Nigerian Entrepreneur Buys Auto-Maintenance Business in Canada

The Facts of the Case

Our Client, an experienced manager from Nigeria with proven success in managing his own franchise store, contacted us to advise him on possible business immigration options to Canada. The Client had a budget of between CAD $250,000 and CAD $350,000. His main business immigration priorities were:

  • the Client wanted to start a business in a high client traffic area; 
  • the Canadian business had to be able to utilize his Nigerian business network;
  • considering that the Client had proven leadership qualities and management experience, his role in the Canadian business had to allow him to use those skills and rely on his experience to develop the business;
  • the Canadian business had to have an option to open more locations in the future if the possibility increases; and
  • the Client wanted his family to come to Canada with him from the beginning.

Our business immigration lawyers conducted comprehensive research of possible business opportunities and presented it to the Client. The Client considered all of the options in our proposal and chose to purchase a full-service tire and vehicle maintenance shop in Hamilton, Ontario. Such investment would allow the Client to immigrate to Canada through the C11 Work Permit pathway with his family.

The Timeline of the Case

We helped the Client to incorporate the Canadian company on December 3, 2020.

Shortly after, on December 23, 2020, the Client signed the Letter of Intent to purchase the business and made the required deposit on the purchase.

The application was submitted on March 18, 2021. Due to the Nairobi/Abuja Visa office’s slow responsiveness, we requested to transfer our Client’s file to CPC Edmonton for urgent processing. Because of the prolonged delay in processing, the Client missed essential business training in Canada which had to be delayed.

The application was approved on November 18, 2021. The Client received a work permit, his spouse received an open work permit, and their 3 children received visitor permits.

Key Takeaways from the Case

When you are considering business immigration you can either extend your existing foreign business to Canada, start a brand new business in Canada, or buy an existing business in Canada. Although every option is viable and largely depends on your circumstances, buying an established business has several advantages: 

  • Reducing start-up time, reducing loss and risks;
  • Access to immediate cash flow;
  • The brand and service are already established;
  • Access to the existing clientele;
  • Inheriting experience from previous owner, managers, and staff;
  • Forecasting its growth based on its financial history;

In our Client’s case, this was the best option since he could not only benefit from the above but could also utilize his Nigerian business network to gain even more revenue from this specific business.

The other lesson we learned from this case is that handling a client’s immigration matter during a pandemic requires an extra amount of patience and perseverance from both the client and his immigration lawyer. We truly appreciate that our Client trusted our expertise and was generous in being patient during the process!

Why You Should Choose Sobirovs as Advisors for Your Business Immigration to Canada

At Sobirovs, we go further than just business immigration. We want you and your business to succeed in Canada. Thus, we do not only rely on our extensive legal experience, but also on our vast knowledge of the Canadian business sector. We tailor your business immigration strategy, which may involve the purchase of a business, specifically to you and your skills and experience.

Our business immigration lawyers have proven business immigration options that will work for you and your business. We are here to make this life-changing process as hassle-free for you as possible. While you take care of your business and your family, we take care of your business immigration needs!

Take these 3 steps to learn more about your business immigration possibilities and let’s team up to achieve your goals:

  • Step 1: Check your eligibility for business immigration programs using our Free Instant Assessment tool.
  • Step 2: Check our fees using our Fee Calculator. Don’t worry if the fees estimated by the Fee Calculator seem too high. We can give you a discount if your case is strong.
  • Step 3: Book a 1-hour Strategy Meeting with our senior business immigration lawyer to discuss your immigration case in more detail. If we take you as our next client after this meeting, the fee you paid for the meeting will be applied towards our legal retainer.




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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
I really appreciate Sovirovs professional services ,I am truly happy and satisfied with their team work .I wish them all the best
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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