The latest IRCC Start-Up Visa Program Statistics: Remarkable 78% Approval Rate

Through a detailed examination of the Canada Start-up Visa (SUV) program’s performance, recent data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reveals a compelling narrative of success and opportunity for immigrant entrepreneurs.

Start-Up Visa Summary from 2018 to Early 2023

Between the onset of 2018 and the first quarter of 2023, the SUV program meticulously processed 3,287 applications. The results are noteworthy, with a staggering 78% approval rate, translating to 2,424 entrepreneurs successfully embarking on businesses in Canada. This high approval percentage reflects the program’s efficiency and pivotal role in integrating entrepreneurial talent into the Canadian economy.

Country-Specific Records

The allure and effectiveness of the SUV program resonate across the globe, with varying degrees of success among different countries:

Bangladesh stands out with a perfect 100% approval rate over six years, showcasing the exceptional caliber of its entrepreneurs.

China and Vietnam have seen significant approvals, with 10.8% and 14.8% of the total. These figures highlight the program’s popularity and the entrepreneurial spirit thriving within these nations. Despite the competitive selection process, both countries maintained an approval rate of 78%, indicating a rigorous yet equitable assessment by the IRCC.

The first quarter of 2023 saw Bangladesh, China, and Nigeria achieving a 100% success rate, further underscoring the SUV program’s broad appeal and consistent ability to attract high-quality business proposals.


Comparative Analysis: SUV vs. Express Entry System

To appreciate the SUV program’s value, a comparison with the Express Entry system’s approval rates offers insightful perspectives. The Express Entry system, central to Canada’s skilled immigration selection process, showed fluctuating approval rates of 47.8% in 2021 and a decline to 36.5% in 2022.

The Start-Up Visa Program exhibited stability and success, with approval rates of 91% in 2021 and 86% in 2022. This consistency highlights the program’s strategic importance in promoting economic growth and innovation within Canada.


A Golden Era for the SUV Program Amidst Immigration Changes

Recent shifts in Canadian immigration policies, such as the suspension of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program and the temporary pause of the Alberta Opportunity Stream under the AAIP, have presented challenges to some pathways.

However, the Start-Up Visa Program continues to shine brightly, offering a robust and attractive route for entrepreneurs and their families to establish new lives and businesses in Canada. Given the program’s impressive track record and the current landscape of Canadian immigration, the SUV emerges as the premier choice for entrepreneurs aiming to make a mark in Canada. Partnering with Eterna International, our professionals will assist the applicants and comprehensively lead them to maximize their success rate.

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