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Start - Up Visa

Start - Up Visa

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Canada Start-up Visa Program

The Canada Start-up Visa Program is an excellent immigration program for qualified entrepreneurs who want to start a new business or grow an existing business in Canada. Applicants accepted by a recognized organization in Canada, such as an incubator, Angel Investor or Venture Capital, will be able to establish or expand their business to Canada and receive enjoy the support of a designated organization. Furthermore, according to information from the Canadian Department of Immigration, startup founders receive an unconditional immigration permit to Canada based on their intention to establish a business in Canada.

Program requirements

  • Have an existing innovative business or a business idea supported by a designated organization such as a venture capital fund, an angel investor, or a business incubator.
  • English language proficiency CLB 5
  • Criminal and security check, medical clearance
  • Have sufficient funds to settle in Canada

Business evaluation criteria

  • Innovative business idea
  • Will create jobs for Canadians
  • Potential to compete on a global scale

Why is the Start-up Visa your best business choice?

  • Up to 5 business owners with families can obtain permanent residence in Canada
  • You can register a business in Canada before your get resident status
  • No specific work or managerial experience is required
  • No set investment amount and investment can be shared by multiple applicants in a business
  • High Success Rate: Government uses designated organizations to assess the business plan and due diligence report
  • The ability to communicate in English or French is important but fluency is not a requirement
  • With the exception of Quebec, applicants can choose to live and start their business anywhere in Canada
  • Applicant hasan option to apply for Work Permit to accelerate their move to Canada
  • Applicant and all dependents receive Canadian Permanent Residence
  • Fast federal processing

For more information, visit Canada Immigration and Citizenship website:


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