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Start-up Visa (SUV)

What is Start-up Visa (SUV) Program?

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. If you have an innovative business idea and can get support for your idea from one of the designated organizations, you may be able to immigrate to Canada.

Benefits of Start-up Visa Program

  • No personal net worth required

  • No education required

  • No specific business experience required

Eligibility of Start-up Visa Program

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

  • Have a qualifying business.

  • Get a letter of support from a designated organization (Capital Fund, Angel Investor or Incubator). If you reach an agreement with a designated organization, it will send you a letter of support

  • Meet the language requirements. Score IELTS (General Training) in the last 2 years: minimum Listening 5.0; Speaking 5.0; Writing 5.0 and Reading 4.0.

  • Bring enough money to settle down in Canada.

For the candidate to qualify for permanent residence:

  • The intended business must be incorporated and carrying on business in Canada.

  • The candidate must own at least 10 percent of the voting rights in the corporation.

  • No other person can hold 50 percent or more of the voting rights in the corporation.

  • Up to five candidates may have their permanent residence application supported by the same business investment.

Do you know?

  • If an entrepreneur has a viable start up business project, it will take about 4-6 months to secure a commitment certificate/letter of support from a designated entity. Once a letter of support is received, the application for permanent residence can be submitted.  It will take approximately 18-months to finalize the application to visa issuances.

  • You are not required to have working experience in the related industry and management.

  • You do not need to have completed a program at a post-secondary institution to apply. To meet the education requirements, you need to demonstrate only that you were a student in good standing for at least one year at a post-secondary institution.

There are a variety of start-up business projects that are currently looking for talents to join the team. Contact us if you are interested in being a part of those projects.

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