Start Up Visa Program

Do you have an innovative business idea? You may be able to immigrate to Canada under Start Up Visa Program.

What is Canada’s start up visa?

Start-up visa program targets innovative entrepreneurs and links them with private sector investors in Canada who will help establish their new business in Canada.

There are three types of private-sector investor:

  • Angel investor
  • Venture capital fund
  • Business incubator

What Are the Candidate Eligibility Requirements?

In order to qualify for a start-up visa, there are four major conditions that entrepreneurial applicants must meet:

  • Having a qualifying business:

The entrepreneur applicants must have established a business in which each one holds at least 10% of the voting rights and up to five aspirants can apply together as owners. Moreover, all applicants and the designated investor organization must jointly hold more than 50% of the voting rights.

To obtain the Canadian permanent residency through this program, applicants must incorporate their business in Canada with active management of the foreign entrepreneurs.

  • Commitment Certificate and Letter of Support from a designated entity.
  • Sufficient unencumbered, available and transferable settlement funds.
  • Proficiency in English or French at minimum Canadian Language Benchmark level 5.

Which kinds of businesses qualify for the start-up visa program?

This immigration program applies to entrepreneurs who want to start a business that:

  • are innovative
  • can create jobs for Canadians
  • can compete on a global scale

How to apply:

  • Get the application package
  • Pay your application fees
  • Submit your application

How ICGCI can help you through your application?

We are committed to providing you with a positive outcome when you want to move as an entrepreneur to Canada. We have gained what it takes with our years of experience to manage the complex IRCC system. Let us help you bring your business into Canada, by supporting you in your entire application process. Call us at +1 (604) 719-8200, or email us at to learn how we can help!

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