For a foreign national to be eligible for an Owner-Operator work permit under the International Mobility Program, they must show that they:
It is advised that they obtain an LMIA as an employee of the company if a foreign citizen owns less than 50% of it. Additionally, only one owner will be permitted to apply for an Owner-Operator work permit if there are numerous owners of the company.
A foreign national who applies for an Owner-Operator work visa may have the dual intention of entering Canada temporarily (to run a business) and staying permanently by immigrating to the country. If an applicant for a work visa has this dual objective, they must show the officer examining their application that they are prepared to depart Canada at the conclusion of their temporary stay if necessary.