Start-up Visa

Canada's Start-up Visa Program targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build innovative businesses in Canada that can create jobs for Canadians and compete on a global scale.

Do you have an innovative business idea? If you can get support for your idea from one of the designated organizations, you may be able to immigrate to Canada.

There are many reasons why Canada is the best place to build your business. Canada's advantages include:

  • a strong economy
  • low taxes and low business costs
  • excellence in research and innovation
  • a high quality of life

Determine your eligibility

Find out if you are eligible to get a Start-up Visa and immigrate permanently to Canada.


Follow the steps to apply for a Start-up Visa.

Check processing times

Find out how long it will take CIC to process your application.

After you apply: next steps

Learn what you should do after you apply to come to Canada as an immigrant entrepreneur.

Prepare for arrival

Be prepared and know what to expect when you arrive in Canada.

Want to live in Quebec?

The Province of Quebec is in charge of its own business immigration program. If you plan to live in Quebec, visit the Quebec immigration department.

Top questions about Start-up Visa

Find out if you are eligible

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The Start-Up Visa Program: Canada wants entrepreneurs!

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