The Start-up Visa (SUV) process in Canada

The Start-up Visa (SUV) is one of the only two federal business immigration options to Canada. The other option, Federal Self-employed Class (SE2), covers cultural activities and athletics only. However, SUV is for all business groups. Let’s explore the Start-up Visa process in Canada.

What is a Start-Up Visa?

If you have an innovative idea that could contribute to the Canadian economy, the SUV could be an option. However, you have to run your idea with a designated organization first. If the organization supports your vision, you may pursue immigration to Canada. Moreover, you could even receive a work permit in Canada while waiting for permanent residence. Don’t get excited, though! Considering the competition and limited annual targets, this is one of the most challenging and expensive immigration options. Therefore, expect many twists and turns and unwanted expenses.

The Start-up Visa process

The following list shows a typical Start-up Visa process. However, the exact steps could be different from one application to the other.

  • Come up with an innovative business idea.
  • Get help from a professional team to perfect your business plan and approach a designated organization. Of course, you may need to register your corporation in Canada and transfer funds during this process. Most applicants need to visit Canada before receiving a letter of support.
  • Pitch your idea to one or more designated organizations.
  • Sign the necessary agreements and eventually get a commitment certificate and a letter of support from a designated organization.
  • Initiate the immigration application.
  • Apply for a work permit. Of course, you must be an essential candidate. If you receive the work permit, you may initiate your business even before becoming a permanent resident of Canada.
  • If you meet the requirements of this application method and if you are not inadmissible to Canada, you could become a permanent resident of Canada.

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Al Parsai, MA, DTM, RCIC
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This article has been expertly crafted by Al Parsai, a distinguished Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (L3 RCIC-IRB – Unrestricted Practice) hailing from vibrant Toronto, Canada. Al's academic achievements include an esteemed role as an adjunct professor at prestigious Queen's University Law School and Ashton College, as well as a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from York University. A respected member of CICC and CAPIC organizations, Al's insights are further enriched by his experience as the dynamic CEO of Parsai Immigration Services. Guiding thousands of applicants from over 55 countries through the immigration process since 2011, Al's articles offer a wealth of invaluable knowledge for readers.