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Start-Up Visa Program

Start-Up Visa Program

The Start-Up Visa Program focuses on entrepreneurs who want to immigrate to Canada. Specifically, those who can build businesses and create jobs for Canadians and Permanent Residents. The start-up visa allows applicants to obtain their Permanent Residency. Contact us today at (403) 452-9515 ext. 100 or 1-800-932-1190 or email us directly.

To be eligible for a Start-Up Visa you must:

  • Have a Letter of Support from a designated angel investor group (must secure at least $75,000 in support from this group) or venture capital fund (must secure at least $200,000 from this group) or business incubator (no initial investment from this group required)
  • Have a business that meets the ownership requirements:
    • Ownership requirements are:
      • Up to 5 people can apply for a Start-Up Visa
      • Each of those applicants must have at least 10% of voting rights or more in that particular Start-up
      • The designated angel investor group or venture capital fund or business incubator and the applicants must jointly hold more than 50% of the voting rights
      • Meet the Canadian language benchmark (CLB) 5 in all four categories (reading, writing, listening and speaking) in either English or French; and
      • Must meet the low-income threshold as set by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) and provide for the cost of living before earning any income.
      • The application fee for the primary applicant is $1050 not including the right of Permanent Residence fee ($490)

To learn more, visit IRCC's Start-up Visa Program to determine if you are eligible and if the Start-Up Visa is right for you.

Contact us today at (403) 452-9515 Ext. 100 or 1-800-932-1190 or email us directly

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It is hard enough in the normal course of business to obtain permanent resident status in Canada. Imagine the difficulty in gaining that status with a 36 year old developmentally disabled daughter. That was our experience. My husband had been recruited for the C.E.O. position at the Calgary Public Library. Even the process to obtain temporary work permits for all three of our family members took some time and effort. The Ackah Firm was with us every step of the way. They gave us good advice, managed the paperwork and kept my husband’s employer informed. They were also proactive by insisting that we get on with the process of permanent residency in a timely fashion. Again their experience and knowledge paid off. They utilized other legal expertise to make a case that our daughter would not be a burden to the Country or the Province. They were respectful of our point of view that despite her disabilities she had always been an active and engaged member of the community. We were pleased that permanent residence for parents and child came through fully six months before the temporary status expired.

– Margaret and Bill Ptacek

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