Canada Start Up VisaImmigration Program
Canada has consistently upheld its reputation as a welcoming destination for immigrants, offering a superior quality of life alongside an excellent educational and universal healthcare system. In 2018, the Canadian Government made the pilot program of the Canada Start Up Class, commonly referred to as the Start-Up Visa program (SUV), permanent. The scheme provides permanent residence opportunities for qualified immigrant entrepreneurs, with a specific focus on those who drive innovation. It targets innovative entrepreneurs and links them with private sector investors in Canada.
Initially, program applicants can relocate to Canada by obtaining a work permit, facilitated by their designated Canada-based organizations. Once their business is established and operational, they become eligible to apply for permanent residence status. Applicants should demonstrate sufficient settlement funds and pass language tests in English or French at a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark level 5.
The application for permanent residence can be submitted after receiving a letter of support, and in approximately 18 months, the status of permanent resident is granted. Applicants are required to actively participate in the management of the business in Canada. The business must be incorporated and engaged in activities within Canada.
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In order to apply for the Start-up Visa (SUV) Program in Canada, aspiring immigrant entrepreneurs must possess or create a viable business project or venture. This project should align with the due diligence criteria set forth by government-approved designated entities, garnering their support and commitment. These designated entities may encompass venture capital funds, angel investor groups, or business incubators. The requisite commitment must fulfill the following criteria:
|A designated venture capital fund must confirm that it is investing at least CAD 200,000 into the qualifying business. Candidates can also qualify with two or more commitments from designated venture capital funds totaling CAD 200,000.|
|A designated angel investor group must invest at least CAD 75,000 into the qualifying business. Candidates can also qualify with two or more investments from angel investor groups totaling CAD 75,000.|
|A designated business incubator must accept the applicant into its business incubator program and there is no investment threshold requirement.|
|Spouse||$550 + $490 (as RPRF)|
|Each family member||$150|
|Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPFR)||$500|