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CANADA ENTREPRENEUR
VISA GUIDE
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CANADA ENTREPRENEUR
VISA GUIDE
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Canadian Entrepreneur Visa program gives entrepreneurs the opportunity
to immigrate to Canada in order to establish a new business. Immigrant entrepreneurs must demonstrate that their business will stimulate the Canadian economy and create employment opportunities for its residents.
Canadian Entrepreneur Visa program gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to immigrate to Canada in order to establish a new business. Immigrant entrepreneurs must demonstrate that their business will stimulate the Canadian economy and create employment opportunities for its residents.
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  • It is possible to immigrate with your family
  • You’re not required to invest any of your own money. The minimum investment required is an investment that comes from a designated Canadian venture capital fund or angel investor group.
  • You can apply for a visa as a team (up to 5 persons)
  • There are no requirements regarding spending a certain number of days a year in Canada
  • You will get Permanent residency with your Entrepreneur visa
  • If your business fails, it doesn’t affect your permanent resident status
  • It is possible to immigrate with your family
  • You’re not required to invest any of your own money. The minimum investment required is an investment that comes from a designated Canadian venture capital fund or angel investor group.
  • You can apply for a visa as a team (up to 5 persons)
  • There are no requirements regarding spending a certain number of days a year in Canada
  • You will get Permanent residency with your Entrepreneur visa
  • If your business fails, it doesn’t affect your permanent resident status
Benefits
MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS
✓contact the designated organization to find out how to get its support
✓convince the organization that you have a business idea that is worth supporting
✓get a letter of support from the designated organization
✓If the investment comes from a designated Canadian venture capital fund, you must secure a minimum investment of $200,000
✓If the investment comes from a designated Canadian angel investor group, you must secure a minimum investment of $75,000
✓You don’t need to secure a financial investment from a business incubator. You must be accepted into a Canadian business incubator program
A business must accomplish the following requirements:

  1. The innovativeness of the project
  2. The business can create jobs for Canadians
  3. Scalability of business
4. You must have an invitation letter from an organization specially designated by the Canadian Government (usually an accelerator or incubator). You’ll need to:




What is the minimum investment that I need to apply through the Start-Up Visa Program?







See the list of designated organizations for more information.

5. Professional criteria: Canadian Language Benchmark (English/French)
5 in listening, reading, writing and speaking.



ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Permanent.
VISA DURATION
  • Age: 18+
  • Clean criminal record (e.g. police clearance certificate obtained in the country of residence)
  • You must bring enough money to settle: $13.213 for one person and $3.560 for each additional family member
  • Proven financial resources ($12.960 per year)
MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS
  • Age: 18+
  • Clean criminal record (e.g. police clearance certificate obtained in the country of residence)
  • You must bring enough money to settle: $13.213 for one person and $3.560 for each additional family member
  • Proven financial resources ($12.960 per year)
A business must accomplish the following requirements:

  1. The innovativeness of the project
  2. The business can create jobs for Canadians
  3. Scalability of business
4. You must have an invitation letter from an organization specially designated by the Canadian Government (usually an accelerator or incubator). You’ll need to:






What is the minimum investment that I need to apply through the Start-Up Visa Program?







See the list of designated organizations for more information.

5. Professional criteria: Canadian Language Benchmark (English/French) 5 in listening, reading, writing and speaking.

A business must accomplish the following requirements:

  1. The innovativeness of the project
  2. The business can create jobs for Canadians
  3. Scalability of business
4. You must have an invitation letter from an organization specially designated by the Canadian Government (usually an accelerator or incubator). You’ll need to:







What is the minimum investment that I need to apply through the Start-Up Visa Program?












See the list of designated organizations for more information.

5. Professional criteria: Canadian Language Benchmark (English/French) 5 in listening, reading, writing and speaking.

A business must accomplish the following requirements:

  1. The innovativeness of the project
  2. The business can create jobs for Canadians
  3. Scalability of business
4. You must have an invitation letter from an organization specially designated by the Canadian Government (usually an accelerator or incubator). You’ll need to:






What is the minimum investment that I need to apply through the Start-Up Visa Program?









See the list of designated organizations for more information.

5. Professional criteria: Canadian Language Benchmark (English/French) 5 in listening, reading, writing and speaking.

VISA PROCEDURE
AND NECESSARY DOCUMENTS
VISA PROCEDURE AND NECESSARY DOCUMENTS
Step 1. Prove your language level

To prove your language skills, you must take a language test given by an agency that is approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and include the results with your application.

You must:

  • Arrange for testing by an approved agency. You'll have to pay the costs.
  • Include the copies of your test results with your immigration application. If you don't, the application won’t be processed.
Step 2. Apply for an Entrepreneur Visa

  1. Get the application package
The application package for a start-up visa includes an instruction guide and a document checklist.

2. Fill out the application form

  • Fill out the Generic Application Form for Canada on your computer.
  • Click the “Validate” button on the form. If there are any fields you still need to fill out, they will be outlined in red.
  • Print the validated application form. Make sure to print all pages of the application form and the barcode page. The barcode page will come up after you validate the form. If you have more than one package, place a separate barcode page on each one.
  • Sign and date the form where asked.

3. Complete the document checklist

  • Gather all supporting documents and information in the order identified in the Document Checklist.
  • Check off each item.
  • Place all identification and supporting documents in a sealed envelope.
  • Print out the document checklist and sign it.
  • Include the document checklist as the cover page of your application.

4. Pay your application fees

In most cases, your fees will include:

In most cases, you must pay a biometrics fee when you submit your application. Otherwise, you may experience delays. The biometrics fee covers the cost of collecting fingerprints and a digital photo.

After you pay the biometrics fee with a complete application, you’ll be sent a letter confirming that you need to give your biometrics and information about where you can to it. You must show this letter when you give your biometrics.

You must give your biometrics in person. Make sure to book an appointment if this service is offered. Find a collection point close to you.

  • third-party fees

Depending on your situation, you may need to pay third parties for:


The instruction guide can help you understand which fees apply to you.

You have to pay your fees online (force opens in new tab).

5. Submit your application

All of your answers must be complete and true. If the committee finds out that you gave them false information or left out important details:

  • your application could be refused
  • you could be found inadmissible and
  • you could be barred for five years from applying to come to Canada for any reason
✓ If there are multiple people applying for permanent residence (PR) as partners in a qualifying business, the committee won’t process any applications until all have been received.
✓ Each business partner must submit their own application. Do not submit all applications in one envelope.
✓ If a team member will no longer be submitting a permanent residence application you must use the web form to tell the committee as soon as possible.

To make sure you have a complete application, you must:

  • answer all questions
  • sign your application and all forms
  • pay your processing fees and attach a copy of the receipt to your application
  • include all the supporting documents
If you forget something, the application will be sent back to you. You’ll have to fix any errors and resubmit it.

Mail your complete application to the address in the instruction guide.

FEES
1575 CAD
2075 CAD

1575 CAD
825 CAD
Include a dependent child
225 CAD
Processing fee (1,575 CAD) and right of permanent residence fee (500 CAD)
Your application
Your application
Without right of permanent residence fee
Include your spouse or partner
Processing fee (825 CAD) and right of permanent residence fee (500 CAD)
Include your spouse or partner
Without right of permanent residence fee
WHEN IN CANADA
WHEN IN Canada

I. How to get Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN)

To work in Canada or access government programs and benefits, you need a 9-digit number known as a Social Insurance Number (SIN).

Documents required to apply to SIN:

  1. Primary identity document
You must provide 1 of the following documents:

  • Permanent Resident card issued by IRCC or CIC
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) issued by IRCC with:
--✓ a travel document (for example, a foreign passport), or
--✓ a photo identification issued by a provincial or territorial authority (for example, a driver’s license)

2. Secondary document

You must provide 1 of the following documents. It must contain the legal name (family name and given name) and the date of birth.

  • a passport (Canadian or foreign)
  • a Canadian provincial or territorial ID card or driver’s license
  • any other Canadian government-issued ID

3. Proof of address

You must provide a document that confirms the address indicated in the online SIN application. A response to your request will be mailed to this address. It must:

  • be issued by one of the following: a government, a company, an institution, an organization, a landlord or an employer and be:
--✓ a document, or
--✓ an attestation letter signed by the issuer

  • contain the name (surname and given name) that appears on your primary, secondary or supporting document

4. Supporting document

If the name on any document provided is different from the name on the SIN application, a legal document stating the most recent name used is required

Submit original copies. If you apply by mail or in-person, you may only submit original documents. If you apply online, you may submit digital copies. These digital copies must be clear and legible.

II. How to open a bank account

You may be able to open a bank account with the proper identification in Canada if you’re not a Canadian citizen. You may need to go to the financial institution in person to open a bank account.

Documents required to open a bank account in Canada:

  • passport
  • landing papers/permanent residence card

III. How to get Canadian Healthcare Insurance Card

To be eligible for a healthcare insurance card, you need to go to your nearest provincial or territorial services office.

Documents required:
  • passport
  • permanent residence card
  • identification that proves that you have been residing in your province or territory for at least 3 months
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PERMANENT RESIDENCE AND CITIZENSHIP
You can apply for Canadian citizenship if you:

  • are a permanent resident
  • have lived in Canada for at least 3 out of the last 5 years (1,095 days)
  • have filed your taxes
  • pass a citizenship test

If you’re 18 to 54 years of age on the day you sign your application, you need to take the citizenship test. You’ll need to answer questions about the rights and responsibilities of Canadians and Canada’s history, geography, economy, etc.

The test is:

  • in English or French
  • 30 minutes long
  • 20 questions (pass mark: 15 correct answers)
  • multiple-choice and true or false questions
  • based on the official citizenship study guide: Discover Canada
  • usually written, but may be oral
  • learn more about the citizenship test.
  • prove their language skills in English or French

To become a citizen, you need to meet the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) Level 4 or higher.

You can apply online or on paper.

The application fees:
  • Adult (18 or older): $630
  • Minor (under 18): $100
PERMANENT RESIDENCE AND CITIZENSHIP
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