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Federal Self-Employed Program

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The Federal Self-Employed Program is a unique immigration pathway designed for individuals who possess relevant experience in cultural or athletic activities or arts. This program aims to attract individuals who can contribute significantly to the enrichment of Canadian culture or sports sector. This Canada self-employed Visa pathway offers an opportunity for self-employed individuals to become permanent residents in Canada, provided they meet specific requirements.

Unlike other business streams, the federal self employed persons program or Canada self employed program does not have a regulated minimum net worth requirement. Applicants are not required to invest their own money into a business or the government or obtain funding from a private institution. Applicants are only required to demonstrate they have enough experience in their selected industry, they are successful in their work, and have sufficient funds to settle in Canada along with their dependents. 

Who is a Self-employed person in Canada?

A self-employed person in Canada refers to an individual who works for themselves and not as an employee of someone else. They operate their own business or provide services as an independent contractor. The self-employed person typically has the freedom to choose when and for whom they want to work, and they are allowed to serve multiple payers at once.

Benefits of the Canada Self Employed Program

The Self-Employed Persons program is a good route because:

  1. Independence: The program allows individuals to be their own boss and pursue their passions in cultural activities, athletics, or art.
  2. Permanent Residency: Successful applicants and their families gain permanent residency in Canada, with access to healthcare, education, and social benefits.
  3. Diverse Opportunities: Canada’s vibrant multicultural society offers a wealth of opportunities for self-employed individuals to thrive and grow their businesses.

Other Types of Canada Self-Employed Programs

  1. Quebec Self Employed Worker Program
  2. Provincial Nominee Programs for Self-Employed Workers. 

What are the requirements for Federal Self-Employed Program?

The Federal Self Employed Persons Program requires applicants to have two years of relevant work experience in their field in the last 5 years before they apply. Also, they need to show proof of

  • Two years of being self-employed in cultural activities, or athletics or :
  • Two years of participating at a world-class level in cultural activities or athletics, or :
  • A combination of one year of each of the above.

More points will be awarded to applicants who have 3, 4, or 5 years of experience in your field. This requirement is in addition to the point-based grading system used to determine the eligibility of business immigration applicants.

All applicants to this Canadian Self-Employed Program, an individual must intend to settle in any Canadian province or territory, with the exception of Quebec, which has its own self-employed immigration program 

Federal Self-Employed Program Selection Factors

Applicants must earn at least 35 points out of a possible 100 points in order to immigrate to Canada as a self-employed person.

Selection FactorMaximum Points
Ability in English and/or French24

Canada Self-Employed Visa Occupation List:

1. Professional Occupations in Art and Culture

NOCProfessional Occupations
5112Conservators and Curators
5121 Authors and Writers
5124Professional Occupations in Public Relations and Communications
5125Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters
5131Producers, Directors, Choreographers and Related Occupations
5132 Conductors, Composers and Arrangers
5133Musicians and Singers
5135 Actors and Comedians
5136Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists

2. Technical and Skilled Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

NOCProfessional Occupations
5211Library and Public Archive Technicians
5212Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries
5222Film and Video Camera Operators
5223Graphic Arts Technicians
5224Broadcast Technicians
5225Audio and Video Recording Technicians
5226Other Technical and Co-ordinating Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
5227Support Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
5231Announcers and Other Broadcasters
5232Other Performers
5241Graphic Designers and Illustrators
5242Interior Designers and Interior Decorators
5243 Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers
5244Artisans and Craftspersons
5245Patternmakers - Textile, Leather and Fur Products
5251 Athletes
5253Sports Officials and Referees
5254Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness

What are the requirements to be eligible for the Self-Employed Persons Program?

To be eligible for the Self employed persons program, you need to meet the minimum requirements set by the IRCC. These include having relevant experience in a self-employed occupation, meeting the selection criteria based on factors such as age, education, experience, and adaptability, and demonstrating the intention and ability to become economically established in Canada.

Can self-employed persons immigrate to Canada through the Self-Employed Persons Program?

Yes, self-employed persons can immigrate to Canada through the Self-Employed Program if they meet the eligibility criteria and their application is successful. If selected, you will be granted permanent resident status in Canada, which allows you to live and work anywhere in the country.

Is there a specific program for self-employed individuals in Quebec?

Yes, Quebec has its own self-employed immigration program called the Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program. This program is designed for individuals who wish to establish themselves in Quebec as self-employed workers and contribute to the province’s economy. The eligibility requirements and application process may differ from the federal Self-Employed Persons Program.

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