Admissibility and final decisions (start-up business class)

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

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Determining admissibility

The principal applicant and their family members, whether accompanying or not, must pass medical examinations as well as criminal and security checks.

Approving the application

Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) documents may only be issued once all essential persons identified in the commitment certificate have been approved for permanent residence.

Guidelines for issuing a permanent resident visa can be found in section 70 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

Refusing the application

If one or more essential applicants have been refused for permanent residence, then applications from all other partners in the business are to be refused. The officer should send a refusal letter to all refused applicants and explain the following:

  • the categories or circumstances under which the application was considered
  • why the application was refused

If the principal applicant is refused, then the applicant’s family members are also refused as they would be inadmissible under subsection 42 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

See Withdrawal or refusal of an application from an essential person for more information.

Note: If the officer is not satisfied that the designated entity assessed the applicant and the applicant’s business in a manner consistent with industry standards or is not satisfied that the terms of the commitment are consistent with industry standards, the officer may refuse the application.

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