Receipt steps

Canadian Visa Startup

The first step in starting a visa startup process is to have a basic idea for a business. Your idea must be creative and scalable, not previously implemented in Canada, help entrepreneurship in Canada, and be competitive.

Paul Graham, programmer, venture capitalist and co-founder of Accelerator Y Combinator, believes that a good idea usually has three characteristics: what entrepreneurs themselves genuinely want, the idea that entrepreneurs themselves can build, and very few people know this idea is worth to do.

To create an effective idea, “think”  is not enough, you have to “concentrate”. You need to focus on the problems that exist. When you see a problem, you need to come up with a viable solution to solve it. In the next step, you have to ask” What is the targeted audience of this solution, and who does it solve the problem for? How big is this target community and how much do its members need this idea? These are just some of the points you can use to create a decent idea

 

In the next step, market research and other studies are needed to support the development of a complete Business Plan (BP). The next step is market research so that your initial idea can be turned into a complete Business Plan (BP). Other documents such as financial estimates, especially 5-year estimates, presentation files, etc. must also be prepared.

Other documentation is required to begin the Visa startup process. Such as 5-year financial estimates. Presentation file or Pitch, the initial concept of the product (preferably in the form of Mind Map) and…

 

At this stage ,you must produce an acceptable Minimum Viable Product (MVP) sample of the product with the least basic features. Note that your MVP can be a physical product or an online service (in the form of an application, web application, or other software).

The concept of MVP was coined in 2001 by a man named Eric Robinson, who described MVP as a product that has the minimum needed features to provide the customer and the basic features for growth and development.

At the same time, MVP does not mean making  a half-baked product, it needs to  takes into account the needs of the customer as well as market and competitor analysis, and you should not just try to add more features and capabilities to your product. Adding more features should be done completely based on the customer’s needs so , no need to spend a lot of time and money creating capabilities and features that the customer does not need!

Before any other steps,  you need to register a company in Canada. The composition of the company’s shareholders should be like this :  each of the key members of your startup must have at least 10% of the shares and voting rights of the board of directors. Also, the total shares of the members and the support organization should not be less than 50% of the total shares.

So far, you may be wondering if you can apply for registration and immigration to Canada on your own? The answer to this question is yes, but in this case , your chances of success are greatly reduced. In startup culture, teamwork is a privilege and a value, and if team members have different but related specialties, the chances of acceptance are higher.

In the next step, after completing the relevant forms, the project along with the required documents must be submitted to one of the sponsoring organizations (venture capitalists, angel investors or accelerators) approved by the Canadian Immigration Service.

Accelerators often accepting interesting ideas and providing startup teams with facilities such as office, equipment, consulting and training.

Angel investors, or “angels” for short, usually invest in the early stages of a startup’s growth, with a minimum investment of C $ 75,000. Venture capitalists, or VCs, also typically invest in more mature startups, with a minimum investment of $ 200,000.

After submitting the plan to the sponsoring organization, you should wait for the defense meeting to defend your plan against the experts of the above-mentioned organization.

Once you have convinced the sponsoring organization to support your business, the organization will issue a Letter of Support (LOS). At the same time, it issues another certificate called a Certificate of Commitment and sends it directly to the Immigration Office (IRCC).

Getting LOS is a big step in the startup visa process, which means that your idea is acceptable, scalable and entrepreneurial to Canadian investors. Therefore, from now on, the processes will be faster.

After receiving the LOS, the principal applicant must apply for a Work Permit. The Main applicant is a member of the startup team who is assigned at the beginning of the process to be responsible for presenting and defending the plan, following up on cases, and convening meetings with sponsorship and oversight organizations.

To apply for a visa, you must first complete the relevant forms and send the required documents, a receipt for legal fees and an LOS letter to the Immigration Office. The relevant department in the Immigration Office will evaluate the submitted documents after receiving them and then provide the final answer to your request.

By issuing a work visa, the main applicant will be able to travel to Canada and pursue the startup.

At this stage, which is the final stage, all startup members can apply to the Immigration Canada for permanent residence. If the application is approved, members will be issued a Canadian permanent resident visa. This visa includes a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR / PR) and an entry visa to Canada.

Certificate of permanent residence includes identity and photo of the person; Therefore, it must be verified to be completely consistent with the passport information of the applicant. If there is a problem with COPR, the visa office should be contacted immediately. When you arrive in Canada, in addition to your Canadian visa, you must have PR with you.

 Between submitting a request and issuing a PR, you should continue to work on developing your original product and creating meaningful development in it; This is because the sponsoring organization may have several sessions with you to review the progress of the project.

At the same time, the Migration Board may want to review your case more closely (Peer Revie process). In both cases, your PR request may be rejected if the project process is not approved..

Develop an idea

The first step in starting a visa startup process is to have a basic idea for a business. Your idea must be creative and scalable, not previously implemented in Canada, help entrepreneurship in Canada, and be competitive.

Paul Graham, programmer, venture capitalist and co-founder of Accelerator Y Combinator, believes that a good idea usually has three characteristics: what entrepreneurs themselves genuinely want, the idea that entrepreneurs themselves can build, and very few people know this idea is worth to do.

To create an effective idea, “think”  is not enough, you have to “concentrate”. You need to focus on the problems that exist. When you see a problem, you need to come up with a viable solution to solve it. In the next step, you have to ask” What is the targeted audience of this solution, and who does it solve the problem for? How big is this target community and how much do its members need this idea? These are just some of the points you can use to create a decent idea

 

Preparation of documents

In the next step, market research and other studies are needed to support the development of a complete Business Plan (BP). The next step is market research so that your initial idea can be turned into a complete Business Plan (BP). Other documents such as financial estimates, especially 5-year estimates, presentation files, etc. must also be prepared.

Other documentation is required to begin the Visa startup process. Such as 5-year financial estimates. Presentation file or Pitch, the initial concept of the product (preferably in the form of Mind Map) and…

 

Building MVP

At this stage ,you must produce an acceptable Minimum Viable Product (MVP) sample of the product with the least basic features. Note that your MVP can be a physical product or an online service (in the form of an application, web application, or other software).

The concept of MVP was coined in 2001 by a man named Eric Robinson, who described MVP as a product that has the minimum needed features to provide the customer and the basic features for growth and development.

At the same time, MVP does not mean making  a half-baked product, it needs to  takes into account the needs of the customer as well as market and competitor analysis, and you should not just try to add more features and capabilities to your product. Adding more features should be done completely based on the customer’s needs so , no need to spend a lot of time and money creating capabilities and features that the customer does not need!

Company registration

Before any other steps,  you need to register a company in Canada. The composition of the company’s shareholders should be like this :  each of the key members of your startup must have at least 10% of the shares and voting rights of the board of directors. Also, the total shares of the members and the support organization should not be less than 50% of the total shares.

So far, you may be wondering if you can apply for registration and immigration to Canada on your own? The answer to this question is yes, but in this case , your chances of success are greatly reduced. In startup culture, teamwork is a privilege and a value, and if team members have different but related specialties, the chances of acceptance are higher.

Provide a plan

In the next step, after completing the relevant forms, the project along with the required documents must be submitted to one of the sponsoring organizations (venture capitalists, angel investors or accelerators) approved by the Canadian Immigration Service.

Accelerators often accepting interesting ideas and providing startup teams with facilities such as office, equipment, consulting and training.

Angel investors, or “angels” for short, usually invest in the early stages of a startup’s growth, with a minimum investment of C $ 75,000. Venture capitalists, or VCs, also typically invest in more mature startups, with a minimum investment of $ 200,000.

After submitting the plan to the sponsoring organization, you should wait for the defense meeting to defend your plan against the experts of the above-mentioned organization.

Received LOS

Once you have convinced the sponsoring organization to support your business, the organization will issue a Letter of Support (LOS). At the same time, it issues another certificate called a Certificate of Commitment and sends it directly to the Immigration Office (IRCC).

Getting LOS is a big step in the startup visa process, which means that your idea is acceptable, scalable and entrepreneurial to Canadian investors. Therefore, from now on, the processes will be faster.

Visa Application

After receiving the LOS, the principal applicant must apply for a Work Permit. The Main applicant is a member of the startup team who is assigned at the beginning of the process to be responsible for presenting and defending the plan, following up on cases, and convening meetings with sponsorship and oversight organizations.

To apply for a visa, you must first complete the relevant forms and send the required documents, a receipt for legal fees and an LOS letter to the Immigration Office. The relevant department in the Immigration Office will evaluate the submitted documents after receiving them and then provide the final answer to your request.

By issuing a work visa, the main applicant will be able to travel to Canada and pursue the startup.

applying for PR

At this stage, which is the final stage, all startup members can apply to the Immigration Canada for permanent residence. If the application is approved, members will be issued a Canadian permanent resident visa. This visa includes a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR / PR) and an entry visa to Canada.

Certificate of permanent residence includes identity and photo of the person; Therefore, it must be verified to be completely consistent with the passport information of the applicant. If there is a problem with COPR, the visa office should be contacted immediately. When you arrive in Canada, in addition to your Canadian visa, you must have PR with you.

Plan development

 Between submitting a request and issuing a PR, you should continue to work on developing your original product and creating meaningful development in it; This is because the sponsoring organization may have several sessions with you to review the progress of the project.

At the same time, the Migration Board may want to review your case more closely (Peer Revie process). In both cases, your PR request may be rejected if the project process is not approved..

Our specialized teams are with you at all stages.

Receipt steps

Canadian Visa Startup

Develop an idea

The first step in starting a visa startup process is to have a basic idea for a business. Your idea must be creative and scalable, not previously implemented in Canada, help entrepreneurship in Canada, and be competitive.

Paul Graham, programmer, venture capitalist and co-founder of Accelerator Y Combinator, believes that a good idea usually has three characteristics: what entrepreneurs themselves genuinely want, the idea that entrepreneurs themselves can build, and very few people know this idea is worth to do.

To create an effective idea, “think”  is not enough, you have to “concentrate”. You need to focus on the problems that exist. When you see a problem, you need to come up with a viable solution to solve it. In the next step, you have to ask” What is the targeted audience of this solution, and who does it solve the problem for? How big is this target community and how much do its members need this idea? These are just some of the points you can use to create a decent idea

Preparation of documents

In the next step, market research and other studies are needed to support the development of a complete Business Plan (BP). The next step is market research so that your initial idea can be turned into a complete Business Plan (BP). Other documents such as financial estimates, especially 5-year estimates, presentation files, etc. must also be prepared.

Other documentation is required to begin the Visa startup process. Such as 5-year financial estimates. Presentation file or Pitch, the initial concept of the product (preferably in the form of Mind Map) and…

Building MVP

At this stage ,you must produce an acceptable Minimum Viable Product (MVP) sample of the product with the least basic features. Note that your MVP can be a physical product or an online service (in the form of an application, web application, or other software).

The concept of MVP was coined in 2001 by a man named Eric Robinson, who described MVP as a product that has the minimum needed features to provide the customer and the basic features for growth and development.

At the same time, MVP does not mean making  a half-baked product, it needs to  takes into account the needs of the customer as well as market and competitor analysis, and you should not just try to add more features and capabilities to your product. Adding more features should be done completely based on the customer’s needs so , no need to spend a lot of time and money creating capabilities and features that the customer does not need!

Company registration

Before any other steps,  you need to register a company in Canada. The composition of the company’s shareholders should be like this :  each of the key members of your startup must have at least 10% of the shares and voting rights of the board of directors. Also, the total shares of the members and the support organization should not be less than 50% of the total shares.

So far, you may be wondering if you can apply for registration and immigration to Canada on your own? The answer to this question is yes, but in this case , your chances of success are greatly reduced. In startup culture, teamwork is a privilege and a value, and if team members have different but related specialties, the chances of acceptance are higher.

Provide a plan

In the next step, after completing the relevant forms, the project along with the required documents must be submitted to one of the sponsoring organizations (venture capitalists, angel investors or accelerators) approved by the Canadian Immigration Service.

Accelerators often accepting interesting ideas and providing startup teams with facilities such as office, equipment, consulting and training.

Angel investors, or “angels” for short, usually invest in the early stages of a startup’s growth, with a minimum investment of C $ 75,000. Venture capitalists, or VCs, also typically invest in more mature startups, with a minimum investment of $ 200,000.

After submitting the plan to the sponsoring organization, you should wait for the defense meeting to defend your plan against the experts of the above-mentioned organization.

Received LOS

Once you have convinced the sponsoring organization to support your business, the organization will issue a Letter of Support (LOS). At the same time, it issues another certificate called a Certificate of Commitment and sends it directly to the Immigration Office (IRCC).

Getting LOS is a big step in the startup visa process, which means that your idea is acceptable, scalable and entrepreneurial to Canadian investors. Therefore, from now on, the processes will be faster.

Visa Application

After receiving the LOS, the principal applicant must apply for a Work Permit. The Main applicant is a member of the startup team who is assigned at the beginning of the process to be responsible for presenting and defending the plan, following up on cases, and convening meetings with sponsorship and oversight organizations.

To apply for a visa, you must first complete the relevant forms and send the required documents, a receipt for legal fees and an LOS letter to the Immigration Office. The relevant department in the Immigration Office will evaluate the submitted documents after receiving them and then provide the final answer to your request.

By issuing a work visa, the main applicant will be able to travel to Canada and pursue the startup.

applying for PR

At this stage, which is the final stage, all startup members can apply to the Immigration Canada for permanent residence. If the application is approved, members will be issued a Canadian permanent resident visa. This visa includes a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR / PR) and an entry visa to Canada.

Certificate of permanent residence includes identity and photo of the person; Therefore, it must be verified to be completely consistent with the passport information of the applicant. If there is a problem with COPR, the visa office should be contacted immediately. When you arrive in Canada, in addition to your Canadian visa, you must have PR with you.

Plan development

 Between submitting a request and issuing a PR, you should continue to work on developing your original product and creating meaningful development in it; This is because the sponsoring organization may have several sessions with you to review the progress of the project.

At the same time, the Migration Board may want to review your case more closely (Peer Revie process). In both cases, your PR request may be rejected if the project process is not approved..

Our specialized teams are with you at all stages.

Global Gates

Special Services

If you are worried about ideas, documentation, prototype making, etc., you can use the services of mentorship (startup coaching). If you sign a contract with Global Gates, these services will be provided to you free of charge.

Ideas

Analyze the initial idea and turn it into a business idea, which can be submitted to the Visa startup program.

Team

Advice will be given on team gathering, organizational chart and distribution of responsibilities

Market analysis

Analyze US and Canadian markets and develop marketing strategies and financial estimates

Preparation of documentation

Providing advice on proposal preparation, business plan, business documentation and ...

Prototype production

Consulting on production and development of prototype design (MVP)

Education

Training on how to present and defend a plan in multiple joint commissions

Support

Support the team in multiple defense meetings and joint commissions

Legal Consultancy

Legal advice in concluding contracts and memoranda of understanding with relevant organizations

Establishment

Advice on traveling, setting up and starting a business in Canada
Why

Global Gates Law Firm?

Global Gates Law Firm is one of the first institute which works on the growth , development and establishment of creative startups in Canada . Clients have access to a comprehensive package of services thanks to the inclusion of consultants, technical specialists, startup trainers, market specialists, etc.

Furthermore, the complex has a influential network of more than 25 accelerators, investment funds, and angel investors who can help startups gain acceptance.

Global Gates accompanies its clients from the beginning, ie, developing ideas, team building, market research, document preparation, prototype building, project defense, and so on. Also, after receiving PR, in matters such as traveling and settling in Canada and preparing business arrangements, the consultants of this group will still be with you.

It should be noted that, if your case is accepted, Global Gates Law Firm will guarantee the success of your immigration process, and if you do not receive LOS for any reason related to the idea or business plan, all expenses and fees will be refunded .

Global Gates management team

The Global Gates Institute has a variety of departments, such as legal, business development, and investment. The senior managers of these departments are as follows:

Eiman Sadegh

Managing Director and Immigration Lawyer

Maryam Farzaneh

Business Development Manager
As the CEO of Global Gates Law Firm, Iman Sadegh has over 15 years of experience in the field of immigration and he holds a law degree.

Find your question here

Frequently Asked Questions

Throughout this section, we have attempted to provide comprehensive answers to the questions related to the Canadian Visa Startup Program. If you need more information, you can contact our experts through the booking consultation.

What is Startup visa program?

Canada startup visa or SUV, is a program run by Canada government to attract entrepreneurs and startups. Entrepreneurs can start their own  businesses in Canada by this program and also  get their Canadian permanent residency.

What are the advantages of Startup visa program?

  • Receiving permanent residency and work permit for entrepreneurs and their family dependents
  • Getting Canada citizenship
  • No need for investments and providing financial resources
  • No age limitation
  • Quick process

Can I get Canadian citizenship by startup visa program?

Yes. If you stay for at least 3 years in Canada in the first 5 years you can apply for Canadian citizenship.

Do I need investment for getting startup visa?

No. It is not necessary to do investments for getting startup visa and immigrating to Canada.

Do I need to establish a company to enter startup visa program?

Yes, before you submit your requests to designated organizations, you have to establish a company in Canada. The type of the company does not matter.

What educational degree should I have to apply for startup visa?

It is not mentioned in the requirements of immigration office of Canada to have an educational or related degree to the idea, but it is worth mentioning that it is better to have a related educational background to the idea you are applying for.

What must be the level of English proficiency in this program?

For English you need to have IELTS or CELPIP with score of  at least 5 and for French to have TCF or TEF with score of at least 5.

How long I have time to submit my language proficiency documents?

Language proficiency documents of all members must be submitted after getting LOS (letter of Support) and before submitting permanent residency request, but occasionally it is possible that the designated organizations ask for language proficiency documents before giving the LOS to avoid possible problems in the future.

Do I have to show any money, property or other possession?

No, you just have to show that you have ability to pay the least amount of living expenses in Canada for 1 year(financial ability).

Do I have to announce the origin of investment or financial ability to run the business?

No, you do not need to announce that.

If I get the startup visa, can I come with my family to Canada?

Yes, if you get your startup visa, simultanously your partner and children younger than 22 years old get the visa.

Do I need to participate in interviews for startup visa plan?

It is possible to participate in interviews to defend your idea and business during the startup visa process.

Is it mandatory to do medical exam for getting startup visa?

Yes, providing medical exam results from designated medical centers is mandatory for startup visa group members and their families.

Do I need a fingerprint?

Yes, if you or your family members are between 14 and 79 years old, you will need digital fingerprinting and photography. You must pay the biometric fee at the time of application. After applying, a biometric letter will be received, giving you 30 days to complete the fingerprinting process. The biometric operation must be performed at one of the Canadian embassies, and If an officer needs to interview you, you may be interviewed.

Do I need a criminal record?

Yes, to enter Canada, an applicant and their children over the age of 18 must provide a criminal record. So does the wife need to provide one, too? You must also obtain a criminal record from any country where you have lived for 6 consecutive months after the age of 18. People with a negative criminal record may not be allowed to enter Canada.

Is the startup plan limited to special states or provinces of Canada?

No, startup vista plan is part of a federal plan and is not limited to special province or state.

Do I need to travel to Canada during the process of assessment?

No. During the assessment period you do not need to travel to Canada but after getting the approval and LOS it might be necessary to travel to Canada to avoid any possible background and credit check.

Is it possible to enter Canada before the completeness of the process of startup visa?

Yes, after getting LOS, a work permit will be issued for the main applicant and with that the applicant can enter the Canada and manage the startup. Other team members can travel to Canada after getting the PR.

Do I need to live in specific province after the process?

The main applicant after entering the Canada with work permit, for one year and getting the PR have to stay in the same province as the designated organization is located, and after getting the PR , all applicants can live or stay in any part of Canada with no limitation.

When can I apply for permanent residence?

Immediately after receiving a startup visa, you can apply for PR. It usually takes 12 to 18 months to process an application and submit the final result; In the meantime, you can apply for a work permit and start working

How much money I need to cover the expenses in Canada during my stay?

This amount depends on the number of the family members. The most important thing is that you are not allowed to use from financial ability amount for your living expenses.

What do you mean by business plan?

A business plan is a formal written document containing the goals of a business, the methods for attaining those goals, and the time-frame for the achievement of the goals

What is meant by a designated organization?

Designated organizations are business groups that are approved to invest in or support possible start-ups through the Start-up Visa Program.  There are three main players in startup ecosystem.

The first ones are venture capitals or VCs. VCs normally are formed by number of investors who come together to invest on potential successful programs. They mostly invest on mature programs or the ones with historical growing statistics.

The second ones are angel investors. They mostly work individually and are interested to invest on seed or early stage startups.

The third group are accelerators or incubators. They mostly support startups with potential successful business proposals which could be commercialized and provide some supports like office space, facilities, and mentorship for startups.

What is LOS?

If you have an innovative and able to be commercialized idea, you can get Letter Of Support (LOS) from one of the designated organizations. The process of getting LOS depends on the type of the organization. It is worth mentioning that this letter is essential and required document to be delivered to immigration office for starting the immigration process.

What do you mean by commitment letter inn startup visa plan?

After issuing the LOS, the designated organization will issue a letter of IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) called commitment letter. IRCC needs both LOS and commitment letter simultaneously.

What is work permit?

Canada Work Permit, or a Work Visa, is issued to eligible overseas individuals to work in that country for a specific time period

What happens for the others if the main applicant get refused?

If the main applicant get refused, the other applicants also get refused and they should find a new investor or incubator.

What are the the process of getting startupvisa?

  • Finding a good idea
  • Market research, finalizing the business plan, and making a financial projection
  • Preparing a MVP (minimum viable product)
  • Registering the company
  • Requesting and getting the LOS from designated organizations
  • Sending request to IRCC (immigration, Refugee, Citizenship Canada)
  • Work permit request for main applicant
  • Sending PR request for other members

How much does it cost to get a startup visa?

How long it takes to get a startup visa?

  • Level1: preparing documents and requesting LOS from designated organizations (1 to 3 months)
  • Level 2: getting LOS (3 to 6 months)
  • Level 3: Getting a PR (6 to 12 months)

Is it necessary to have a lawyer for getting startup visa?

No. It is not necessary to have a lawyer to get a startup visa approval.

So, what a lawyer can do for me?

  • Providing consultancy for market research of Canada and defining market strategies
  • Analyzing the idea and consulting for preparation of business plan and converting it to an acceptable plan for startup visa program
  • Providing consultancy for preparing 3 to 5 years financial projection
  • Helping in startup team building
  • Connecting teams directly to designated organizations (some just work with these organizations’ lawyers)
  • Helping teams to select the most appropriate designated organization for the startup

Is it possible to apply with any business plan for the startup visa?

No. The business idea must be innovative and lead to entrepreneurship and new job opportunities in Canada, have competitive advantages to compete with other competitors, and also have high potential growth opportunity.

What areas of industry are more interesting for running a startup visa program?

Artificial intelligence, health, energy, education and learning, and construction are some of the most interesting areas.

Is it necessary to execute my idea?

No. But executing and starting the plan will be really helpful to get the LOS.

If the plan does not get executed or get failed, does it cancel the PR process?

No. if you get the PR, you will not use your PR because of any failure in you startup.

IS it possible to after getting the visa, do not start the startup and idea and work in another company?

Before receiving the PR this is not possible, because your visa is issued for an entrepreneur and you don’t have to work for anyone else. However, it is possible for you to work as a  freelancer and earn money.

Can I immigrate with a team of entrepreneurs to Canada?

Yes. Legally it is possible for 5 members of a team to immigrate to Canada as a startup team members and apply for the same startup idea and plan. It is worth mentioning that, if the idea is not that much strong to need 5 people, it is better to apply with 3 members to minimize the risk of refusal by the immigration officer.

Can I apply lonely for the startup visa?

Yes, but in this case your chance of acceptance for the LOS will be significantly reduced. In startup culture, team work has a great advantage and is valuable. If the team consists of several people with different expertise it will increase the succession rate chance.

Can I raise investment and fund in Startup visa?

Yes. If your idea be attractive for an angel investor it must get at least CAD 70 thousands and if the idea will be interesting for a VC you should raise at least CAD 200 thousands.

What are differences between designated organizations of venture capitals, angel investors, and incubators?

All the three organizations are the key players of startup ecosystem. VCs are formed by a group of professional investors who bring money from outside resources, but angel investors are individuals who use their own investments, experience and money, and moreover the incubators provide some preliminary services, like office space, tools, mentorship and camps to support the startups.

What are the difference of VCs and angel investors and why their investment are different?

Angel investors normally invest in earlier stages of startups before the significant tractions inn the startups, while VCs are mostly likely to invest in higher stages of startup with more matuarity in business and good tractions. The investment amount in those stages are different so normally VCs put more money as investments in startups.

If an application is rejected by an incubator, can I apply for another incubator?

Yes!

Assessment of startup visa is whose responsibility?

Your business plan will be assessed by the designated organization(Venture Capital, Angel Investor, Incubator)

Your immigration request will be assessed and processed by immigration office of Canada (IRCC).

In what scenarios my startup visa request might be rejected or delayed?

  • One or several members of startups have less tan 10% of the shares of the startup or do not have the least legal control power in managing the business.
  • Most of the candidates are having family relations to each other.
  • Members do not have enough experience or related educations.
  • There is no intellectual property in the idea and product.
  • Business plan seems too simple, general and repetitive.
  • If applicants cannot defend their idea appropriately.
  • Role members of candidates are not clear or are suspicious in the team.
  • During the time of residency in Canada with work permit or before getting the PR, there is no progress and growth in the startup and business.

What is the Peer Reviews process?

In startup visa process, the officer might ask for more inspection or Peer-review and send the documents (commitment letter, time paper, related forms, and personal information of applicant…) to the union. They will announce this to the applicants.

Although, the officer will consider the assessment results by the union but the final decision will be officer’s own responsibility and authority.

If the officer do not get convinced with the documents and overall assessment, will send the reasons of refusal officially and deliver it to applicants. If the officer feels that there are vague points in the case, an interview can be held and more questions will be asked. In this case, applicants have 30 days to answer the questions.