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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?

Are you an immigrant entrepreneur who has a great idea, and wants to bring it to Canada? Canada is waiting for you! Our award-winning immigration law firm can help you through the process, just give us a call.

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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

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

  1. Kalpesh Bhatt

    I am an IT consultant in the Project Mgmt \ Scrum master role. Have close to 19 yrs of work exp and am working in US on an H1-b visa. What would be the potential prospects for an experienced consultant like me to get a job offer in Canada and work towards a PR . I plan to relocate with my family too . So what would be the college prospects for a family moving new to Canada

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Kalpesh,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! With your advanced degree and work experience, you may qualify for Express Entry, but we will have to take a closer look at you and your case. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  2. Vivek

    Hi,
    I am on H1B visa and working as a Technical Project Manager.
    I am willing to immigrate to Canada. I am married and my wife has a Masters Degree.
    I have a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunication.
    What are the different ways to get Canada PR?
    Please guide.

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Vivek,
      Thank you for contacting us! You and your wife are qualified for a few different visas. We have helped thousands of clients in your similar situation, and I would love to help you and your wife. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help get you all your legal questions, it will also increase your chance of visa approval.
      Please Vivek, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to get you status here in Canada.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  3. venkat nadimpalli

    I am on H1B, have been working in USA since last 7 Years as SAP consultant. Could you please let me know the options to get Canadian PR

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Venkat. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. 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 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  4. Santosh

    I have completed MS in computer science from a reputed US university and currently I am working as a software Programmer in California on H1B, I wanted to know my options getting PR in Canada?

    Please email me so that I can connect.

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Santosh. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. 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 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  5. 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.

    Reply
    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 http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  6. Prashant

    Hi,

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

    Reply
    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 http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ once it has been reviewed, you will be contacted. MF

      Reply

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