What Is Startup Visa Program?

Startup Visa program is a program for entrepreneurs whose intention is to start their innovative and globally competitive idea/company in Canada.

Under this program, if you have an innovative idea and meet the requirement of the designated organizations appointed by the Canadian government to invest in your project, you and your family will be approved and granted Canadian Permanent Resident Status.

This program offers Canadian permanent residence to qualified immigrant entrepreneurs. The program connects innovative entrepreneurs with private sector investors in Canada to receive educational or financial support.

What is the process?
Canada’s Start-up Visa Program 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

To qualify for a Canadian entrepreneur start up visa you need to:

  • Prove your business idea is supported by a designated investor organization.
  • Meet the language requirements.
  • Prove that your business meets the ownership requirements.
  • Have sufficient settlement funds

This visa is not conditional on the success of the business, although they applicants must try to establish the business in Canada, there will be no disruption to your permanent residency application and that of your family, if the business fails.

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