StartUp Visa Program

What is StartUp Visa Program?

To be eligible for the Start-up Visa Program, you must:

have a qualifying business

get a letter of support from a designated organization

meet the language requirements

bring enough money to settle

Have a qualifying business

A qualifying business means you created a business that meets the following conditions.

At the time you get a commitment from a designated organization:

each applicant holds 10% or more of the voting rights attached to all shares of the corporation outstanding at that time (up to 5 people can apply as owners) and

applicants and the designated organization jointly hold more than 50% of the total voting rights attached to all shares of the corporation outstanding at that time

At the time you receive your permanent residence:

you provide 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

Get a letter of support from a designated organization

You must get a letter of support from a designated organization (a business group that has been approved to invest in or support possible start-ups).

You’ll need to:

contact the designated organization to find out how to get its support

convince the organization that you have a business idea that is worth supporting

get a letter of support from the designated organization

The process to pitch your idea is different for each organization. Each organization has its

own requirements. For example, you may be asked to present your business concept in person or submit a detailed business plan.

If you reach an agreement with a designated organization, it will send you a letter of support. You need to include this letter when you submit your application to us. This is the proof you need to show that the venture capital fund, angel investor group, or business incubator is supporting your business idea.

The organization will also send a commitment certificate directly to us. We’ll use both your letter of support and the organization's commitment certificate to assess your application. Please note, we may ask you for more business information in order to take a final decision on your application.

If you don’t include the letter of support or meet any of the other requirements, we’ll refuse your application.

Did you know?

While your application for permanent residence is being processed, you can apply for a temporary work permit to get to Canada and start building your business. See work permits for start-up visa applicants.

Meet the language requirements

The ability to communicate and work in English, French or both languages will help your business succeed in Canada.

You must take a language test from an approved agency and include the results with your application, or we won’t process it.

You must meet the minimum level of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in either English or French in all of these four areas:

speaking

reading

listening

writing

Use your test results to find your CLB level.

If you don’t meet the minimum language skills, we’ll refuse your application.

Bring enough money to settle

The Government of Canada does not give financial support to new start-up visa immigrants.

When you apply, you’ll need to give proof that you have the money to support yourself and your dependants after you arrive in Canada. You can’t borrow this money from another person.

The amount you need depends on the size of your family. We update these amounts every year.

 

How much money should you bring?

Find out how much it costs to live where you’re planning to settle in Canada.

StartUp Visa Program Tutorial Video

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    Canada office

    25 Sheppard Ave W, North York, ON M2N 6S6, Canada | +16479934146

    Emirates office

    Crystal Tower, Business Bay, Dubai, UAE | +۹71526737451

    Tehran office

    Sa'adat Abad St. +989120148893

    Shiraz office

    Molla Sadra St. +989120148893