfully navigating this complex process. The experienced professionals at Sobirovs Law Firm offer tailored legal services in all business and corporate immigration matters. Contact us for more information on how we can help you meet your immigration needs.

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Lucia Lu
Lucia Lu
I cannot say enough good things about Sobirovs Law Firm’s exceptional team. My work permit application was quite complex and underwent numerous tests, including a rejection from the first attempt. Feruza developed a tailored strategy that contributed to the best chance of success in the resubmission, and her entire team presented my case with unparalleled expertise and genuine care. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to Maggie, a phenomenal consultant who supported me in every step of the application, took the time to understand my unique situation and answered all my questions patiently. Her in-depth knowledge of the work permit program, proficiency in preparing my application and professional communication were reassuring and truly remarkable. Thanks to your team’s extraordinary work, I can now pursue my business goals in Canada with peace of mind. I am grateful for your hard work and the compassionate support you provided throughout this journey. You have my highest recommendation without any reservations.
Nomin Dunburee
Nomin Dunburee
I had the pleasure of collaborating with the highly skilled professionals at Sobirovs to achieve my goals. Feruza's extensive expertise was invaluable, as she guided me through the most suitable pathway for my business immigration. I am profoundly grateful for choosing Sobirovs and highly recommend their exceptional services!
Bimal Banik
Bimal Banik
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Amirov Temur
Amirov Temur
I am happy with the help I got from Sobirov Law Firm. They were always there for me : answering my questions and giving me support through the visa application process and with general immigration related questions. They made everything easier and were quick to respond whenever I needed them. I would recommend Sobirov Law Firm to anyone needing visa assistance for Canada. I trusted them, and did not regret! Thanks for all your help! I hope for further cooperation with you.
Yuri l
Yuri l
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Ms. Feruza Djamalova, Ms. Judy Le and the entire team of Sobirovs Law Firm for their highly professional and excellent work in the complicated process of obtaining approval of our application for the business immigration program. I had several previous refusals over the course of 5 years. At that point, I contacted Sobirovs Law Firm. Their knowledge, competence, and perseverance turned my application into a success! My case was dealt by Feruza and Judy and I sincerely appreciate what an incredible job they have done and how much they have helped us. I believe they have a special gift and talent for assisting their clients. I want to particularly thank Judy for her patience and attention to detail in our case and also for thanks to her diligence, skill and attention to detail. I highly recommend Sobirovs Law Firm to anyone who wants to move to Canada using Business Immigration Programs and is looking for an immigration law firm capable of making a dream come true. They are highly professional and specialized in this field. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks for their support.
Syed Namdaar Ali
Syed Namdaar Ali
My experience with Sobirov's was very rewarding. Starting from LMIA to Work permit it was a smooth sail. The entire team especially Yulia prepared my case painstakingly. They guided me on every little detail. Special thanks to Feroza, Farukh, Madina and the entire team for making this happen.
Bhrushank Ved
Bhrushank Ved
I had an amazing experience with the Sobirovs in applying for my C11 Work Permit. Feruza, Maggie, Judy and Yulia planned every step of the way and made the process a breeze. Benjamin was also quite knowledgeable and assisted me with the business plan for my application. I recommend Sobirovs team if you plan to expand your existing business or start a new business in Canada. Highly recommended!
Senol Ercetin
Senol Ercetin
Dear Sobirovs Team, I would like to thank you (Yulia, Faruk, Feruza, Madina) for taking care of us closely in obtaining the necessary work permits for the establishment of the Canadian branch of our company and the necessary visas for our family. You have carried out a flawless process. With sincere regards
Rakesh Shrivastava
Rakesh Shrivastava
I had a great experience working with the Sobirov Law Firm. The entire team was professional, prompt, and meticulous in their approach. We started working with them on LMIA under GTS of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The time it took from creation of an Incorporation to submission and approval of our application was around 8 weeks. Work Permit approval took another 2 weeks. They also helped us get shared office space since it was a new experience for us. They guided us in finding a payroll service provider and a realtor to help with the relocation of the foreign employee. My sincere thanks to Feruza Djamalova and Rakhmad Sobirov (Attorneys), and Yulia Kan (Team Lead).


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