What is a Self-Employed Persons Program?
As a self-employed individual, you may qualify to immigrate to Canada via this program.
If you are interested in this program, you must:
- have relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics and
- be able and willing to make a significant contribution to the athletic or cultural life in Canada
Who can apply?
To immigrate as a self employee you must:
- have an experience that is relevant.
- be able and willing to be self-employed in Canada.
- meet the program’s selection criteria.
- meet security, medical and other conditions.
Relevant experience is required as a:
- World-class level cultural activities or athletics; or
- a self-employed in cultural activities or athletics
At least two years of relevant experience is required as a self-employed individual.
Relevant experience must lie in between- 5 years prior to the day of application and end date (the day Immigration, Refugee Canada Citizenship – IRCC makes a decision on your application). If you as a candidate have 3-5 years of experience you can get more points.
Your experience must be at a minimum:
- for cultural activities:
- being self-employed in cultural activities for 2 one-year periods, or
- participating at a world-class level in cultural activities for 2 one-year periods, or
- a combination of a one-year period in (a), and a one-year period in (b) above
- for athletics:
- being self-employed in athletics for two 1-year periods, or
- participating at a world-class level in athletics for two 1-year periods, or
- a combination of a 1-year period in (a) above, and a 1-year period in (b) above
Eligible Occupations under Self-Employed Persons Program
Professional occupations in art and culture (Major Group 51 of NOC):
511 Librarians, archivists, conservators, and curators:
- 5111 Librarians
- 5112 Conservators and curators
- 5113 Archivists
512 Writing, translating, and related communications professionals:
- 5121 Authors and writers
- 5122 Editors
- 5123 Journalists
- 5125 Translators, terminologists, and interpreters
513 Creative and performing artists:
- 5131 Producers, directors, choreographers, and related occupations
- 5132 Conductors, composers, and arrangers
- 5133 Musicians and singers
- 5134 Dancers
- 5135 Actors and comedians
- 5136 Painters, sculptors, and other visual artists
Technical occupations in art, culture, recreation, and sport (Major Group 52):
521 Technical occupations in libraries, public archives, museums, and art galleries:
- 5211 Library and public archive technicians
- 5212 Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries
522 Photographers, graphic arts technicians, and technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, and the performing arts
- 5221 Photographers
- 5222 Film and video camera operators
- 5223 Graphic arts technicians
- 5224 Broadcast 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, photography and the performing arts
523 Announcers and other performers, n.e.c:
- 5231 Announcers and other broadcasters
- 5232 Other performers, n.e.c.
524 Creative designers and craftsperson:
- 5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
- 5242 Interior designers and interior decorators
- 5243 Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers
- 5244 Artisans and craftsperson
- 5245 Patternmakers – textile, leather, and fur products
525 Athletes, coaches, referees, and related occupations:
- 5251 Athletes
- 5252 Coaches
- 5253 Sports officials and referees
- 5254 Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport, and fitness
As a self-employed in order to show your willingness and ability to establish your business in Canada, you will need to prepare a business plan proposal showing that you can make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada.
You will be assessed by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as a candidate based on the selection criteria that include your:
- language abilities
You must, as a qualified self-employed person:
- meet the definition of self-employment
- based on 5 selection criteria and point system set for the program, get a minimum of 35 points
Calculating Scores for Self-Employed Person Program
The maximum possible score is 100, The pass mark is currently 35 points, Candidates are given scores based on 5 criteria listed below:
|Selection criteria||Maximum points|
|Ability in English and/or French||24|
Points for education: maximum 25 points
|You have a Master’s Degree or Ph.D. and at least 17 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.||25 points|
|You have two or more university degrees at the bachelor’s level and at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.||22 points|
|You have a three-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.||22 points|
|You have a university degree of two years or more at the bachelor’s level and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.||20 points|
|You have a two-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.||20 points|
|You have a one-year university degree at the bachelor’s level and at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.||15 points|
|You have a one-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.||15 points|
|You have a one-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 12 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.||12 points|
|You completed high school.||5 points|
Points for experience: maximum 35 points
Relevant experience must have been obtained in the period that begins five years before you sign your application and ends when a decision is made on your application.
|Two years of relevant experience||20|
|Three years of relevant experience||25|
|Four years of relevant experience||30|
|Five years of relevant experience||35|
Points for age: maximum 10 points
You will be awarded selection points based on your age at the time when the visa office receives your application.
|16 or under||0|
Points for language ability: maximum 24 points
One of the 5 selection factors is your proficiency in English or French. You will be given points based on your ability to listen, speak, read and write. You will be awarded up to 24 points for your basic, moderate or high proficiency in English and French.
If you are bi-lingual English, French, decide on which language will be your primary official language and make the other one your secondary language.
To have your official language proficiency considered in the assessment of your application for permanent residence, you must prove the level of language proficiency you claim on your application.
Designated language testing agencies
To complete a language test you can arrange to take one from one of the following designated agencies.
- IELTS General Training (International English Language Testing System)
- CELPIP-G test (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program)
- TEF Canada: Test d’évaluation de français (Teaching Excellence Framework)
- TCF Canada: Test de Connaissance du français (French only)
The test results must be valid when you submit your application. You can use language test results for up to 2 years after the date you take your test
Points for adaptability: maximum of 6 points
A maximum of 6 points for adaptability can be earned by any combination of the following elements.
|Spouse or common-law partner’s level of education||3–5|
|Previous work in Canada|
You or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner have completed a minimum of one year of full-time work in Canada on a valid work permit.
|Previous study in Canada|
You or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner have completed a program of full-time study of at least two years’ duration at a post-secondary institution in Canada. You must have done this after you were 17 years old and with a valid study permit.
There’s no need to have obtained a degree or diploma for these two years of study to earn these points.
|Relatives in Canada|
You or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner, have a relative (parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, child of a parent, sibling, child of a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or grandchild of a parent, niece or nephew) who is residing in Canada and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
You must show that you can financially support yourself and your family after you get to Canada. A medical exam must be completed and a police certificate issued.
How to Apply For The Self-Employed Persons Program?
You can apply for Canadian Permanent Residence (PR) by completing an application package and submitting it to IRCC If you meet the requirements. In doing so you need to:
- Get the application Package
- Pay for the fees
- Submit your application
A guide and document checklist is included in the application package. Based on the Document Checklist ensure that you prepare all the supporting information listed. As part of the application, you will need to include all the forms, information, documents, signatures, language test results, and fees.
Fees will include:
- processing fees for you and anyone you include on your application
- the Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF)
- third-party fees (medical exam, Police Certificates, Language Testing)
To ensure the application is complete:
- all questions to be answered
- application and all forms to be signed where indicated
- attach a copy of the receipt of your processing fee payment to your application
- all supporting documents to be included
Immigration Pathway Through The Self- Employed Person Program
Why The Self-Employed Person Program?
- Unlike the Entrepreneur’s Visa Program, your Net Worth is not a requirement. However, please be mindful that you must have sufficient funds to financially support yourself and your dependents (including your spouse or children who may be coming to the country with you).
This program allows you the freedom of setting up your business on your own terms, contributing to the Canadian economy without the pressure of profit margins.
- Two Years of Experience: In order to practice in your area of culture or athletics you only require (2) years of experience.
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