This Canadian immigration Self Employed Program is designed to attract those applicants who intend and are able to become self employed in Canada. Self employed persons who intend to live in Quebec are not eligible under this program and should apply under the Quebec Self-Employed Program.

To qualify for this program, applicants must have the relevant experience, intention and ability to either

  • Make a significant contribution to the cultural or sporting life in Canada as artisans or as athletes at an international level; or
  • Purchase and manage a farm in Canada.

Relevant Experience is defined as:

  • At least two years experience of participation in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level;
  • At least two years experience of self-employment in cultural activities of athletics; or
  • At least two years of farm management experience

Canada’s stable economy and well-built financial system make it attractive place for seasoned business people throughout the world to immigrate and establish their businesses. The business immigration program is formulated to encourage and facilitate the admission of successful business people who are seeking new opportunities.

Self-Employed Program:

To be eligible as a self-employed, one must have relevant experience of at least two years in the period beginning five years before the date of application in cultural activities or athletics or farm management. The self-employed immigrant must has the intention and ability to be self-employed in Canada by making a significant contribution to Canada’s cultural activities or athletics or through purchase and management of a farm.

Transform your passion into your profession in Canada’s vibrant cultural and athletic scene, where your self-employment dreams can flourish and lead to a rewarding life in one of the world’s most welcoming countries

Frequently Asked Questions: Self-Employed Immigration Category

1. What qualifies as ‘self-employed’ for Canadian immigration?

To qualify as self-employed for Canadian immigration, individuals must have relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics and intend to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada. This includes experience in managing a business in these fields.

2. How much experience do I need to apply as a self-employed person?

Applicants should have at least two years of experience in their field within the five years preceding their application. This experience can be as a self-employed individual or participation at a world-class level in cultural activities or athletics.

3. What kind of financial investment is required for the Self-Employed Immigration Category?

There is no specific financial investment requirement like in investor or entrepreneur programs. However, you must prove you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you arrive in Canada.

4. Can my family accompany me if I’m accepted as a self-employed immigrant?

Yes, your spouse or common-law partner and dependent children can accompany you to Canada. They may be eligible for study or work permits to help them integrate into Canadian society.

5. How long does it take to process a self-employed immigration application?

Processing times can vary significantly based on the volume of applications received, the completeness of the application, and the specific circumstances of the applicant. Generally, it can take from 22 to 36 months.

6. Do I need to take a language test to apply for the Self-Employed Immigration Category?

Yes, proficiency in English or French is required, and you must take a language test from an approved agency to prove your language skills. The results help assess your ability to integrate into Canadian society.

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