Start-Up Visa Program

Start-Up Visa program is dedicated to the innovative entrepreneurs who wish to start their business in Canada.

Key Features


There is no minimum required amount. It depends on the project’s requirements

Net Worth

Should have enough funds to invest in the new project in Canada and to support your family.


This program offer the permanent residency

Start-Up Visa Program

The Start-Up Visa Program offers PR status to qualified immigrant entrepreneurs.  The program targets creative entrepreneurs and associates them with private sector investors in Canada who will help establish their start-up business.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Qualifying business plan.
  2. Commitment Certificate and Letter of Support from the incubator.
  3. Sufficient settlement funds
  4. Proficiency in English or French at minimum Canadian Language Benchmark level 5

Business Ownership Requirements

For the candidate to qualify for permanent residence:

  1. The intended business must be incorporated and carrying on business in Canada.
  2. The candidate must own at least 10 percent of the voting rights in the corporation.
  3. No other person can hold 50 percent or more of the voting rights in the corporation

Processing time of the program

If an entrepreneur has a feasible start-up business project, it will take about 6 months to secure a commitment letter of support from a designated entity.  Once the letter of support is received, the application for PR can be submitted.  It will take approximately 18-months to finalize the application to visa issuance.

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