Start-Up Visa Program - Business Immigration to Canada

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In order to get Permanent Residence through the Start-Up Visa program, you need to meet the following criteria:

Have a qualifying business

Get Letter of Support from Designated Organization

Meet the Language Requirements

Meet the Financial Requirements


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Qualifying Business

Your business idea must include some sort of a technology or innovation aspect. Think of start-ups such as Über, SkipTheDishes, Oculus, etc.

When you receive a Letter of Support from a Designated Organization:

At the time you receive your permanent residence:


Letter of Support

You must get a Letter of Support from a Designated Organization. A Designated Organization provides your Start-Up with business mentorship and support during application processing.
Our law office works with you to meet the Designated Organization's due diligence requirements.

The process of getting a Letter of Support is different for each organization. Each organization has its own requirements. For example, you may be asked to present your business concept in person or submit a detailed business plan.

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Language Requirements

You must take an English or French language test from an approved agency.

You must meet the minimum level of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in either English or French in all of these four areas:


Financial Requirements

Start-Up Requirements
Applicant Requirements
Number of Family Members Funds Required (in Canadian Dollars)
1 $13,213
2 $16,449
3 $20,222
4 $24,553
5 $27,847


Start-Up Incubators

Our law office works primarily with Business Incubators to get Letters of Support because of higher success rates. We assist you in communicating with the Designated Organization and prepare you for due diligence and compliance.

Business Incubator Information:


Work Permit

You can apply for a Work Permit at the same time of your Permanent Residence Application.

When you apply for a Work Permit, your accompanying dependents can also apply for their own Work Permits, Study Permits, or Visitor Permits. The Permits will be issued for a duration of one year.

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Though the processing timeline can vary based on individual circumstances, below is a general guide of what to expect:

1. Have Start-Up Idea
  • Develop Preliminary Business Plan
  • Find Start-Up team members
Duration: Client Dependent
2. Get Letter of Support from Designated Organization
  • Sign term contract with Incubator
  • Pay inbucation fee
  • Join Incubator for contract term
Duration: 1 – 3 Months for Letter of Support
3. Apply for PR and Work Permit
  • Apply with family members for temporary Permits
Duration: Typically apply immediately after receiving Letter of Support
4. Get Work Permit
  • Come to Canada with your family and other team members and work
Duration: 3-6 months for Work Permit Processing
5. PR Application is Complete
  • You and your family members receive Permanent Residence
  • Your incubation term contract ends
Duration: months for PR Application Processing | 12-18 months for Incubation Term

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