Start Up Visa

Canada’s Start-up Visa Program is a Federal Government permanent program which targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada.

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Start Up VISA FAQ

What is Start Up Visa Program?


Canada’s Start-up Visa Program is a Federal Government permanent program which 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




What are the admissibility requirements to enter Canada?


You must meet the admissibility requirements to enter Canada. These apply to all applicants, not just Start-up Visa Program applicants. Applications may be refused if you are inadmissible to Canada. You may be asked questions about your:

  • Nationality
  • Age
  • language ability
  • Family members
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Income and/or net worth
  • Details on any job offer
  • Criminal record




What is the minimum investment that required to apply through the Start-up Visa Program?


If the investment comes from a designated Canadian venture capital fund, they must secure a minimum investment of $200,000.
If the investment comes from a designated Canadian angel investor group, they must secure a minimum investment of $75,000.
You don’t need to secure a financial investment from a business incubator. You must be accepted into a Canadian business incubator mentoring and educating program.




If I immigrate through the Start-up Visa Program, what happens if my business fails?


If your business fails, it doesn’t affect your Permanent Resident status. Canada recognizes that not every business will succeed and this program is designed so that the risk is shared between the public and private sector.




How long does the entire process take?


To obtain the Letter of Support from the designated organization, it may take between 2-4 months.





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