Canada’ welcomes people who have the potential to contribute to the cultural and athletic development of the country.

The major advantage under this program is that the Self-Employed Person category is the only one that does not require a monetary investment or a minimum personal net worth.

To be eligible, you are required to have either:
  • The relevant experience that will make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada or;
  • Have experience in farm management and the intention and ability to purchase and manage a farm in Canada.

Applicants are also assessed based on their education, experience, age, English/French language ability, and adaptability.

Legal Definitions:

“Self Employed person” A foreign national who has relevant experience and has the intention and ability to be Self Employed in Canada and to make a significant contribution to specified economic activities in Canada

“Relevant experience” In respect of a Self Employed person, at least two years of one of the following types of experience in the period beginning five years before the date of application for a permanent resident visa and ending on the day a determination is made in respect of the application, namely:

  • Self-employment in cultural activities or in athletics,
  • Participation at a world-class level in cultural activities or athletics, or
  • Farm management experience.

“Specified economic activities” in respect of a Self Employed person means cultural activities, athletics or the purchase and management of a farm.

Here are some of the qualifying activities under this Federal Business Immigration Program

Professional occupations in art and culture
Librarians, archivists, conservators and curators
Writing, translating and related communications professionals
Creative and performing artists

Technical occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
Technical occupations in libraries, public archives, museums and art galleries
Photographers, graphic arts technicians and technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
Announcers and other performers
Creative designers and crafts persons
Athletes, coaches, referees and related occupations

If you are interested in immigrating to Canada as a self employed person contact us

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