The Startup Visa program presents a great opportunity for foreign entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and aspirations to immigrate and start their new business in Canada. Even though it is called a “visa” – it is a solid path for Canadian PR (Permanent Residency in Canada) since all applicants are processed directly under the Federal Immigration Economic stream.
Advantages of Startup Visa
No minimum experience requirement
No minimum education requirement
Fast and direct PR processing
No proof of net worth needed
No long queue
Ability to apply as a team
Requirements of Startup Visa
English or French proficiency = CLB 5
No criminal records
Strong innovative idea
Sufficient settlement funds
Active involvement in business
Why the Startup Visa program is the best path towards a Permanent Residence in Canada for foreign entrepreneurs with bright innovative ideas and desire to commercialize it?
First of all, let’s start with the Advantages and Requirements, which in comparison to other Canadian immigration programs, are much lower and give applicants a higher chance of success in obtaining Canadian PR.
Let’s look at some of the most critical points in more detail.
No minimum experience
“Do I really need no experience running a business to apply for the Canadian Startup Visa program?”, you may wonder. Surprisingly, under this Startup Visa stream, the Government of Canada is focusing on bright innovations and potentially viable ideas that may come as a result of sudden aspiration or long-term R&D (Research and Development) efforts. Actual business experience is a supplementary factor to genuine mindset, and we help candidates to articulate those ideas, cultivate them and convert into MVP (Minimum Valuable Product) projections.
No minimum education
Of course, entrepreneurs tend to be people of great expertise in their own fields (for example, IT or Healthcare), but to apply for a Canadian Startup Visa no specific degree or level of education is going to count against an entrepreneur interested in immigration to Canada. By removing this requirement the Government of Canada is willing to consider today’s sharp individuals like a “College drop-out Bill Gates of 70s” to be recognized for their brainpower, as opposed to individuals with formal educational credentials.
No proof of net worth needed
Practically all business-related PR programs in Canada require candidates to prove their Net-Worth before their Application is even remotely considered for immigration. Our Startup Visa applicants don’t have to do that.
Ability to apply as a team
Do you know that over 20 Startup Visa programs exist worldwide but none of them offer innovators, designers, marketers, engineers, etc. the opportunity to apply as one team and relocate to their new country as a group of like-minded individuals. Imagine if Sergey Brin and Larry Page wanted to apply together as a team so they could propose for Google to be born in Canada… With the Canadian Startup Visa requirements such a hypothetical scenario would be possible!
Strong innovative idea is at the core
The candidates for this Startup Visa program are expected to be deeply involved in their new Canadian venture’s business activities. In short, this is not a “passive investment” scheme like the infamous QIIP (Quebec Investment Immigration Program). Far from it! Our clients are deeply involved in daily activities of their brainchild, acting on behalf of the venture and taking key active roles in its C-suite responsibilities.
Active involvement in business is expected
The Canadian Startup Visa program requires people to step outside the box of ordinary thinking. We've posted a video on the Anyvisa Youtube Channel
that covers the difference between innovation and invention
– which is one of the misconceptions among potential immigrants. At the same time, this program is not a replacement for a traditional business’ transition to Canada.
How to Choose an Immigration Expert for Canadian Startup Visa Program?
Spot the immigration leaders
Startup Visa immigration specialists constantly deliver measurable results and support their clients all the way to a Canadian Permanent Residency (PR). To start the client onboarding process, we do the following:
Thoroughly examine a client’s entire background,
Take into account any work experience and educational features,
Carry out business due-diligence on proposed idea,
Examine the potential fit of each individual into the team and into the program itself.
This approach ensures that the immigration process will proceed in a way that accomplishes 2 very important objectives of the Canadian PR application:
Meets and exceeds Canadian government PR application requirements,
Prepares all applicants for launching their Startup while they are going through immigration.
Anyvisa specialists and immigration consultants have strong due-diligence selection procedures in place, so that every PR applicant is chosen based on eligibility standards designed to achieve success and avoid unexpected surprises.
Look for Startup Visa relevant track record
Business clients also need to be better educated and genuinely instructed about Startup Visa program requirements. We thoroughly explain to our clients the business side of running a new venture in Canada and help them to be ready to collaborate with all parties involved in the project – partners, investors, legal team, and government officials. Since early 2014 (the first year of active processing of Startup Visa files) our lead expert and Senior Partner Dr. Alex Titov has been providing unique practical training to Lawyers and Consultants across Canada as part of CPD (Continuous Professional Development) courses. We cover this in more detail in our multiple tutorial videos and regular webinars that you can watch on our Youtube Channel
Give preference to a multicultural Startup Visa application experience
Even though each PR applicant’s goal is the same – to immigrate to Canada – the cultural differences pose unique challenges for immigration lawyers and consultants about how to best present each individual file. We have been working through multiple channels across the Globe – from the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Latin America, India, Western Europe and former Soviet Union countries – to source, pre-assess, select and process Startup Visa teams and bring them to Canada in the most effective way. Besides that, our clientele keeps growing with happy clients’ private “word of mouth” referrals, which speaks volumes about Anyvisa’s custom tailored approach.
Enjoy 100% guarantee of dedication to your success
We are proud to say that we have 100% guarantee terms carefully implemented in our agreements to reflect mutual respect and obligations of all parties involved in the process. Step by step we reassure our clients in our ability to deliver outstanding results in the most fair and open way – only after one stage is completed perfectly and paid for, we move to another stage. The result is self-evident – NO Startup Visa refusals to this day.
Anyvisa aims to keep up the good job and contribute our expertise and professionalism to make your Startup Visa project successful and bring you closer to your dream – Immigrate to Canada, invest in the local economy, and do good for a country that will really thank you for it.
Get piece of mind with an All-Inclusive service
Many immigration service providers focus only on processing visa applications, essentially just handling the formal paperwork. Anyvisa, on the other hand, provides all-inclusive services. Whether our Startup client needs an immigration-only assistance or a combination of business and immigration services, they can rest assured that all their needs will be covered. What makes this approach possible is our understanding of business rules in Canada and beyond borders – we are happy to share our connections, expertise and practical knowledge, and provide any guidance needed.
Don’t underestimate the PR processing time factor
Anyvisa processes the most amount of Startup Visa applications across Canada by far, all while representing clients from all five continents. We are beating the record of success year after year, and hold a record for the fastest PR file in the Startup Visa category – 55 days. Even despite COVID-related delays, nowadays, we are landing teams in Canada for PR on a regular basis.
Make sure a dedicated team is behind you every step of the way
At Anyvisa, our experienced professionals are ready to personally assist you and cover all your Startup Visa needs. Our affiliated experts in business, finances, marketing, accounting, UX/UI design, IT, copyright, etc. will be happy to consult you and make sure your business development is on the right track; and our immigration practitioners will take care of your immigration process so it goes smoothly and stress-free. Our highly experienced team of dedicated specialists can process a significant amount of files in a short time with high quality standards, which also differentiates us from other service providers. As a client, you will feel comfort and peace of mind while following our strategic plan and practical advisory.
If you are a business owner, or just dream of running your own business as well as moving to another country for good – consider PR in Canada as your most effective immigration option.
Canada is welcoming bright-minded people with innovative ideas and a forward-thinking business aspiration. Order our Business Consultation to find out how (and how quickly) your Startup idea can bring you to Canada!
If you are not sure where to start, make your first step with our Contact Us. Fill out the simple form and send your request to our team. We will be happy to guide you through the Startup Visa process!