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7 jun 2023
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Important Changes to Canadian Start-Up Visa Work Permit

IRCC updates policy on work permits for Start-up Visa applicants in Canada, requiring additional documentation.

Important Changes to Canadian Start-Up Visa Work Permit

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently made significant changes to its policy regarding work permits for Start-up Visa (SUV) applicants. Applicants will need to provide additional documents if they are to apply for work permits. However, these changes align with IRCC's previous description of the Start-up Visa program and show that the government is paying more attention to processing work permit applications. This blog post will summarize the key changes and discuss how they affect Start-up Visa applicants at different stages.

Applicants were evaluated based on the following criteria before May 18, 2023:

  • A designated entity must have issued a commitment certificate stating that the work permit application is "essential" and that there are urgent business reasons for their early entry to Canada.
  • A letter of support connected to a commitment certificate should have been provided by a designated entity.
  • The applicant must have intended to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec.
  • The applicant must have possessed sufficient funds to meet the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) for their family size for a period of 52 weeks.
  • The foreign national, exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), must have completed an offer of employment and indicated their self-employment status. The completed form and employer compliance fee should have been submitted to IRCC.

To meet the requirements for a SUV Work Permit now, the applicant must meet the requirements above and:

  • Applicants and any other team members who are also applying for the Start-up Visa must have already submitted their permanent residence application(s).
  • Applicants must prove that they are essential to the business expansion in Canada by providing various documentations.
  • Apply online and not at any port of entry.
  • Company funds will no longer be acceptable as proof of settlement funds. Applicants must provide personal documents.
  • SUV work permit renewal will require proof of Canadian business operation.

The recent changes in IRCC policy for Start-up Visa applicants aim to streamline the process and attract foreign nationals who can bring significant economic or social benefits to Canada. These changes will apply to not only new Start-up Visa work permit applications but also applications submitted and pending a decision.

Apply for your Start-Up Visa Work Permit here

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