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Investor Visa

Canada Start-up Visa Program (SUV)

The Start-Up Visa Program grants permanent residency of Canada to entrepreneurs looking to relocate to Canada through investment immigration.

The program encourages entrepreneur immigrants to create companies in Canada. Successful applicants are expected to work with private sector organizations in Canada, where they can receive funding, guidance and expertise in opening and operating their own enterprise in Canada.

While waiting for their permanent residence, foreign entrepreneurs who have applied for a Start-Up Visa in Canada are eligible for a temporary work permit, allowing the immigrants to travel to Canada to launch and operate the business.

Basic Requirements

  • Have a qualifying business

  • A qualifying business means you created a business that meets the following conditions.

  • At the time you get a commitment from a designated organization:

  • each applicant holds 10% or more of the voting rights attached to all shares of the corporation outstanding at that time (up to 5 people can apply as owners)

  • AND

  • applicants and the designated organization jointly hold more than 50% of the total voting rights attached to all shares of the corporation outstanding at that time

  • At the time you receive your permanent residence:

  • you provide active and ongoing management of this business from within Canada

  • an essential part of the operations of the business happens in Canada

  • this business is incorporated in Canada

Get a letter of support from a designated organization

You must get a letter of support from a designated organization (a business group that has been approved to invest in or support possible start-ups).

You’ll need to:

  • contact the designated organization to find out how to get its support

  • convince the organization that you have a business idea that is worth supporting

  • get a letter of support from the designated organization

Meet the language requirements

The ability to communicate and work in English, French or both languages will help your business succeed in Canada.

You must take a language test from an approved agency and include the results with your application, or we won’t process it.
You must meet the minimum level of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in either English or French in all of these four areas:

  • speaking

  • reading

  • listening

  • writing

Bring enough money to settle

The Government of Canada does not give financial support to new start-up visa immigrants. Around CAD 24,000 for a family of 4. 

Program Advantage

  •  No restrictions on age, language, education *

  •  Get Permanent Residence Card in one step 

  •  High welfare benefits, first-class education platform, high-quality living standard

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