What is the Start-up Visa Program:

The Start-up Visa Program aims to attract foreign Entrepreneurs and give them permanent residence in Canada in 12-18 month if they are willing to start a business that qualifies with the following major criteria:

  • Is an innovative business
  • Can create jobs for Canadians
  • Can compete on international level

For detailed information on the eligibility criteria, fill out our online questionnaire and we will call you back.

As opposed to other immigration programs for Canada, Start-up Visa Program has no quota system limiting the intake of new applications until now.

Advantages: 

Canada offers a variety of advantages, including: great quality of life, quality universal education in English (or French), great universal health care systems, a vibrant and diversified economy (including IT, pharmaceutical, R&D, aerospaceetc), a mix of cultures where newcomers can feel at home.

This SUV program also offers the advantages of directly entering the Canadian business field with the help of professionals and experts, and being able to get permanent residence in Canada faster than any other business program available at the moment.

In order to qualify you must: 

  1. Have a qualifying business which meets the following conditions:
    • At the time you get a commitment from a designated organization:
      • each applicant holds 10% or more of the voting rights attached to all shares of the corporation outstanding at that time (up to 5 people can apply as owners)

AND

    • applicants and the designated organization jointly hold more than 50%of the total voting rights attached to all shares of the corporation outstanding at that time
    • At the time you receive your permanent residence:
      • You must provide active and ongoing management of this business from within Canada
      • The essential part of the operations of the business must happen in Canada
      • The business must be incorporated in Canada
  1. Obtain a letter of support from a designated organization

Designated organizations are Canadian venture capital funds, angel investors, and business incubators who all have their own application process and selection criteria. It will be important to find the best match for your business idea. JTH Lawyers will help you find such designated organizations to facilitate the whole process.

  1. Meet the language requirements (CLB 5 out of 12, the equivalent of expressing and understanding basic thoughts)
  2. Have enough money to settle in Canada
  3. Undergo security and medical clearance at the permanent resident visa application step.

If you assume being eligible to the Start-Up visa, or if you have further questions, please contact us now at info@jthlawyers.com or complete our free online assessment.

Steps towards Permanent Residence in Canada via Start-Up Visa Program

Sign Agreement / Business Plan Preparation

Canada immigration Processing

Innovative business by peer review

Permanent Resident Visa

Get Letter of Support

Federal Processing

Security check Medical clearance

Steps towards Permanent Residence in Canada via Quebec Immigrant Investor Program

Sign Agreement / Business Plan Preparation

Get Letter of Support

Canada immigration Processing

Innovative business by peer review

Federal Processing

Security check Medical clearance

Permanent Resident Visa

The advantages of the SUV programme

CANADA – Start-Up Visa Program (SUVP)

  • Several Canadian cities amongst the top 10 best cities in the world
  • High quality of life
  • Strong economy
  • Excellent education system
  • Free health care system
  • low taxes
  • low business costs
  • excellence in research and innovation
  • No language requirement
  • No employment requirements
  • Protection under Canadian law and Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Multiculturalism and multilingualism