HIGHLINE is one of only a few designated organizations that have been selected by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) to support Startup Visa Canada applications, in order to apply for permanent residency.
Recently, one of our HIGHLINE founders, Jose Barrios, went through the Startup Visa process. Jose is the founder and CEO of Cognilab, a research suite for brain science that powers some of the world’s top research labs, including at Harvard, McGill and MIT. Jose, who was born in Mexico, has an immense passion for the brain, psychology and computer science, which has led him to consult for some of the world’s most renowned cognitive researchers, hospitals and universities.
He applied for the Startup Visa when he was part of the GrowLab Ventures accelerator (now HIGHLINE), and yesterday announced he was officially a permanent resident of Canada. We’re very excited for Jose, and look forward to helping other international founders obtain their Startup Visas as well. (You can learn more about Jose’s entrepreneurial journey in this Q&A.)
Other HIGHLINE portfolio company founders that have received the Startup Visa include Ukrainian-born entrepreneurs Stanislav Korsei and Oleksandr Zadorozhnyi, who co-founded Zeetl, a social telephony platform that was acquired by Hootsuite three months later. (Read more about Zeetl’s story here.)