Canada’s Start-up Visa Program targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada:

  • • are innovative
  • • can create jobs for Canadians
  • • can compete on a global scale


To be eligible for the Start-up Visa Program, you must:


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).


  • • 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 meet the minimum level of the Canadian Language Benchmark in either English or French in all of these four areas:

  • • speaking
  • • reading
  • • listening
  • • writing

If you dont meet the minimum language skills, your application will be refused!


Bring enough money to settle

The Government of Canada does not give financial support to new start-up visa immigrants.

When you apply, youll need to give proof that you have the money to support yourself and your dependents after you arrive in Canada. You cant borrow this money from another person.


Processing times

12 to 16 Months, this processing time includes the time you need to give your biometrics.

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About this Program