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Start-Up Visa: How To File An SUV Work Permit

The Basic Requirements & How To Avoid Common Mistakes

Applicants for Canada’s Start-Up Visa program may be eligible to apply for an LMIA-exempt work permit. This allows applicants under this program to fulfill an important requirement of proving that they are actively working on their Canadian business and actioning the plans they have set out in their business plan.

While the SUV work permit essentially has the same requirements as a typical Canadian work permit application, there are a few key details that many applicants miss when applying for the SUV work permit. In today's blog, we'll explain what to look out for and how to apply for this rare work permit without making any of the common mistakes we often see.


Successful applicants for the Start-Up Visa work permit must have already received a Commitment Certificate and a Letter of Support from a designated entity to be eligible for this permit. You will also have to pay the employer compliance fee. Furthermore, you will need to demonstrate that you have sufficient finances to support yourself and your family members while working within Canada. In addition, you must plan to live in a province or territory other than Quebec.

You will need to submit a number of documents with your application.

This includes your:

  • Letter of Support from an IRCC-designated organization stating that you are essential

  • Proof of sufficient funds

  • Copy of your payment receipt for the employer compliance fee

  • Offer of employment number generated online through the Employer Portal

  • Medical examination results as needed

  • Police certificate as needed

HOW TO APPLY for a Start-Up Visa work permit

You can apply for the LMIA-exempt work permit online with electronic copies of the necessary documents and a valid credit card for payments, or on paper. If you are applying from outside Canada, you can submit your application to the nearest Visa Application Center, informing them that you a Start-Up Visa applicant. You can also apply for the LMIA-exempt work permit at the port of entry, presenting copies of all the relevant documents to the Border Officer. If you are applying from inside Canada if eligible, you must complete the Application to Change Conditions, Extend Your Stay or Remain in Canada as a Worker.

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While it is a straightforward process to apply for a Start-Up Visa Work Permit, it can be quite demanding. This is why Calver Immigration Consulting Inc. is prepared to guide you through this process from start to finish.


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Calver Immigration Consulting Inc. is rated Canada's number one boutique immigration consultancy. We serve clients across Canada and internationally. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in Canada and abroad.

We can assist with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.

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shuvash bhatta
shuvash bhatta
08 thg 10, 2022

Good morning sir

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