Work Permit for Start-up Visa

This is an optional work permit under the International Mobility Program, before an applicant submit their Start-Up Visa (SUV) application for permanent residence.

About the Application

You can apply for a work permit under the International Mobility Program before submitting an application for permanent residence under the Start-Up Visa (SUV) Program. Only foreign nationals who have received a Commitment Certificate and Letter of Support issued by a designated entity may be considered for a work permit. The designated entity must support the request for a work permit. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can apply for a work permit. You do not need to apply for permanent residence first. Note: Your Commitment Certificate is valid for six months from the day it is issued. You must submit your application for permanent residence before it expires, whether you apply for a work permit or not.


To be eligible for a work permit, you must: - plan to live in a province or territory other than Quebec - pay the employer compliance fee - have received a Commitment Certificate and a Letter of Support from a designated entity indicating that you are “essential” and there are urgent business reasons for your early entry to Canada (i.e. section 8.0 of the Commitment Certificate is completed) and - have sufficient funds to meet the low income cut off for your family for 52 weeks Before submitting an application for a work permit, you must submit your ‘self-employed’ offer of employment, as well as pay the $230 employer compliance fee, via the online Employer Portal. In most cases, you have to submit your application from outside Canada. However, you may be eligible to apply from inside Canada. Make sure you meet the eligibility requirements depending on where you plan to apply for your work permit.

Family's Visas

Your spouse and children can apply for visas at the same time as you do, to come to Canada. Your spouse can apply for a Spouse Open Work Permit that'd allow them to work in Canada and your children can apply for a Study Permit or Visitor Visa that'd allow them to study in Canada.

+ Government Fees
  • Quick and easy online application
  • Lower cost than traditional lawyers
  • Peace of mind of expert review
  • $1 million in application insurance
  • Secure document storage

How It Works

  • 1
    Create An Account

    Create an account and either check your eligibility, or pick an application to start. We start by asking questions specific to the visa to ensure your eligibility. This can be quick and simple, such as for visitor visas, or may require entering multiple questionnaires. If you have any questions, there are no fees to contact our immigration experts by email, WeChat, WhatsApp or by booking a call.

  • 2
    Confirmation Before Payment

    Our immigration consultants will check your answers and double-check your profile to confirm you meet the minimum requirements of a program. Only if you are eligible will we move you to the payment stage. At this time you must pay the SuperVisas fee. We are transparent in our process and pricing, and clearly list all the fees and processing times for your visa. We use Stripe for credit or debit card payment processing, which is secure and encrypted. Government fees are paid later when the completed application is submitted and once we can correctly calculate the various government fees due. It can be complicated, but we guide you through the process.

  • 3
    Complete Your Application Online

    Now, you can finish your application. There will be some "tasks", or many, for you to complete depending on your visa, such as entering your education achievements, employment history and/or dependent information. This can take time and will require answering more questionnaires and uploading of documents. Our system ensures everything necessary is gathered depending on your specific situation - preventing errors and omissions - while at the same time saving you money. Our immigration experts prepare your application so that your case is best presented to the visa officers. After a final review by you, and by our experts, your application will be submitted! You will have peace of mind that only comes with a complete and accurate application.

  • 4
    Approval and Renewals

    We will notify you when your visa is approved! We securely store your immigration documents for 7 years and will provide you alerts well before any expiry dates. Renewing visas or taking the next step down the immigration pathway toward citizenship is easy when all your immigration history is in one place. We also understand that moving to a new country can be difficult and hard to navigate. If needed, we will provide guides and referrals to our affiliate partners to help.

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Experienced Experts
Our U.S. and Canadian immigration experts have on average 8+ years of experience in the industry. We are regulated by the CICC in Canada.
Step-by-Step Guidance
Our easy-to-use platform guides you on what questions must be answered and which documents must be uploaded.
Timely Response
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Required Documents

You’ll need the following documents if you decide to apply to this visa.

  • Digital Photo of Visa Applicant
  • Job Offer
  • Passport Biographic Page
  • Proof of Education
  • Proof of Employment - Outside of Canada
  • Proof of fund-SUV-WP
  • Proof of Medical Exam
  • Resume