Canada’s Start-Up Visa is a unique program that encourages the immigration of entrepreneurs to Canada. Immigrants who travelled to Canada on this Visa were recently recognized for their contributions to Canada.
The Start-Up Via program grants Canadian permanent residence to immigrant entrepreneurs while assisting them in becoming established in Canada. The program is aimed at immigrants from around the world who have great business ideas and the potential to create innovative companies that can compete on a global scale and create jobs.
For entrepreneurs considering Canada for business immigration, Canada is an excellent place to develop a business for several reasons, including its strong economy, low taxes and low business costs, excellence in research and innovation, and top quality of life!
In order to be eligible for a Start-Up Visa, there are three criteria a candidate must meet. First, they must prove your business idea is supported by a designated organization. This organization will assess your business ideas’ growth potential and viability, and if they choose to support your business idea, they will provide you with a Letter of Support. Second, as with most immigration programs, candidates must meet the language requirements. This means that they must prove your ability to speak, read, listen and write in both French and English. Finally, they must show that you have enough money to support yourself and your dependents after you arrive in Canada. This amount will vary depending on how many dependants you have.
After being approved for a Start-Up Visa and opening a business in Canada, these immigrants have the amazing opportunity to be recognized for their success. This award recognizes the entrepreneurial success of Canadian immigrants and is just one of the many ways the Canadian government seeks to recognize the contributions of Canadian immigrants. The winners of the 2014 Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards were recently congratulated, and at the ceremony, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson commended the winners stating that the winners “exemplify how important immigration is to Ottawa’s cultural vitality and economic prosperity. These […] business people serve as role models to inspire both newcomers and all residents to harness their entrepreneurial and community spirit to make a difference to our community.”
As exemplified by the Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards, Canada is a place where all immigrants can maintain their strong cultural heritage while also being recognized as an integral part of Canadian society. As a country that is proud of its multiculturalism, Canada encourages immigrants to not only retain but also display their unique cultures, as it is one of the fundamental characteristics of Canadian identity.
With this in mind, immigrants who are planning on coming to Canada and have a great business idea that will positively impact the Canadian economy, then the Start-Up Visa may be right for you, and Canada is waiting to recognize your accomplishments!
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