The processing time for the Canada Startup Visa Program can vary depending on several factors, including the volume of applications received, the completeness of your application, and the specific Canadian visa office where your application is being processed. As of my last knowledge update, I can provide you with a general idea of the processing times, but I recommend checking the official website of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the most up-to-date information in 2023.
Here are some key points to keep in mind regarding processing times for the Canada Startup Visa Program:
About the processing time:
The initial assessment of your application may take several weeks to several months. This includes preparing a business plan, a pitch deck, gathering documents, and getting ready for DO interviews and reviewing your application for completeness and eligibility.
Nomination by a Designated Entity
If a designated Canadian organization (venture capital fund, angel investor group, or business incubator) provides a Letter of Support, this can expedite the processing of your application. However, the time it takes to secure such a letter can vary.
IRCC conducts background checks, which may include security and criminal checks. The time it takes for these checks to be completed can vary based on individual circumstances.
Medical Examinations and Biometrics
You may be required to undergo medical examinations and provide biometrics (fingerprints and photographs). The time for these processes can vary based on your location and the availability of authorized panel physicians.
Interviews and Additional Information
In some cases, you may be asked to attend an interview or provide additional information, which can extend the processing time.
Overall Processing Time
In general, the total processing time from the submission of your application to receiving a decision on your visa or permit application can range from 16 to 37 Months.