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Self-Employed Category

Get a work permit based on your self-employed status.

The Self-Employed Persons Program is designed to provide an opportunity for self-employed people to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents. Interested candidates must have relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics and be willing and able to make a substantial contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply under the Self-Employed Persons Program, Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Meet the definition of a self-employed person;
  • Obtain at least 35/100 points in 5 Selection Criteria;
  • Applicant and any accompanying family members must pass a medical exam and provide police certificates;
  • Provide evidence of sufficient funds to settle in Canada upon arriving;
  • As a self-employed person, have a minimum of the following types of relevant experience*:
    • For Cultural Activities:
  1. 2 one -year periods of self-employment in cultural activities in the 5 years before applying; or
  2. 2 one-year periods participating at a world-class level in cultural activities in the 5 years before applying; or
  3. A combination of a one-year period as described in (a), and a one-year period as described in (b).
    • For Athletics:
  4. 2 one-year periods of self-employment in athletics; or
  5. 2 one-year periods of participating at a world class level in athletics; or
  6. A combination of a one-year period as described in (a), and a one-year period as described in (b).

 

*Relevant experience includes having taken part in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level or having been self-employed in cultural activities or athletics.

Processing Times

Decisions may be rendered within 21 months (including the time it takes to provide biometrics), provided that there are no complications.

Selection Criteria

Interested candidates must score at least 35 out of 100 points in the following criteria: Education, Relevant Experience, Age, Ability in English and/or French, and Adaptability.

Candidates are selected based on the following:

  • Documents submitted by the candidate;
  • Candidate’s score under each of the selection criteria; and
  • Whether candidate meets the definition of a self-employed person.

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