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Where can I live if we participate in QIIP?

My wife and I have some close friends who live in Vancouver. We are interested in moving to Canada, but only if we can live in Vancouver. I think we would have no problem qualifying for the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program, but before we consider the program seriously, we want to know if participants have to live in Quebec. How can you participate in the program and live outside of Quebec?

  • Simard & Associates Limited
    April 30, 2018

    One of the main criteria of the QIIP program is the intention to settle in Québec. The program allows the applicants to obtain a permanent residency card, which is valid for all provinces in Canada and thus would allow free movement without restrictions, according the charter of rights and freedoms. If you are applying to this program with the pre-established thought of only living in Vancouver, then perhaps it is the best way to immigrate using the QIIP program. You may be fortunate enough to get accepted without an interview, but we are seeing that more and more applicants do get called for a face-to-face meeting with an immigration officer, which takes place in Montreal. During such interviews, you will be asked why you intend to settle in Québec; responding that you plan to live in Vancouver is unacceptable and will ruin your chances of acceptation. Often, applicants usually are at least willing to stay in Montreal a few months after their landing in Canada, and if they decide that they don’t like it, they can move to other provinces. Therefore, to answer your question directly, if you in no way intend to settle in Québec, then you should consider another program in Canada. If you would be willing to keep an open mind and stay there a few months after your landing procedures, then your application could be considered.