Recently, the Toronto Start published an article quoting several economics and immigration experts regarding the new Start-Up visa, and how the United States may be more than a little envious of Canada and like-minded countries getting all of the best talent from across the globe.
Our own immigration lawyer Michael Niren was also quoted by Yahoo News Canada regarding the Start-Up visa, describing how Canada and other countries with similar visas like Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, are gaining an edge with these programs.
The Start-Up visa allows entrepreneurs who have the potential to create jobs and business in Canada the opportunity to work with investors and mentors and get their ideas off the ground, while also providing a pathway to permanent residency in Canada.
“I think the Start Up Visa program is a great development for Canada in the midst of some very negative policy initiatives,” he said.
“Americans should worry that Canada and other countries with similar programs will be attracting away the best and the brightest. The US is behind when it comes to its business immigration program, which needs a serious makeover especially in light of its economic crises.
He continued, “I would not be surprised if it becomes the main means business applicants come to Canada, but it remains to be seen how Citizenship and Immigration Canada will process these cases in terms of efficiency and adjudication. Lots of high hopes – but until we have the numbers, we won’t know if the program is a success.”
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