Canadian Start Up Visa is Targeting H1B Work Visa Holders

start-up-visaCanada is touting its recently-introduced Start-Up visa as an alternative for immigrants who were planning on immigrating to the United States on an H1B work visa. In fact, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has bought a billboard in Silicon Valley saying, “H1B problems? Pivot to Canada. New Start-Up Visa. Low Taxes.”

The H1B work visa is a popular visa in the United States, and a favourite of technology companies who are always looking to bring new skills and innovation to their companies. However, these companies are limited by the fact that there is a cap on these visas with only a certain amount available every year, and they go pretty quickly.

Obtaining a Start-Up Visa for Canada

Immigrant entrepreneurs who have a great business idea are welcome to apply for a Start Up Visa. In doing so, they will pitch their ideas to investors in hopes of securing an investment in their idea. When they obtain that investment, they are approved for a Start-Up visa and can obtain permanent residency.

By offering applicants permanent residency in Canada, the government is able to attract more people to apply for the Start-Up visa because it’s a much bigger incentive. While some work visas in the United States can lead to permanent residency, it is not as direct of a pathway as this one. The United States’ immigration policies are more favourable to family reunification as opposed to economic immigrants who can help the country grow.

Do you Want to Apply for a Start-up Visa in Canada?

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

4 thoughts on “Canadian Start Up Visa is Targeting H1B Work Visa Holders

  1. sandeep kundu

    Hello – I am Software Quality Assurance Engineer with 10+ years of experience including 18 months in United states and currently in US from last 1.5 years.

    I would like to apply for Canada PR.

    Please suggest best way for the same.

    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Sandeep. Thank you for writing to us regarding this very important step in your life. There are several paths to Canadian permanent residency that might fit your qualifications but we would need to know a lot more about you: nationality, education, work experience, language skills, family, etc. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at
      Regards, Vahe

  2. Prashant


    I’m on H1b visa in US wanted to know options for Canada immigration and time taken.

    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Prashant,

      Thank you for your inquiry. In order for me to determine your eligibility, I would need to gather more details from you to be able to accurately advise you. Kindly complete this form once it has been reviewed, you will be contacted. MF


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