So you want to be in Canada as an entrepreneur? Yes, Canada wants you!
Canada’s new Start-Up Visa is the first of its kind in the world, linking immigrant entrepreneurs with experienced private sector organizations that have expertise in working with start-ups.
Canada wants entrepreneurs. Unlike programs in other countries, Canada does not provide “temporary” or “conditional” status. Successful applicants to this program will be able to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents with no conditions attached to the success of their business.
Do you want to build a dynamic company that can compete on a global scale? It starts in Canada.
How Can You Qualify?
Before applying, you will need to secure a commitment from a designated Canadian angel investor group or venture capital fund to invest in your business idea.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has collaborated with Canada’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Association as well as the National Angel Capital Organization to identify the participating private sector organizations. A list can be found online at cic.gc.ca/startup.
To apply for the Start-Up Visa, contact one of these organizations and convince them your business idea is worth investing in.
Once you have a commitment, then you can apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada to immigrate through the program.
In addition to passing standard health and security criteria, you will need to demonstrate your ability to communicate in either English or French, that you have completed one year of study at a post-secondary institution, and that you have enough money to live on while establishing your business.