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Start-up Visa

Canada’s Start-up Visa Program was a pilot program from 2013 and became a permanent program in 2018. It targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada that: 
•    are innovative
•    can create jobs for Canadians
•    can compete on a global scale
All qualifying applicants can directly apply for permanent resident and have the option to apply for a temporary work permit as well.

The applicant can locate their business and live anywhere in Canada except Quebec once they get a work permit. 

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01/ Language requirements:

    at least CLB 5 ( IELTS: Listening 5/Speaking 5/Writing 5/Reading 4). 

02/ Get a letter of support from a designated organization

    a) Have an innovative business idea and the related background

          (Advanced Manufacturing/Engineering/Energy/Internet of things/Big data/Software development/Artificial Intelligence/Robotics/Service Industry/Life Sciences/Financial technology/Clean Technology/Healthcare etc.)

     b) Get a letter of support from a designated organization. 

03/ Have a qualifying business

     a) At the time you get a commitment from a designated organization, incorporate a business in Canada; or

     b) At the time you receive your permanent residence, you provide active and ongoing management of this business from Canada.

04/ Bring enough money to settle

Number of family members

Funds required


For each additional family member


Application Process

Assess eligibility

Prepare Business Plan

Apply for a Letter of Support from

designated organization

Attend an incubation program

Get Letter of Support

Apply for Permanent Residency and Work Permit

Get Work Permit

Operate the business in Canada

Get Permanent residency

1-2 weeks

2 months

3-4 months

Varies by Designated Organization

1 month

3 months

2 months

12-16 months

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