Canada’s Start-up Visa Program targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada that:
Processing Time: 12 – 16 months
To be eligible for the Start-up Visa program, you must:
A qualifying business means you created a business that meets the following conditions.
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:
The process to pitch your idea 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.
If you reach an agreement with a designated organization, it will send you a letter of support. You need to include this letter when you submit your application to us. This is the proof you need to show that the venture capital fund, angel investor group, or business incubator is supporting your business idea.
The organization will also send a commitment certificate directly to us. Both your letter of support and the organization’s commitment certificate will be assessed while processing your application. Please note, you may be asked for more business information in order to take a final decision on your application.
If you don’t include the letter of support or meet any of the other requirements, your application will be refused.
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 it won’t be processed.
You must meet the minimum level of the Canadian Language Benchmark(CLB) 5i neither English or French in all of these four areas:
Use your test results to find your CLB level.
If you don’t meet the minimum language skills, your application will be refused.
The Government of Canada does not give financial support to new start-up visa immigrants.
When you apply, you’ll need to give proof that you have the money to support yourself and your dependants after you arrive in Canada. You can’t borrow this money from another person.
The amount you need depends on the size of your family. We update these amounts every year. These amounts are updated every year.
The application package for a start-up visa includes an instruction guide and a document checklist.
Complete the document checklist:
You must include all the forms, supporting documents, signatures, language test results and the proof of payment of the processing fees. If any are missing, your application will be incomplete. It will be sent back without processing.
All of your answers must be complete and true. If it is found that you submitted false information or left out important details:
In most cases, your fees will include:
To make sure you have a complete application, you must:
If you forget something, your application will be sent back to you. You’ll have to fix any errors and resubmit it.
Mail your complete application to the address in the instruction guide.
Don’t send your application to any other processing centre or visa office.