FAQs

FAQs

Why My Application Might Be Denied for the Start-Up Visa Program in Canada?

Completing an application for a Start-Up Visa in Canada involves a series of steps. A mistake in any one of these steps could cause your...
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How Fast is the Canada Start-Up Visa Program?

Applying for a Start-Up Visa in Canada involves a series of steps including:
  • Obtain the support of a designated investment organization, such as a venture capital fund or angel investor in Canada. This process may take a few months or over a year depending on the organization and the specific...
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    Why Do We Need a Start-Up Visa?

    The Canadian Start-Up Visa Program allows innovative foreign entrepreneurs to obtain permanent residence in Canada while establishing a start-up business. Unlike other immigration programs offered by Canada for foreign entrepreneurs, the Start-Up Visa does not require any minimum investment by the immigrant. Further, the foreign entrepreneur can choose to live anywhere in Canada under this program, rather than a specific province as under the Provincial Nominee Program. Finally, the Start-Up Visa Program allows recipients to live in Canada as a permanent resident for three years, before then also becoming eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship and a Canadian passport. If the foreign entrepreneur has a spouse and children, they may follow similar steps to become Canadian...
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    How Does the Start-Up Visa Program Help Immigrant Entrepreneurs?

    The Start-Up Visa Program allows immigrant entrepreneurs to start innovative businesses that will increase employment opportunities in Canada. The Start-Up Visa assists entrepreneurs who are new to Canada in overcoming the challenges of successfully starting a business in a new country while also obtaining a temporary visa or permanent residency. This program also allows business owners to be more competitive on a global scale by operating a business within Canada’s growing economy supported by one of the most highly educated workforces in the...
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    Can You Buy a Business in Canada as a Non-Citizen or Foreigner?

    There are multiple options available for foreign business people interested in buying or starting a business in Canada. Under Canada’s federal and provincial laws governing corporations, a non-resident or foreign entrepreneur or investor may register a company in Canada from scratch, or by setting up a branch office or creating a subsidiary company in Canada. However, first, you will have to decide whether you wish to start a business in Canada by immigrating...
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    What are the Pros of the Self-Employed Program in Canada?

    Canada’s Self-Employed Program is designed to streamline the immigration process for certain motivated individuals who can make unique contributions to the Canadian economy and have relevant experience in farm management, athletics, or cultural activities. Applicants to this program must also possess the ability and intention to create a business after entering Canada that will at least create employment for themselves, while ideally creating additional jobs and benefits to...
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    How Can I Qualify to Immigrate to Canada as a Self-Employed Person?

    Canada’s Self-Employed Program is designed to attract foreign workers with experience in athletics, agricultural industries, or cultural activities who can contribute to the Canadian economy. Notably, this program is applicable to all Canadian provinces or territories except Quebec which operates its own Self-Employed...
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    How Does the Canada Provincial Nominee Program Work?

    The Provincial Nominee Program works in two stages. First, you will have to apply to the specific province for your provincial nomination under the program. You will need to create a detailed business plan which explains the type of business you intend to purchase or establish and includes financial projections demonstrating how your purchase or creation of this business will benefit the local economy and the overall labor market. You will also need to verify...
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    Which Provincial Nominee Program is Simplest in Canada and What is the Process?

    Immigrating to Canada using a PNP is generally not recommended as the best option by the Sobirovs team, given the average of two to four years to complete the application process, higher required investment amounts, increased competitiveness among applicants, and the bureaucratic nature of the process. While the PNP immigration route may not be optimal, some programs are simpler to apply for than others, depending upon the individual entrepreneur applying for the program, as well as his or her expertise, work experience, and...
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    What is LMIA in Canada?

    A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) may be required for an employer in Canada seeking to hire a foreign worker. However, there are some exemptions your company may be eligible for. An LMIA indicates whether there is a need for a temporary foreign worker and whether there are no Canadians or permanent residents available for the position. If both of these initial criteria are met, you may be granted a positive LMIA, or confirmation letter, which will allow you...
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    How Do I Get a Work Permit in Canada?

    Foreign workers seeking employment in Canada will need to obtain a work permit.  There are two types of work permits available in Canada: restricted work permits and open work permits. While there are some jobs that are exempt from work permits, most jobs will...
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    Can a Work Permit Holder Apply for a Permanent Residency in Canada?

    If you are a work permit holder in Canada, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residency via the Express Entry system. There are three Express Entry programs with varying requirements: the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program. These programs are for skilled workers seeking permanent residence in Canada. Skilled work is classified as managerial, professional, or skilled trade and technical...
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    What Are The Types of Work Permits in Canada?

    Canada offers two broad types of work permits for foreign workers: job-specific work permits and open work permits, both of which are intended to be temporary. All work permits have a set duration, and a foreign worker may only work four years, continuously or cumulatively, at which point they will have to remain outside of Canada for four years before being allowed to work in Canada again. However, obtaining a work permit may help you along the route to...
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    How to Move to Canada by Buying a Business

    Canada has a number of immigration pathways that are designed to attract wealthy business immigrants. One such pathway is the Owner-Operator program that allows foreign investors to invest in a business in Canada and move to Canada to become permanent residents. Below you will find important information about this pathway as well as answers to the most commonly asked questions....
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