Start-Up Visa Program

Program Overview

Canada’s Start-up Visa Program targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada that are innovative, can create jobs for Canadians and can compete on a global scale.

Program Requirements

  • In order to be eligible to apply for permanent residence in Canada, applicant need to have:
    • an innovative business idea and a qualifying business (each applicant holds 10% or more of the voting rights and up to 5 people can apply as owners)
    • a Letter of Support from a designated organization (Venture Capital, Angel Fund or Incubator)
    • English level at CLB 5 or above. This can be shown with valid IELTS-General, CELPIP, or PTE-Core test results.
    • enough money to settle in Canada
  • At the time receive the permanent residence:
    • applicant provides active and ongoing management of this business from within Canada
    • an essential part of the operations of the business happens in Canada
    • this business is incorporated in Canada

Application Process

  1.  Have an initial assessment with Immigration Consultant about the venture concept and viability of the project.
  2. Approach a Designated Organization with the business idea.
  3.  If accepted by an Organization, receive a Letter of Support.
  4. Submit work permit and permanent residence applications concurrently.
    • Processing time for permanent residence under the Start-Up Visa program is currently estimated at 38 months as of June 6, 2024. 
    • Processing time for a work permit depends on the country applied from.
  5. Arrive at Canada on temporary residence status with accompanying family members and start operating the business in Canada while your permanent residence application processes.
  6. On approval of the application, become a permanent resident!