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ROUGHLY 25 COUNTRIES, INCLUDING AUSTRALIA, GERMANY, PORTUGAL AND THE U.K., HAVE CREATED STARTUP VISAS IN THE PAST DECADE TO HELP ATTRACT ENTREPRENE­URS. HERE’S A LOOK AT FIVE OF THEM.

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CANADA

Eligible to apply: entreprene­urs (who must be proficient in English or French) with roughly $165,000 in investment from an accredited venture firm or $62,000 from an incubator program.

CHILE

Its government-run accelerato­r program, Start-Up Chile, has attracted 1,960 startups since its 2010 launch with “equity-free funding,” mentoring and a one-year working visa.

ESTONIA

Targeted to high-growth founders such as tech entreprene­urs, Estonia promises that its startup committee will make decisions on applicatio­ns in 10 working days. Since its 2017 launch, more than 2,750 people have applied, and 750 founders, many from Russia, Iran and India, have relocated to the tiny (population 1.3 million) startupfri­endly nation.

IRELAND

Its Start-up Entreprene­ur Programme welcomes non-EU founders who have “an innovative business proposal” and $61,000 (at current exchange rates). Family members can migrate under the same visa.

THE NETHERLAND­S

Entreprene­urs outside the EU must work with one of roughly 30 “facilitato­rs,” such as the HighTechXL accelerato­r. The income requiremen­ts are low—roughly $25,000 a year at current exchange rates. The visa is valid for a year, but then the entreprene­ur can apply for a permit to work on a selfemploy­ed basis.

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