Boost In Number Of New Permanent Residents Through Canada Start-Up Visa

Boost In Number Of New Permanent Residents Through Canada Start-Up Visa
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The latest data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) shows the number of new permanent residents to Canada under the Start-Up Visa (SUV) immigration program more than doubled in May from April.

In May, 75 foreign nationals became new permanent residents to Canada under the entrepreneurship program, up 114.3 per cent, or 40 additional new permanent residents, from the 35 during the month of April.

In the first five months of this year, the SUV welcomed 250 new permanent residents, or 4.2 per cent more than the 240 during the comparable period last year.

At the current rate of new arrivals through the SUV, the program could welcome 600 new permanent residents by the end of this year if the current levels continue throughout 2023.

That level would be slightly more, 4.3 per cent more, than the 575 new permanent residents who made Canada their home with the aid of the SUV last year.

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As overall immigration to Canada dipped by 34.6 per cent in April compared to the previous month, so too did the number of new permanent residents arriving through the SUV fall that month. In April, the SUV welcomed 30 per cent fewer new permanent residents to Canada, only 35, compared to the 50 in March.

But then immigration to Canada roared back to life in May, spiking back up 55.1 per cent to 45,825 new permanent residents, far above the 29,545 new permanent residents to the country in April. And the SUV’s figures followed in tandem.

Ontario And British Columbia Are SUV Hot Spots

The most popular destinations for immigrant entrepreneurs arriving under the SUV so far this year have been British Columbia and Ontario.

The West Coast province of British Columbia had welcomed 105 new permanent residents through the SUV by the end of May while Ontario had received 110 new permanent residents through the program.

Alberta added 15 new permanent residents through the program during the comparable period this year. Manitoba welcomed 30 immigrant entrepreneurs through the SUV in the first five months this year. Nova Scotia added 10.

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None of the other provinces or territories added any new permanent residents through the SUV in the first five months of this year.

The SUV program generates much lower overall numbers of new permanent residents than federal worker programs, such as the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) and Federal Skilled Trade (FST), the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) or the regional economic development programs including the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) or Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP).

Due to these smaller numbers, the monthly fluctuations in the number of new permanent residents under the SUV can sometimes seem exaggerated when examined in percentage terms.

Work Permits Allow SUV Candidates To Come To Canada While Application Being Processed

Candidates applying under the SUV program can initially come to Canada on a work permit supported by their designated Canadian investor before their application for permanent residence is finalized.

The entire process of applying for permanent residence to Canada through the SUV is currently estimated by the IRCC to take 33 months.

Under the SUV, three types of private-sector investors are considered: angel investorsventure capital funds, and business incubators.

A designated venture capital fund must confirm that it is investing at least $200,000 into the qualifying business. Candidates can also qualify with two or more commitments from designated venture capital funds totalling $200,000.

A designated angel investor group must invest at least $75,000 into the qualifying business. Candidates can also qualify with two or more investments from angel investor groups totalling $75,000.

A designated business incubator must accept the applicant into its business incubator program. It is up to the immigrant investor to develop a viable business plan that will meet the due diligence requirements of these government-approved designated entities.

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That investing and the development of the business is usually done with the help of business consultants in Canada’s start-up ecosystem with oversight from experienced corporate business immigration lawyers who can ensure a start-up’s business concept meets all industry-required terms and conditions.

The basic government-imposed candidate eligibility requirements for the SUV are:

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Colin Singer
Colin Singer is an international acclaimed Canadian immigration lawyer and founder of featured on Wikipedia. Colin Singer is also founding director of the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Resource Center (CCIRC) Inc. He served as an Associate Editor of ‘Immigration Law Reporter’, the pre-eminent immigration law publication in Canada. He previously served as an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec and National Immigration Law Sections and is currently a member of the Canadian Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Colin has twice appeared as an expert witness before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He is frequently recognized as a recommended authority at national conferences sponsored by government and non-government organizations on matters affecting Canada’s immigration and human resource industries. Since 2009, Colin has been a Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of the profession, and became a lifetime member in 2018.