The Applying Conditions
Provincial partners typically impose conditions on the applicants. They do this to:
- Compel economic activity
- Encourage business immigrants to utilise the counselling services offered and,
- Enable Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to track the economic effects of the program
It is worth mentioning that the imposition of these conditions is a part of the selection process. As such, it finds inclusion in the definition. The written statement that the applicants typically provide represents an acknowledgement that the applicants intend and have the ability to meet the conditions specified in R98 (1) to R98 (5).
It is worth highlighting here that the statement signed by the applicant must refer to the conditions specified in R98 (1) to R98 (5). These sections identify the applicable time that entrepreneurs have for meeting the conditions. In addition, they specify the requirement for the applicants for providing evidence of their efforts to comply.
Lastly, the provisions specified in R98 (6) specify that the family members remain subject to the condition that the entrepreneur meets the conditions. The statement provided by the entrepreneur ensures that the entrepreneur understands and accepts the prescribed requirements fully.
- The authorities have placed a technical requirement for coding the permanent resident document
- This coding indicates that the authorities have imposed the applicable conditions
- In many cases, this code is 74
- In some cases, the authorities might also make the permanent resident document holder subject to medical surveillance
- In this scenario, the code will be 75
Providing Appropriate Counselling Documentation
Officers would need to:
- Include a copy of the Entrepreneur Counselling and Monitoring Guide along with the visa of each principal applicant
- Attach a copy of the signed written statement to the guide or the Confirmation of Permanent Resident form i.e. IMM 5509B and,
- Provide other useful materials such as the list of provincial business contacts
- The Entrepreneur Counselling and Monitoring Guide contains the mail-in card as well
- This card is useful for satisfying the first reporting requirement
- It provides the list of regional business immigration coordinators, where the entrepreneur would need to send their mail-in cards within six months from the date they received permanent resident status
- It is worth mentioning that Computer Assisted Immigration Processing System (CAIPS) automatically generates and prints the appropriate code and text for EN cases
- However, Computer Assisted Immigration Processing System (CAIPS) will not generate the written statement automatically
Completing the Other Key Sections of the Immigration Visa
Officers would need to ensure that the applicants specify a complete Canadian address on the IMM 5509B i.e. Confirmation of Permanent Residence. If necessary, they would need to request the entrepreneur to provide a contact address in Canada for any of the following:
- A friend
- A relative
- A lawyer
- A consultant
- An accountant or,
- A bank manager
Having these details would enable inland offices to trace the entrepreneur in case they do not receive any mail-in card.
Advising Applicants of Port of Entry Procedures
The officers at the port of entry have the authority to grant the right of permanent residence. In the course of granting the right of permanent residence, the port of entry officers would need to suggest to the entrepreneur that the officers would contact the provincial authorities. In addition, they would need to remind the entrepreneur about the conditions the authorities have imposed at the visa office.
Lastly, the port of entry officers would need to remind applicants that the applicant’s family members are subject to the condition that the entrepreneur meets the prescribed conditions. This is in accordance with the provisions specified in R98 (6).