Start Up Visa
The Start-up Visa Program is ideal for entrepreneurs with an existing business that is ready for investors. In order to be eligible to apply to the Start-up Visa Program, applicants must have already created their business and secured commitment from a designated Canadian business investment organization or incubator.
What kind of businesses qualify?
There are no restrictions on what kind of business can qualify but in general they must be innovative and have the potential for substantial growth and job creation. Examples of industries that may attract the interest of investment organizations or incubators are advanced manufacturing, engineering, internet, big data, artificial intelligence, robotics. biotech, cryptocurrency and environmental technology.
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Each province operates several PNP streams. These streams are designed by the provinces to help meet their unique immigration goals, so the eligibility criteria and application procedures vary. PNPs are a popular option because they can be the fastest pathway to Canadian Permanent Residence. Program requirements and application procedures vary greatly between provinces, so interested applicants should consult each of the provinces in order to determine their eligibility. Some sort of connection or tie to the province is generally required such as having a job offer from an employer in that province or study or work history in that province.