Start-up Visa Program Canada


Start-up Visa Program in Canada seeks immigrant entrepreneurs with business skills and potential. The opportunity is offered to innovative people who can create jobs for Canadians or can compete on a global scale.

The Start-up Visa allows foreign entrepreneurs to set up a shop in Canada and gain permanent residency. If you have business skills and meet some other Start-up Visa requirements, it is a far easier and more secure way to obtain PR (Permanent Residence).

How do I get an endorsement for my Start-Up Visa?

The applicant has a genuine, unique business plan that addresses new or existing market needs or establishes a competitive advantage. The applicant possesses or is actively developing the essential skills, knowledge, experience, and market awareness to run the business successfully.

How can I obtain assistance from a designated organisation? 

Firstly, contact the designated organisation to learn how to obtain its assistance. Then you must persuade the organisation that you have a viable business idea worth supporting. Each organisation has its process for pitching its idea. And they have their own requirements. They may ask you to present a business concept in person or to submit a detailed business plan.

Letter of support
A letter of support will be sent to you if you agree with a designated organisation. Once you submit your application, please include this letter.

What does this letter say?
This letter acts as evidence that the angel investor group, venture capital fund, or business incubator believes in your business idea. 


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

  • receive a "letter of support" from the designated organisation.
  • meet the language requirements.
  • bring sufficient funds to settle. And applicant should also be able to financially support dependants. 


The applicant should provide the following documents:

  • Identity documents
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Dependents documents, if applicable
  • Police certificate and clearance


Firstly, get the application package. After that, pay your application fees and submit your application.

When to Apply
Apply a year before you want to move to Canada.

Visa Processing Time
It may take 12-16 months to process your application. There may be a need to provide biometrics along with your application. It includes the time which you need to give to your biometrics.

How to Apply
Gather your documents and apply online. You will have to provide biometrics for visa processing. However, you are advised to let the professionals handle the job for you.


You're normally allowed to stay in Canada indefinitely.

The visa cost may vary by various factors. It starts from 2,075 CAD.

How much money is required for a startup visa in Canada?

200,000 CAD is the minimum amount you should secure for your business. 


There is no need for an extension as this visa can lead to permanent residence in Canada.


The visa is for investment and business in Canada.

You can apply for a temporary work permit.

Include family members on this visa.

Move-in and outside Canada as you want.

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