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The Path After Submitting Your Application for Canadian Permanent Residence under the Start-Up Visa Program

The Canadian Start-Up Visa Program (SUV) offers a golden opportunity for entrepreneurs seeking to establish or expand their businesses in Canada while gaining permanent residency. While the program promises great potential, understanding what happens after submitting your application is crucial. In this article, we’ll explore the journey that follows the submission of your application.

  1. Initial Application Submission: When you take the bold step of applying for Canadian Permanent Residence through the SUV program, your journey begins. Upon submission of your application, you’ll eagerly await the Acknowledgment of Receipt (AoR) from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The time it takes to receive your AoR can range from a few weeks to several months.
    Why is the AoR Important? The AoR signifies that IRCC has received your application and has officially commenced processing it. It establishes the starting point for your application review.
  1. Transition to the Permanent File Number (PFN): As your application progresses, you’ll eventually receive a Permanent File Number (PFN). In the context of the Start-Up Visa Program, these file numbers typically start with the letter “E.”
    When Does PFN Receipt Occur? Based on our extensive experience, applicants typically receive their Permanent File Number around 16 to 18 months after the initial application submission. This event often triggers a series of requests from immigration officers, usually occurring 2 to 6 months later.
  1. Responding to Officer Requests: The requests you receive from immigration officers are pivotal to the success of your application. These inquiries cover a wide range of aspects related to your business and personal circumstances. Here are some common areas officers may inquire about:
  • Updates to your business plan.
  • Progress reports on your business.
  • Updates to your business schedule.
  • Demonstrating sufficient settlement funds and providing updates on business investments.
  • Details about your travel history.
  • Information regarding your family members’ circumstances.

Importantly, it’s crucial to understand that each member of your start-up team will receive tailored requests aligned with their individual roles. Typically, the CEO and COO of the business are the primary recipients of business-related requests.

The journey after submitting your application for permanent residence under the Canadian Start-Up Visa Program is filled with important milestones and requests from immigration officers. Responding comprehensively and accurately to these inquiries is essential for the success of your application.

At Godmer Immigration Consultant, we specialize in guiding entrepreneurs through the complexities of the Start-Up Visa Program. Let us lead you to success on your path to Canadian permanent residence. Your entrepreneurial dream is one step closer to reality.

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