Welcome to Pax Law Corporation, where our expertise in Canadian immigration law guides you through the complex process of applying for a Canada Startup Visa. One question we frequently encounter is, “Can I take a Canada Startup Visa application to court for Judicial Review?” This page provides a comprehensive overview of this topic.

Understanding the Canada Startup Visa

The Canada Startup Visa program is designed for entrepreneurs and innovators who plan to start a business in Canada. Applicants must meet specific criteria, including a qualifying business, a commitment from a designated organization, language proficiency, and sufficient settlement funds.

Grounds for Judicial Review

Judicial Review is a legal process where a judge reviews the legality of a decision or action made by a governmental agency, like Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Grounds for Judicial Review in the context of a Startup Visa application could include:

  • Procedural unfairness
  • Erroneous interpretation of the law
  • Unreasonable or biased decision-making

The Process of Judicial Review

  1. Preparation: Before proceeding, it’s crucial to consult with an experienced immigration lawyer to assess the viability of your case.
  2. Filing an Application: If your case has merit, an application for Judicial Review must be filed with the Federal Court of Canada.
  3. Legal Arguments: Both the applicant and the IRCC will present their arguments. Your legal team will challenge the decision, focusing on legal errors or oversights.
  4. Decision: The court may either dismiss the application, order a new decision by a different IRCC officer, or, in rare cases, directly intervene in the application process.
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Time Limits and Considerations

  • Time-Sensitive: Applications for Judicial Review must be filed within a specific timeframe from the date of the decision.
  • No Automatic Stay: Filing for Judicial Review does not guarantee a stay on removal (if applicable) or an automatic right to remain in Canada.

Our Expertise

At Pax Law Corporation, our team of immigration lawyers specializes in Startup Visa applications and Judicial Reviews. We provide:

  • Thorough assessment of your case
  • Strategic planning for Judicial Review
  • Representation in Federal Court


While taking a Canada Startup Visa application to court for Judicial Review is a complex and challenging process, it can be a viable option for those who believe their application was unjustly refused. With [Law Firm Name], you have a partner who understands the intricacies of immigration law and is dedicated to advocating for your entrepreneurial journey in Canada.

Contact Us

If you believe your Canada startup visa application was unjustly refused and are considering a Judicial Review, contact us at 604-767-9529 to schedule a consultation. Our team is committed to providing you with professional and effective legal assistance.

Disclaimer: This information is intended for general guidance and does not constitute legal advice. For personalized legal advice, please consult with one of our lawyers.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the Canada Startup Visa Program?

  • Answer: The Canada Startup Visa Program is designed for entrepreneurs who have the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada that are innovative, can create jobs for Canadians, and can compete on a global scale.

Who is eligible for the Canada Startup Visa?

  • Answer: Eligibility includes having a qualifying business, obtaining a commitment from a designated Canadian venture capital fund or angel investor group, meeting language proficiency requirements, and having sufficient settlement funds.

What is a Judicial Review in the context of a Canada Startup Visa?

  • Answer: Judicial Review is a legal process where a federal court reviews the decision made by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on your Startup Visa application, to ensure the decision was made fairly and in accordance with the law.

How long do I have to apply for a Judicial Review after my Canada Startup Visa is refused?

  • Answer: Generally, you must file for a Judicial Review within 60 days after receiving the refusal notice from IRCC. It’s crucial to consult with a lawyer immediately after a refusal to ensure timely filing.

Can I stay in Canada while my Judicial Review is pending?

  • Answer: Filing for Judicial Review does not automatically grant you the right to stay in Canada. Your current status in Canada will determine if you can remain during the review process.

What are the possible outcomes of a Judicial Review?

  • Answer: The Federal Court may uphold the original decision, order a new decision by a different IRCC officer, or, in rare cases, directly intervene. However, the court does not re-assess the merits of your Startup Visa application.

Can I reapply for the Canada Startup Visa if my application is refused?

  • Answer: Yes, there’s no restriction on reapplying if your initial application was refused. However, it’s important to address the reasons for the initial refusal in your new application.

What are the chances of success in a Judicial Review for a Startup Visa refusal?

  • Answer: Success depends on the specifics of your case, including the reasons for refusal and the legal arguments presented. An experienced immigration lawyer can provide a more precise assessment.

What is the role of a lawyer in the Judicial Review process?

  • Answer: A lawyer will help assess the viability of your case, prepare and file the necessary legal documents, and represent you in court, making legal arguments on your behalf.

How can I improve my chances of success with a Canada Startup Visa application?

  • Answer: Ensuring your application is complete, meets all eligibility criteria, and is supported by strong documentation and a solid business plan can significantly improve your chances of success.

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