Immigrate as a Self-Employed Person
Canadian immigration Self-Employed Program is intended to attract candidates that aim to become self-employed in Canada.
Who Can Qualify for the Self-Employed Program?
To qualify for this program, candidates are required to have the two years of relevant experience and demonstrate the intention and ability to be self employed in Canada.
In addition, that candidate must score at least 35 points on a selection criteria grid that is intended to determine whether he will be able to contribute financially to Canada.
Experience is considered as relevant if the applicant has:
- Made significant contribution in cultural activities or athletics at an international level or
- Been self-employed in cultural activities or athletics (including coaches and trainer) or
- Has experience in managing a farm
Cultural activities include musicians, artists, film makers, journalists, illustrators as well as those behind the scenes for example directors, choreographers, designers etc.
Once applicants are found to meet the definition of “Self-Employed Persons” they will be assessed based on selection criteria grid that includes:
- language abilities
Applicants are required to earn a minimum of 35 point out of 100 potential points in order to be eligible and to immigrate to Canada as a self-employed person.
Qualifying Activities for Self-Employed Persons
Professional Occupations in Art and Culture:
|5112||Conservators and Curators|
|5121||Authors and Writers|
|5124||Professional Occupations in Public Relations and Communications|
|5125||Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters|
|5131||Producers, Directors, Choreographers and Related Occupations|
|5132||Conductors, Composers and Arrangers|
|5133||Musicians and Singers|
|5135||Actors and Comedians|
|5136||Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists|
Technical and Skilled Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport:
|5211||Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants|
|5212||Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries|
|5222||Film and Video Camera Operators|
|5223||Graphic Arts Technicians|
|5225||Audio and Video Recording Technicians|
|5226||Other Technical and Co-ordinating Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts|
|5227||Support Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts|
|5231||Announcers and Other Broadcasters|
|5241||Graphic Designers and Illustrators|
|5243||Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers|
|5244||Artisans and Crafts persons|
|5245||Patternmakers – Textile, Leather and Fur Products|
|5253||Sports Officials and Referees|
|5254||Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness|
Medical exams, Police Certificates and Sufficient settlement funds:
Applicants and their accompanying immediate family members are required to pass medical exams, security risk assessments and need to prove that they will have sufficient settlement funds to support themselves and their accompanying family once they land in Canada.
**Self-employed candidates that plan to settle in Quebec should apply under the Quebec Self-Employed Program.