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Work Permit for Start-up Visa Program (WP-SUV)

Work Permit for Start-up Visa Program


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Work Permit through International Mobility Program (IMP)

Under the Federal Start-up Program (➨Page), once you receive a commitment certificate and support letter from a designated organization (➨Appendix 4), you will become eligible to apply for a temporary work permit under the International Mobility Program. The designated entity must support the request for a work permit.

Qualified applicants are exempted from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) (➨ under paragraph R205(a) of Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) (exemption code A77)

To see a list of LMIA exemption Codes (➨

Please note that your Commitment Certificate is valid for six (6) months from the day it is issued. You must submit your application for permanent residence before it expires, whether you apply for a work permit or not.

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Minimum Requirements

The following requirements must be met if you are applying for a work permit under the Start-up Program:

1- Letter of Support / Commitment Certificate

A Commitment Certificate must have been issued by a designated entity (➨Appendix 4) indicating that the work permit applicant is “essential” and there are “urgent business reasons” for the applicant’s early entry to Canada. A letter of support must be linked to the Commitment Certificate from the designated entity.

2- Intention to reside outside Quebec

You must intend to reside in a province or territory outside Quebec.

3- Pending PR Application

You (and all designated essential members of your start-up team, if applicable) must have an application for permanent residence in the start-up business class pending, which was submitted while the commitment certificate was valid

4- Sufficient Funds

You must have sufficient funds to meet the low income cut off for their family size for 52 weeks (➨Appendix 2). This is separate from any investment funds required to commence the indicated business activities.

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Step 1: Submit a self-employed offer of employment

Before you can apply under the LMIA exempted work permit, you must have applied for and received a Letter of Support from a designated organization.

You are making an offer of employment as owner/operator of your business. Therefore as an employer, you must first submit an offer of employment to yourself and pay the employer compliance fee.

If your business has already registered for a Canada Revenue Agency business number, this should be done online using online Employer Portal (➨

If your business has not registered for a Canada Revenue Agency business number, you will not be able to use the Employer Portal. Instead, email the Employer Portal ([email protected]) and indicate that you are an entrepreneur. 

In your email, include your full name, date of birth, citizenship, country of birth and gender.

If your email request is approved, you will get an email back with forms and instructions on how to submit your offer of employment and pay the employer compliance fee

Step 2: Submit work permit application

Unless under exceptional circumstances (such as disability), submission of applications for Work Permit must be done online. When you complete your work permit application, select “Exemption from Labour Market Impact Assessment” as the type of work permit in the “Details of intended work in Canada” section.
Your application for the work permit must include the offer of employment and proof your employer (in this case yourself) has paid the employer compliance fee of $230 and received the Offer of Employment Number that begins with the letter “A” and is followed by seven digits.

To find out how to submit your application (➨

Step 3: Get your fingerprint and photo taken (Biometrics)

You and any members of your family between 14 and 79 years old need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics). You only need to give your biometrics once every 10 years. If you gave biometrics in the past as part of an application for a visitor visa, work or study permit and they’re still valid, you don’t need to give them again.

You don’t need to give biometrics if you gave biometrics for your permanent residence application that is still being processed.

Temporary Work Permit
Submit offer of employment:
Submit Online Application:
Official Program Guide:
IRCC Application Fees:
Employer Compliance Fee $230
Applicant: $155
Applicant with Open WP $100
Open WP – Spouse $155
Each child – Visitor $100
Biometrics: $85
Processing Time:
Document Checklist:

1-888-242-2100 (in Canada)

1-613-944-4000 (outside Canada)

Web Form:

Visa Office:

You will be contacted to give your biometrics and you will have 30 days from the date on the letter to do it.

In order to give biometrics you need to go to an official biometrics collection service point. You must give your biometrics in person.

Before you go check the location’s website for its services and fees at (➨

Depending on the location, you may need to make an appointment.

Step 4: Arrival with Work Permit

If your application is approved, you’ll get a letter that says you’re allowed to work in Canada. Bring this letter with you when you travel to Canada. You’ll get your work permit when you arrive in Canada.
The work permit will outline:
  • the type of work you can do
  • the employer you can work for
  • where you can work, and
  • how long you can work

If you’re eligible to apply from within Canada, the work permit will be mailed to your Canadian address.

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