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What you can do with the Start-Up Visa?

You could enter and move to Canada to work and manage your business with your Start-Up Visa.

It also allows you to freely enter and leave the country during the validity of your visa.

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Who is the Canadian Start Up Visa program for?

The Canadian Start-Up Visa is a program available for foreigners who want to obtain a visa to run/establish a business in Canada in order to obtain permanent residency.

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What are the eligibility requirements for the Start Up Visa?

You must meet the following criteria in order to qualify for a Canadian Start Up Visa:

  • Must run/establish a innovative business in Canada.

  • Must complete an incubation program and receive a letter from an designated organization by the Canadian Government.

  • Must have sufficient resources to settle in Canada.

  • Must have language proficiency.

Benefits of the Canadian Start-Up Visa


This type of visa allows spouses and unmarried children under the age of 22 to obtain a work permit, a study permit or the permanent residence at the same time as the principal entrepreneur.


One of the benefits of the Start Up Visa is that it can be extended for an indefinite number of periods until permanent residence is granted.

In other words, you could stay in Canada and run your business during the permanent residence application process.


The most important benefit of the Start Up Visa is that it allows the entrepreneur and their family to obtain permanent residence in 12 to 16 months.

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Why is the Canadian Start Up Visa for investors the best option for this year?


Pedro Centeno


Pedro Centeno is a regulated inmigration consultant licensed by the Canadian Government (license number R408567). He has more than 15 years of experience in inmigration field. He is a member of the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC, the highest authority in Canada who regulates all inmigration consultants/professionals.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in International Affairs from the University of Alberta, and is certified in Human Resources. Centeno regularly attends national and international prestigious conferences to stay current in the inmigration field and the recruitment of foreigners students and workers

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Read the FAQ about the Startup Visa

How much money is needed for the Canadian Start Up Visa?

There is no minimum investment required to run business in Canada through Start Up Visa.  Incubation program costs range from CAD$35,000 to CAD$85,000 Canadian dollars.

What do I have to do to work and live in Canada?

Before moving to Canada, you must obtain a work permit in order to work and live in the country.

You and your family could wait for permanent residence while you work in Canada. There are two Start Up Visa Program you may benefit from depending on your specific circumstances.

Can my spouse work in Canada if I get the Start Up Visa? Are my children included?

If your spouse and children under the age of 22 would be granted a visa for the same period as the principal applicant for an emerging business visa and your spouse can apply for employment authorization and your children can apply for a study visa.

What is the difference between the Start Up Visa and the Permanent Residence?

The Start-up visa is a category of permanent residence that offers the benefit of applicants coming to Canada on work visas while the permanent residence application is processed by the Canadian government.

Learn more about the Start Up Visa

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