Immigration to Canada as investor or permanent

Dear Mr. Ingram,
Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.  Before your cell 
phone cut out, you asked me to send you an email with some basic 
information about myself so that you could see what kind of application 
process I might require to move to Vancouver from Washington State. 
 Below, I'll give you the basics.  If you require additional 
information, please let me know.
Warm Regards,
XX and XX, washington State
US citizens
I'm self employed.  My wife is a homemaker.
Our income varies between $75,000-$500,000 a year (US $)
I trade stocks and futures and angel invest in small companies.  I also 
own an all-purpose entertainment company (just me) 
The current director I'm working with is from Vancouver, so perhaps some 
sort of employment situation could be set up in order to expedite the 
We're interested in selling our current home and purchasing one in the 
$600,000-$750,000 range in Vancouver.
Obviously, we would prefer not to park $400,000 Canadian for five years. 
 However, if we did so, how might it be invested?  A money market fund? 
 Other Canadian investments of our choosing.
david ingram replies:
To start with, you should go to and read the Canadian Government's site on immigrating to Canada
Start off and see if you qualify on your own.  
To do that, either you or your wife (or both) fill out the self-assessing questionnaire at: 
If either of you get 67 points on this self-assessment, , you will qualify if nothing else rears its head.  The mark was 75 just a couple of months ago.  If you get the 67, let me know and we can continue on from there with a standard application.  In the meantime, you could buy a house here and spend a lot (really most) of your time here but would have to be a visitor and would be subject tot he possibility of being turned down.
If you had a bone fide job offer, that would make it much, much faster and increase your point score as you will see.
The last but far more costly method would be to come as an investor.  Even this has different rules and different possibilities (as does the US with an E1, E2 and E5 investor differential.)
You can find out more about being an investor at:
You can find out more about Business in general at
Last but not least is the Provincial business program which you will find at:
Do some prowling and see if you like what you see.  I am adding your name to my US / Canada list which will also give you other things to look at or consider as the answers come down the pike.
You should also goto and read the section on US / Canada Taxation (second box down on right hand side).  This will give you an idea of what you will be looking at for income tax situations.
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