April 5, 2021

Sean G McKinsley, Managing Partner, Micky Singh, Executive Director and Partner,  Nikola Misina, Partner, and Steve Paolasini, Senior National Vice President, Canada Immigration and Visa Services (CIVS), proudly congratulate our dear friend, Dr. Ashish Gupta, for receiving Owner Operator LMIA NOC 0015 (President, Mary Hill Market) approval through the High Wage Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program of 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 British Columbia

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​Dr. Ashish, President and General Manager of Mary Hill Market.

We want to congratulate our dear friend and client, Dr. Ashish Gupta, President of Mary Hill Market.

Mary Hill Market is the flagship store for Dr. Gupta’s new enterprise based in Western Canada. Dr. Gupta is not only educated as a Physician and Surgeon, he has distinguished himself with service in government as the Tax Commissioner of the Indian Revenue Service at Chandigarh. Dr. Gupta was approved for the week on March 31, 2021 and will now resettle permanently in Canada with his family. CIVS assisted Dr. Ashish in applying for LMIA on February 20, 2021. He was interviewed on March 31st and approved on the same day. Dr. Ashish received additional 200 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 must be fully operational and is designed to support entrepreneurial newcomers like Dr. Ashish will be living the Canadian dream. It’s our privilege now to assist Dr. Ashish in applying for his and his family’s Work Permit and Permanent Residence in Canada.

Youtube video: https://youtu.be/DzecOhU94U4 

Dr. Gupta provides the following testimonial:

Good morning, Sean. Today, I got 200 points with NOC 00 in one day. Unbelievable! Unprecedented! Sean, it is all because of your inputs. They were critical. It wouldn’t have been possible without your valuable, crucial inputs. Just before the interview, I really want to praise your team. They are unbelievable. They have maintained absolute professionalism and impeccable honesty. I want to especially thank Kimberly, Steve, Supreet, Micky, all of them really have supported me all through this journey. And Sean, of course, you are the leader. Thank you so much. Regards.

We want to encourage our clients and friends to visit Dr. Gupta and  Mary Hill Market at:

Location: 1985 Pitt River Road, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 1R2


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 https://civs.ca/resources/ 

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 https://civs.ca/resources/ 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
Email: sean.mckinsley@civs.ca

Micky Singh, Executive Director / Partner
Office: D-51 Janakpuri, New Delhi, India
Email: micky.singh@civs.ca
WhatsApp: +1-778-929-7097 (CA)  |  +917838000097 (IND)

Nikola Misina, Partner
RCIC & ICCRC Member R524218
Office: +1-587-400-3350
Fax: +1-587-400-4515
WhatsApp: +1-587-893-7427
Email: nikola.misina@civs.ca

Steve Paolasini, Senior National Vice-President, B. Eng
Office: +1-587-400-3350
Fax: +1-587-400-4515
WhatsApp: +1-587-703-9805
Email: steve.paolasini@civs.ca