Sean G McKinsley, Managing Partner, Nikola Misina, Partner, and Steve Paolasini, Senior National Vice President, Canada Immigration and Visa Services (CIVS), proudly congratulate our clients for receiving their Owner Operator LMIA approval through High Wage Stream, Permanent Residence LMIA approvals and Invitations to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residency in Canada.

From Coast-to-Coast, CIVS is Canada’s national immigration firm specializing in helping entrepreneurial newcomers live the Canadian dream.

Owner Operator LMIA Approval in Calgary, AB

Ahmed,  Retail Supervisor of Convenience Store Company

We want to congratulate another one of our clients, Ahmed (Egyptian), who is the Retail Supervisor of Big Mart. Big Mart is a Canadian company offers a wide variety of products such as essential goods, groceries, foods, beverages, household cleaning products and cleaning products. Ahmed was one of our grand slam back-to-back approvals for the week of December 5, 2020. CIVS assisted Ahmrf in applying on October 26, 2020. He received his interview request on December 6th and was approved the same day. As the Retail Supervisor of Big Mart, Ahmed received additional CRS points, and will likely be selected for PR through Canada’s Express Entry system as a Federal Skilled Worker on the next upcoming Express Entry draw. The Owner Operator Pathway requires that your business is fully operational and is designed to support entrepreneurial newcomers like Anil in living the Canadian dream. It’s our privilege now to assist Ahmed in applying for his  Work Permit and Permanent Residence in Canada.

We want to encourage our clients and friends to visit Ahmed and Big Mart at:

Website:   | Phone: (403) 272-8283

Location: 3525 26 Ave SE Unit 6, Calgary, AB T2B 2M9

LMIA Approvals in Alberta and British Columbia

Our clients were approved grand slam for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) this week ending December 5, 2020. It’s our privilege to now assist our clients from Alberta and Biritsh Columbia in applying for their Work Permits and/or Permanent Residence in Canada.


Success Stories: Invitations to Apply for Permanent Residence – Owner Operators

Rocky, CEO of Top Move

Rocky received his Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) last year. He entered the Express Entry system and now a recipient of the Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence in Canada.

Rocky is an Indian Citizen and was born in Mumbai (Bombay) India. He studied Electronics Engineering at the University of Bombay and after graduating; accepted a promising job offer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For the first few years of his engineering position, Rocky would commute back to Bombay to visit his family of a wife and two children. Rocky was able to eventually move his family to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where he could work and spend more time to be close with his family. 

After years of working for a large multi-billion-dollar international company as an electronics engineer, Rocky was promoted to a managerial role within the company. He did well financially and was surrounded by his immediate family but he became increasingly concerned about the future of his family and his children. In Saudi Arabiathere was no possibility for him and his family to become citizens.  Rocky found that the opportunity for an internationally recognized equivalent to a quality Western higher education within Saudi Arabia was limited for his children.  Rocky could not own real estate property or a business. He could not establish roots for his family and the option of returning to India, while financially he had the means to do so, did not offer his children and his family the opportunity he was looking for.  

Rocky began to look at immigrating to various countries including the United States, the UK, Australia, and Canada. After rigorous research, Rocky decided to choose immigration to Canada. Canada offers the opportunity to live, work, and study in a safe, clean, and desirable country with a long-term plan to become Permanent Residents and ultimately citizens. Canada offers Rocky and his family a free and superior public education. Canada offers affordable yet world-class higher education. Canada offers the opportunity Rocky and his family were looking for. Now, Rocky and his family have successfully immigrated to Canada and Rocky is a turn-key business owner of a successful transportation company with an established track record in the Lower Mainland area of British Columbia. 

Rocky is under the Owner Operator Pathway and has received a 200-point High Wage LMIA  while in Canada, which allowed him to achieve a score of 469 CRS points in the Express Entry System. This enabled him to be fast-tracked through the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program of Express Entry to be invited to become a Permanent Resident of Canada.

For more information about Rocky and Captain’s Nook, please visit: Success Story of Rocky

Dinesh, CEO of  ATA Ennovations Services

india-immigration-to-canada-civs-UPS-logoDinesh from Ludhiana is the General Manager and Owner Operator of UPS Store #456 in Burnaby, British Columbia. The UPS Store offers shipping, printing and other various marketing services.

Dinesh Handa recently received his invitation to apply for permanent residency on July 8, 2020 and is currently in process. The 200-point Owner Operator LMIA and Work Permit he secured for 2 years, gave Dinesh and his family enough points to be drawn under the Federal Skilled Worker category in Canada’s Express Entry system.




Gurdeep Singh, CEO of  Captains Nook

india-immigration-to-canada-civs-captains-nook-logoGurdeep Singh, known as “The Captain” is originally from Amritsar in the Punjab and former merchant marine captain. He is the owner operator of The Captains Nook, a flagship convenience store with a variety of offerings in Surrey, British Columbia.

Captain Gurdeep Singh was approved for a 200-point LMIA as the senior manager of his business. Most recently he received his Invitation to Apply for permanent residency to Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker stream of Express Entry November 18, 2020.


We also want to thank everyone for making our acclaimed publications about business investment immigration and the Owner Operator Pathway to Canada top-ranked through Amazon books. These publications include the following:

  1. Owner Operator LMIA Guidebook
  2. Owner Operator LMIA Guidebook Hong Kong Edition
  3. Intra Company Transferees (ICT) Guidebook
  4. How to Find LMIA Jobs in Canada, Start-up Visa Guidebook 
  5. The Rural Alberta Advantage for Investor Immigrants
  6. Why Immigrants Should Choose Alberta, Canada for Permanent Residence

These publications may be supplemented by purchasing an extended resources version through our website 

The extended version online is suited for those individuals who wish to see examples of real-life submissions to the government of Canada under the Owner Operator program.

There are also additional resources available for digital download via including sample business plans, template documents and video tutorials.

We also provide professional service packages on an hourly and flat fee basis.

About the Owner Operator Pathway:

The Owner Operator pathway is an efficient process by which foreign nationals may permanently resettle to Canada by starting or purchasing a business.

For the  Owner Operator LMIA investor immigrant pathway, the process can be summarized in the following manner:

  1. Become a majority shareholder in an eligible Canadian business or prepare to start your own business in Canada.
  2. Submit an application for an Owner Operator LMIA to ESDC (Service Canada) for approval with the support of a professional RCIC (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant).
  3. Once a positive LMIA has been achieved, apply for a Work Permit through an RCIC with the approved LMIA that will be valid for the next 1-2 years.
  4. Now that you have a positive LMIA and valid work permit, you can own and operate your business in Canada. During this time, while consulting with an RCIC, you can apply for permanent residency to Canada through Express Entry or a Provincial Nominee Program depending on your credentials and situation.

Of course, before purchasing or investigating starting a business, Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) should be obtained so you can travel in and out of Canada. 

The owner-operator LMIA stream may be the best pathway for you and your family to immigrate to Canada, especially if you have an existing business, experience in business, and relatively high net worth. For more information on the Owner-Operator LMIA pathway, please visit the Business Entrepreneur Immigration section on our website or our Blog which has an extensive amount of content and articles to help inform you of the process. Specifically, the article linked here outlines the step by step process for the Federal LMIA Owner Operator Pathway to Permanent Residency for business owners. 

Immigrating to Canada as Business Owner – Owner Operator LMIA Step by Step

For more information on being a Canadian investor immigrant and obtaining permanent residency, please contact us.

Sean G McKinsley, Managing Partner & Founder
RCIC & ICCRC Member R529731
Office: +1-587-400-3350
Fax: +1-587-400-4515
WhatsApp: +1-587-703-9805

Nikola Misina, Partner
RCIC & ICCRC Member R524218
Office: +1-587-400-3350
Fax: +1-587-400-4515
WhatsApp: +1-587-893-7427

Steve Paolasini, Senior National Vice-President, B. Eng
Office: +1-587-400-3350
Fax: +1-587-400-4515
WhatsApp: +1-587-703-9805