Start-up Visa Program

Find out how to immigrate to Canada by starting a business and creating jobs, or support innovative entrepreneurs.

Immigrant entrepreneurs

Find out if you can apply

What requirements you need to meet, how to submit your application and what to do after you apply

Find a designated organization

Get one of these groups to support your idea

Most requested

Language testing for start-up visa

What language tests and levels we accept

Work in Canada while you wait

Work temporarily while your application for permanent residence is processed

Business groups in Canada

How to become a designated organization

How to get a recommendation from a partner industry association

Find a start-up to support

How to find immigrant entrepreneurs, make an investment or pledge your support


What happens during a peer review

Steps involved to make sure your activities are in line with industry standards

Losing your designation

What happens if you don’t uphold the conditions of your designation

Global Skills Strategy

How to get a work permit processed within two weeks

Questions about the start-up visa?

Find quick and direct answers to your questions