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Start-up Visa Program

The Innovative Startup

This option is for individuals who are akin and have the requisite skill set to build a business from the ground up.


Potential Investors must possess the following:

  • Have a qualifying business.
  • Receive a Letter of Support from a Canadian Designated Organization.
  • Obtain a CLB level of 5 or higher in English or French.
  • Have the necessary minimum settlement funds.




Secure permanent residency directly and a pathway to citizenship after three years.


The domestic tuition rate for university programs is less than 70% of the rate for international students.


Elementary and high school educations are free.


Free Quality Healthcare.


The freedom to establish your venture anywhere in Canada except for Quebec


Investment Options 1

From $150,000

*Investment amounts are in USD


There are four significant prerequisites that all candidates must meet to apply for a Start-up Visa:

  1. The applicant must have a valid business

  2. Get an investment commitment from a Designated Organization
    The three different classes of Designated Organizations are:
    • A designated angel investor and venture capitalist funders.
    • A designated investment reserves.
    • A designated business incubator.

    3. Show proficiency in English (IELTS / CELPIP Exams) or French (TEF Exams)

    4. Provide proof of funds to the IRCC.

Processing Time

  • 18 or more months

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