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START UP VISA PROGRAM

Welcome to Canada’s Start-Up Visa Program, designed to provide talented entrepreneurs with a pathway to immigrate to Canada and establish innovative businesses. This program aims to foster economic growth by attracting dynamic individuals who can contribute to the Canadian economy through job creation and global competitiveness.

Start Up Visa

If you are interested in Start Up Visa
To be eligible for the Canadian Start-Up Visa, there are four key requirements you must fulfill:
  1. Qualifying Business Ownership: You need to hold a minimum of 10% of the voting rights attached to all shares of your company, and collectively with a designated organization, possess at least 50% of the voting rights attached to all shares of the company.
  2. Letter of Support from a Designated Organization: We will guide and assist you in securing a letter of support from a designated organization, such as a venture capital fund, angel investor group, or business incubator. This involves pitching your business idea and convincing the organization of its viability and potential for success. Each organization may have a unique pitching process, and upon a successful pitch, you will receive the necessary letter of support to include in your Start-Up Visa application.
  3. Language Proficiency: You must demonstrate language proficiency by taking a language test from an approved agency and meeting the minimum level of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in either English or French across speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills.
  4. Proof of Funds: We provide guidance on how to demonstrate proof of funds, which is essential to show that you have the financial resources to support yourself and any dependents upon arrival in Canada. The required amount depends on your family size.
Number of
family members
Funds required
(in Canadian dollars)
1$12,960
2$16,135
3$19,836
4$24,083
5$27,315
6$30,806
7$34,299
For each additional family member$3,492

Designated organization for Start Up Visa

Designated organization for the startup visa are crucial to meet the eligibility criteria. You will need to furnish evidence in the form of a Commitment Certificate and Letter of Support showing that your business has backing from a designated organization. These documents will outline the specifics of your partnership with one or more designated entities and are essential for your startup visa application. Unlike federal and provincial investor schemes that mandate applicants to invest their personal funds, there is no such requirement here.
Venture Capital Funds