Now that all COVID-19 measures have been lifted, holidays and business trips to Canada are possible again. Do you want to set up your business in Canada? Then the start-up visa (SUV) might be an option.
Canadaʼs Start-up Visa (SUV) programme started in 2013 as a five-year pilot project. Now, almost a decade later, Canada has gained 600 new permanent residents thanks to this visa. Check the requirements of this visa to find out if this could also be an option for you. If you want to go to Canada for a business trip lasting less than 6 months, you can also apply for an eTA Canada.
Start-up visa requirements
There are some basic requirements to qualify for the start-up visa. For example, you must:
- have a business that is eligible;
- hold a written statement of support from an authorised organisation;
- have enough money to be able to settle in Canada and make a living;
- meet language requirements (meet the minimum level of 5 of the Canadian Language Benchmark in English or French).
So there are quite a few requirementes you need to meet to be eligible for the start-up visa. If you are travelling to Canada for a holiday, for example, you can also apply for an eTA Canada. This travel authorisation is also suitable for making a business trip. To apply for an eTA, you also have to meet a number of requirements; however, these are less strict than those of the SUV.
What is the minimum investment required to submit an application?
If you want to apply for the Canadian start-up visa, you must have investors. In case the investment comes from one of Canadaʼs designated venture capital funds, you must secure an investment of at least $200,000. Even if you receive investments from multiple venture capital funds, the investment must be at least $200,000 in total. The investment may also come from an informal venture capitalist. In that case, you need to secure a minimum investment of $75,000. You do not need an investment from a business incubator. However, you must be admitted to a programme of a Canadian business incubator.
How do I receive support from one of the authorised organisations?
If you want to apply for a start-up visa, your venture or business plan must have the support of one of the designated organisations. To find out how to receive that support, you need to contact the organisation in question. You must be able to convince this organisation that your venture or business plan is worth supporting.
What happens if my venture fails?
If things go wrong with a business run by of someone using the start-up visa, their status as a permanent resident will not be affected.
Are you not interested in starting a business in Canada? For a holiday, business trip, transfer or visit to friends and/or family, you can apply for an eTA for Canada.
Are you an entrepreneur going to Canada for a business trip only, and will you be staying for a maximum of six months? Even then, you can apply for an eTA. Applying for this electronic travel authorisation is easier, faster and cheaper than applying for a visa for Canada. If you meet the requirements, you can easily apply for the eTA by filling in the online application form.