Launch your startup in Canada with the Startup Visa Program
If you’re a foreign entrepreneur looking to establish an innovative startup in Canada, the Startup Visa Program Canada could be the perfect pathway to permanent residency.
The Startup Visa Program is a fast-track immigration program that allows eligible foreign entrepreneurs to establish innovative startups in Canada.
To qualify, you must meet specific criteria, such as proving that your business is innovative, demonstrating proficiency in either English or French, meeting financial requirements, and passing security and medical checks.
If successful, you and your family can become Canadian citizens and benefit from a thriving startup ecosystem, lower business costs, and a high quality of life.
For qualified applicants, the startup visa program offers a life-changing series of opportunities including:
In addition, by choosing Kadri Law to support your application, you will gain additional benefits including:
In order to qualify you must meet the following four requirements:
Designated organizations are Canadian venture capital funds, angel investor groups, and business incubators designated by the Canadian government to participate in the program. They have experience and expertise in identifying innovative business ideas that have the potential to succeed in Canada.
To receive a Letter of Support from a DCO, you need to submit a detailed business plan that will be evaluated based on its innovation, market potential, and other relevant criteria. If the DCO believes that your business idea has the potential to succeed, they will issue a Letter of Support that will allow you to apply for permanent residency in Canada through the Startup Visa Program.
The list of designtated organizations is maintained by IRCC and is subject to change. The latest version can be found here.
We have partnered with numerous consultants and professionals across fields such as finance, accounting, business development, real estate, engineering, web and software development, marketing, PR, communications, product development and more to offer you everything you need to make your business a success in Canada.
To qualify for the program, your business must be an innovative startup that has the potential to compete on a global scale. It must also be supported by a designated Canadian organization (DCO).
There is no specific requirement for previous business experience to qualify for the program. However, having experience in the industry and a proven track record of success can help support your application.
There is no specific educational requirement for the Startup Visa Program Canada. However, having a higher level of education and expertise in your field can strengthen your application
Yes, you can bring your spouse or common-law partner and any dependent children with you to Canada if your application is successful.
No, the purpose of the Startup Visa Program Canada is to support foreign entrepreneurs who want to establish their businesses in Canada. Working for another company while running your startup in Canada is not permitted under the program.
The processing time for the Startup Visa Program Canada can vary depending on the complexity of your case. However, the program is designed to provide a fast-track pathway to permanent residency for eligible foreign entrepreneurs.
Up to date processing times can be found here.
Kadri Law has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and expertise in all areas of Canadian immigration and business law. For almost 2 decades, we have successfully processed over 10,000 Canadian Immigration cases utilizing every possible Immigration program Canada offers. We are committed to finding the right program for you, the one that best meets your goals and objectives while optimizing your prospects for success.
We offer credible and trustworthy legal representation while continuing to set the bar high with an industry leading commitment to client satisfaction and delivering exceptional results.
If you want to begin your startup business in Canada, contact Kadri Law using the form below to begin the process of analyzing your circumstances and determining the viability of Canadian Immigration benefits that can be derived from business strategies.
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