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
  • Preparation of submission package
  • Expert review and representation
  • $1 million in insurance
  • Secure encrypted document storage

How It Works

  • 1
    Create An Account

    Do an eligibility check, or pick a visa, or just sign up directly to create an account. Then you can see all the documents needed, questions you must answer, and fee payments for our services and to the government. If you have any questions, it is easy to contact our sales team or to schedule a call.

  • 2
    Eligibility Confirmation Before Payment

    First you will answer a few questions to ensure you are eligible for the visa. Only if you are eligible will the payment unlock. Making payment assigns an immigration lawyer or regulated consultant to your application. We are transparent in our process and pricing, and clearly list all the fees and processing times for your visa. Read our Transparency Pledge. We use Stripe for credit or debit card payment processing, which is secure and encrypted.

  • 3
    Complete Your Application Online

    You can complete as many of the application tasks you wish before payment. Take your time. Some visas require a lot of information, which requires answering questionnaires and uploading of documents. Our system ensures everything necessary is gathered depending on your situation - preventing errors and omissions - and saving you time.

  • 4
    Visa Preparation and Submission

    Once all the tasks are completed, our experts will review your answers and start preparing your application so that the best case is best presented. Government fees are also due once the application is completed and we can correctly calculate the government fees due. 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 an accurate application.

  • 5
    Approval and Renewals

    We notify you when your visa is approved! If there are any questions or rejections from the government, we will answer them and resubmit without any further fees from us. We securely store your immigration documents for 7 years and provide alerts well before any expiry dates. Renewing or taking the next step toward citizenship is easy when all your immigration history is in one place.

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Required Documents

Some documents you will need to provide, and some documents we may prepare for you.

  • Company Proof of Fund
  • Digital Photo of Visa Applicant
  • Job Offer
  • Passport Biographic Page
  • Proof of Business Operation
  • Proof of Education
  • Proof of Employment - Outside of Canada
  • Proof of fund-SUV-WP
  • Proof of Personnel Necessity
  • Resume