Self-Employed Persons Program

Immigration to Canada as a Self-Employed Person

Under Canada’s Self-Employed Persons Program, permanent residence status is granted to eligible self-employed foreign nationals with relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics.

Candidates must have the experience, ability and intention to make a significant contribution to Canada’s cultural life or sports. You must meet the eligibility requirements and achieve at least a minimum passing mark under the selection criteria to be considered for immigration.

Note that there is no minimum net worth requirement. That said, you must have enough funds to settle in Canada along with your dependents and finance the work for which you were selected by yourself.

Experience Requirements For The Self-Employed Persons Program

You must have two years of self-employment experience in a cultural or athletic activity. You may either have been self-employed or have participated at a world-class level in cultural activities or athletics events.

Self-Employed Persons Program: Eligible Occupations

Professional Occupations in Art and Culture

5111Librarians
5112Conservators and Curators
5113Archivists
5121Authors and Writers
5122Editors
5123Journalists
5124Professional Occupations in Public Relations and Communications
5125Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters
5131Producers, Directors, Choreographers and Related Occupations
5132Conductors, Composers and Arrangers
5133Musicians and Singers
5134Dancers
5135Actors and Comedians
5136Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists

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

5211Library and Public Archive Technicians
5212Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries
5221Photographers
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
5243Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers
5244Artisans and Craftspersons
5245Patternmakers – Textile, Leather and Fur Products
5251Athletes
5252Coaches
5253Sports Officials and Referees
5254Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness

Self-Employed Persons Program: Selection Criteria

For self-employed business immigration, candidates are assessed under a points-based system and should score 35 points out of 100.

Selection FactorsPoints
ExperienceMaximum 35 points
AgeMaximum 10 points
EducationMaximum 25 points
Ability in English or FrenchMaximum 24 points
AdaptabilityMaximum 6 points
TotalMaximum 100 points
Pass Mark35 points

We Can Help With Self-Employed Persons Program

At Jane Katkova & Associates, we will guide you through self-employment immigration from start to finish. We will explain how the process works, we will calculate your points and assess your eligibility.

We will think of how to present your achievements and skills in the best to way to gain maximum points. We will fill out and file all applications forms quickly and diligently. We have made a habit of double and triple checking our work.

Trust our professionals in self-employment immigration to do their job.