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The All-In-One Solution for Canadian Start-Up Visa Update Requests

You Applied. Now What?

Now that you have already submitted all the needed requirements and paid all the fees, all you have to do is wait for your application to be processed. Typically, the processing time for a start-up visa will take 12 to 16 months to process.

In the early stages of the pandemic, Canada only invited individuals from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Then, in the second part of 2020, Canada began taking all candidates into consideration, including those from the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP).

Nevertheless, since the beginning of 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has refocused on transferring those currently in Canada to permanent residence, with a particular concentration on CEC and PNP candidates, who are less likely to be harmed by COVID-19's multiple disruptions.

Travel restrictions have not changed. Hence, you can only enter Canada right now if you qualify for an exception.

To prevent the coronavirus from spreading further in Canada, new restrictions have been implemented in all border checks. But before that, there may be a set of questions that each individual may need to fill out first before they may be granted entry to Canada. This includes identifying whether you are a Canadian citizen (as well as dual citizens), a permanent resident of Canada, an Indian Act registeree, a protected person (expatriate), or an international visitor (e.g. a U.S. citizen).

After identifying yourself in the list of travellers that can enter Canada, you may undergo testing and quarantine requirements as well as proof of vaccination and provincial and territorial restrictions. However, all of these may be subject to change from time to time depending on the COVID-19 situation in the country.

Based on public health initiatives taken by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Canada has taken steps to control the spread of COVID-19 in the country (PHAC). While continuing to encourage the movement of vital employees and supplies over the border, the Canadian government has implemented and enhanced health and safety measures to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

All visitors entering Canada must adhere to the emergency instructions issued under the Quarantine Act. These rules are revised on a regular basis, usually monthly. For further information, you can visit COVID-19: Travel, testing and borders -

One of the programs, the IMPACT Start-up Visa (ISV) Accelerator Program, which assists entrepreneurs in moving their firms and settling into a new life in Canada, has experienced substantial changes.

Migrating to Canada is a major undertaking. It entails a significant financial investment, perhaps family migration and a switch to a new nation and a new experience. Despite the fact that the purpose has always been to provide training programs to participants, guidance, resources, and relationships they need to advance their growth and influence in Canada, it is important to realize that knowledge is a two-way street.

What they are doing to ensure safety throughout the COVID-19 pandemic is as follows:

  • To be informed about the newest immigration changes and early warnings, regular monitoring and interaction with the government contacts is done at the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

  • They are providing the IMPACT Start-up Visa Program virtually due to travel restrictions and suggested safety precautions. To facilitate remote communication and collaboration, they have only selected the best in digital communication technologies.

  • They hope to give a physical experience to assist people to connect with the community and settling in once travel becomes more accessible, limitations on events are lifted, and we can ensure the safety of everyone involved.


Due to the pandemic surge, Canada’s borders decided to impose new requirements and unwritten rules before you can enter the country. Since the COVID-19 condition has not been stable, Canada has been changing its entry rules from time to time.

Previously, Canada has set that individuals who are fully vaccinated are the ones that can only enter Canada. However, persons who are not or only partially vaccinated against COVID-19 now have some travel restrictions lifted. Thus, even if they are not vaccinated, the following people may be able to cross the border into Canada:

  • Canadian citizens

  • Permanent occupants

  • Individuals below 18 years old who are visiting or studying in Canada

  • People passing through Canada on their way to another country;

  • Those who have a valid Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR);

  • Ukrainians;

  • Foreign immigrants under special circumstances, such as severe disability, fatal illness, major injury, or death;

  • Commercial fishermen crews;

  • Certified diplomats or members of their respective families

  • Citizens of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, France

Certain categories of visitors who were previously exempt from entry requirements will only be permitted to Canada if they are completely vaccinated as of January 15, 2022. These groups include:

  • Unvaccinated children 18 years or younger are still excluded if they are travelling to join an immediate or extended family member who is fully vaccinated or a Canadian citizen, legal resident, or anybody registered under the Indian Act;

  • International students that are 18 years old or older;

  • Athletes, both professional and amateur;

  • Temporary foreign employees (except those in the department of agriculture sectors) with valid working visas; and

  • Truck drivers and essential service providers

Immigration officers regularly analyze the information start-up visa applicants have supplied in their immigration records to assess if the applicants have the appropriate expertise and/or experiences to develop their intended endeavours, in addition to obtaining help from an IRCC-recognized agency.

For instance, if an applicant plans to use the SUV program to develop a high-tech computing system but the evidence released reveals that the applicant has no prior experience working with computer systems or high-tech products, the immigration officer may ask whether the applicant has the necessary skills to lead the proposed venture and, as a result, challenge the applicant's permanent residence application.


Since the Start-Up Visa program is primarily focused on the applicant's intention of using their innovative start-ups to help advance Canada's economy and technological frontier, it's crucial to highlight that IRCC may reject a Start-Up Visa application if they discover that the applicant is not engaged in the business he's proposing to develop.

This might occur if the IRCC discovers that an SUV applicant has spent considerable time working on the enterprise inside Canada or has not been actively involved in the progress and development of his firm as claimed.

In fact, the Federal Court of Canada has ruled on at least two occasions that an SUV applicant who spends less than 14 days of working on a venture from within Canada during the application process is not completely dedicated to establishing his business effectively. In reality, unless a good excuse can be offered (e.g., the COVID-19 pandemic or the necessity to care for a sick family member in one's homeland), Start-Up Visa applicants are normally required to work on their businesses in Canada while their legal residency petitions are being reviewed.

As a result, if an applicant desires to increase his chances of success in the Start-Up Visa application, it is recommended that the applicant demonstrate that he is a motivated venture capitalist who plans to run his new firm in Canada by doing what is required. Some examples of how to demonstrate such dedication include, but are not limited to:

  • seeking for a work permit in Canada to create a start-up firm

  • actively making travels and connections in order to boost the company's performance

  • utilizing the skills that the company needs to assist in the development of any suggested products

  • conducting market research to learn about the demands of the company's potential clients, and

  • doing the work required to create a distinct brand identity for the company

Significantly, start-up visa applicants are frequently expected to present a Start-up Concept Update report and documentation evidence of their business development in order to maintain a favourable verdict on their start-up visa applications. This may also include Start-up Prototyping and Minimum Viable Product (MVP) report, Start-up Market Traction Report, and Start-up Marketing Update Report. Furthermore, it is advised that start-up visa candidates keep their business operations and company data as orderly as possible during their start-up journey.

Listed below are some of the records that you should consider keeping:

  • Company records including the business plan, incorporation documentation, and documentation relating to the company’s bank account

  • Tax paperwork

  • Lease agreements for offices

  • Contracts for business

  • Contracts of employment

  • Invoices

  • Tickets for flights

  • Email correspondence and meetings with the designated entity and other interested parties

Following the suggestions above – ensuring that your business is able to prove its progress and development, the chances of success in pursuing your start-up visa application will be greatly increased.

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