Start-Up Visa

What is Canada Start-Up Visa Program?

The Canada Start-Up Visa Program is a unique immigration pathway that caters to foreign entrepreneurs with innovative start-up ideas.
The Government of Canada encourages such start-ups because they contribute to Canada’s economic growth and help create jobs for Canadian residents.

Prospective Startup Visa applicants who are successful under this program can receive permanent resident status and continue operating their startup as intended.

This program could be a great choice for people who do not qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker program or the different Business immigration options under the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

Canada Start-Up Visa Eligibility Requirements

Prospective foreign entrepreneurs who wish to apply for the Canada Start-Up Visa Program must meet the eligibility requirements in the following areas:

  • Have a Qualifying Business

  • Possess a Valid Letter of Support from an Organization

  • Meet the Minimum Language Requirements

  • Offer Proof of Funds

Application Process for Canada Start-Up Visa Program

The application process for the Canada Startup visa program is straightforward.
Applicants must first pitch their business idea to the designated organizations mentioned earlier. They must successfully convince them to support their venture.
If a designated organization chooses to support the startup, it will send a commitment certificate to IRCC and the applicant a letter of support. Once all the eligibility have been met, applicants can complete a Startup Visa application and submit it.

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