Self-employed programs aims at bringing people that will become self-employed when they arrive in Canada.

Know Your Eligibility Status- Self-Employed

To be eligible, you must:

Relevant Experience

You have a relevant experience if you:

  • Are highly experienced in managing a farm
  • Are self-employed in athletics or cultural activities
  • Have actively participated in athletics or cultural activities at a global level

Selection Criteria

You will be assessed on the following selection criteria including:

  • Adaptability
  • Language abilities
  • Education
  • Experience
  • Education, and
  • Age

Self-Employed Person Means a Person:

  • With relevant skills and competencies
  • Who is willing to be self-employed in Canada
  • With the capacity to contribute meaningfully to Canada’s economy in any of the required areas.

Selection Factors – Self-Employed

To be eligible, you need to meet the definition of a self-employed person, entrepreneur or an investor according to the class you apply.

You will be assessed based on a point system and selection requirements. You need to have a minimum of 35 points if you truly want to travel to Canada as a self-employed person.

The selection criteria are:

  • Age – 10
  • Experience – 35
  • Education- 25
  • Adaptability – 6
  • Language ability in English and/ or French- 24

Total- 100

100 is the maximum score, while 35 points is the pass mark. The pass mark is subject to change at any time. So, if you are considering immigrating to Canada as a business immigrant- entrepreneur, investor or self-employed person, ensure you visit the website regularly.

Your selection will be assessed based on the document you submit as well as your score rate. You need to be qualified for the program you apply.

You will pass through a crucial immigration interview process. In the course of the interview, the visa officer will like you to explain any inconsistent or unclear information, gaps or shortcomings in the document you submitted. The visa officer will make his or her final assessment based on their findings.

Required Experience For Self-Employed Person

You are required to have at least 2 years of experience, which must be:

For Cultural Activities:

  • 1-2 year periods of experience in cultural activities or in self-employment in this area.
  • 1-2 years of experience at a world class level or
  • a combination of both

For Athletics

  • 1-2 years of experience in athletics or self-employment in this field
  • 1-2 years active participation in a world class level in this area or
  • A combination of both

For Farm Management

  • 1-2 years of experience in farm management

Special Economic Activities Include:

  • Farm management, including buying a farm.
  • Athletics or
  • Cultural activities

All the activities for self-employed entrepreneurs, and/ or investor are decided by the provincial laws.