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Start-up Visa

Start-Up Visa (SUV) was a pilot program launched by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in March 2013 and officially became a permanent program in 2017. The project is to attract more international talents and entrepreneurs with technical expertise and innovative technology to bring development potential and high-tech projects to Canada, thereby promoting and stimulating Canadian economic development.

Basic Requirements:

  • have a qualifying business.
  • have a letter of support from a designated organization.
  • meet the language requirements CLB 5 or above, and.
  • have enough money to settle and live in Canada before you make money from your business.


  • All family members (children must be under 22 years old) to get Irrevocable Permanent Residence status while still located outside of Canada
  • No assets declaration report
  • High school graduate or above
  • No management experience requirement
  • Low English required — CLB-5 or above
  • No restriction on residential areas (except Quebec)
  • Landing Canada with a work permit (optional) and wait for the permanent residence approval

High Level Process:

List of designated organizations –Start-Up Visa

  • Venture capital funds
  • Angel investor groups
  • Business incubators

Special Remark: Start-Up Visa program not offered in Hong Kong by our company.