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    incorporating both at province and federal level?

    You just need to **register** in Ontario - federal incorporation is fine. You do not need to incorporate again and have another office in a second province. Registration is not the same as incorporation. If you move to another province, you just need to register there without incorporating...
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    Driving License Extract (from India) Query?

    No, but the spelling of the name and date of birth should be an exact match.
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    Applying for a Start-Up Visa directly?

    You're welcome, happy to hear that you found the information useful. As I said, if there is an urgent need - such as getting a spot with the incubator - it may prove worthwhile to apply for the WP first. The landing interview for the PR takes 2 minutes and 3 questions. On a work permit...
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    Applying for a Start-Up Visa directly?

    Around 14 months. This is IRCC's projected timeline and not based on the history of completed applications. Take this number with a huge grain of salt. I personally know many who have got their SUV application processed with 5-7 months. Some even got theirs in 4. I applied directly for PR...
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    Startup Visa Program Timeline

    Great to hear that! You had been waiting for a long time! Welcome to Canada!
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    PROGRAM FOR START UP VISA – Get PR after 12 months

    The process sounds extremely shady, and the fees are exceptionally high.
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    Startup Visa Program Timeline

    The background check is an advanced stage of the SUV application, so hang tight and you should get your COPR sooner than later. Good luck!
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    Applying for a Start-Up Visa directly?

    Spending money on an attorney will add no value at all. The SUV forms are very straightforward. We applied directly in early 2018, and the entire process of AOR (receipt) to COPR (approval) took less than 5 months. Use that money on your business instead. If you have any trouble with the forms...
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    Startup Visa Program Timeline

    In my last post, I referred to the due diligence by IRCC - they asked for all the extra paperwork/ADR during the application process. Agree - the SUV timeline and process isn't clear at all and very subjective.
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    Startup Visa Program Timeline

    If you have an existing business or potential customers, then you can receive (or begin receiving) payments in your home country. Incorporation in Canada has nothing to do with financial transactions. Preferable yes, but not an absolute necessity. That is where the due diligence process kicks...
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    Startup Visa Program Timeline

    The WP applicants I mentioned were all outland. Like I said, the timelines are anything but predictable. Yes, incorporation is a choice. If there is an urgent business need, then the entrepreneur can go ahead and incorporate before becoming a permanent residence. However, the corporation...
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    Startup Visa Program Timeline

    SUV work permit timelines are a roll of dice. I personally know three people whose SUV WP took nearly five months. Nowhere near the promised two weeks. It is better to apply for SUV directly. If a Start-up business is up and running - or has potential customers - then the entrepreneur(s) can...
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    Startup Visa Program Timeline

    Correct - the SUV process allows for incorporation after the applicant becomes a PR. This is called 'conditional incorporation'. Besides, one of the directors needs to be a PR to receive the tax benefits of a CCPC. (Canadian Controlled Private Corporation).
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    Startup Visa Program Timeline

    No, you do not need to incorporate or be on the company's payroll before applying for the SUV. But you must incorporate soon after becoming a permanent resident.
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    Startup visa success rate?

    That article is incorrect or your interpretation is wrong. The SUV acceptance rate was 80% for the 111 applications received between 2014-2016. The recent years should have a similar success rate. The 2750 number was the annual SUV quota during the pilot stage and not the count of completed...
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    Startup Visa Program Timeline

    The applicants DO NOT have to stay in Canada during the process. Any amount of travel is ok, just mention it in the travel history section of the application.
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    Startup Visa Program Timeline

    It depends entirely on the incubator and their process. There will be several steps involved before a letter of support is issued by an accelerator. For example: 1) Due diligence of your business proposal or validation of your existing business and its potential in USA/Canada, intellectual...
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    Driving license in BC

    You're right. I stand corrected. Interesting. Had no idea. Does the ICBC mention this anywhere on their website?
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    Driving license in BC

    Only if you can prove that you had over 2 years of driving experience on your foreign license. Such experience is generally authenticated by an experience letter or abstract issued by the local (your country's) transport office. If you cannot meet the above condition, then you'll have to go...
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    Driving License Extract - Problems with Indian RTO

    You can try the Indian consulate/embassy in the province (you live in) for a letter of driving experience. But it is upto the transport office in Canada to accept it or not. The accepted norm is the computer generated DL-Extract. The reason why RTO officers in India insist on a chip based...