Canada Self-Employed Stream

Do you have extensive work experience in culture or athletics? VisaPath can help you turn that experience into permanent residency

Canada is seeking many immigrants with skills and talent in arts, culture, recreation, and sports. The Self-Employed class gives such
immigrants a path to permanent residency, but there are high eligibility requirements that must be met in order to be admitted under this category.

You must demonstrate that you will make significant contributions to Canadian culture or athletics, and you will need to demonstrate not only your past talent and skills, but your future plans in Canada.


Who is Eligible for the Self-Employed Stream?

The eligible work experience is described as “Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport” These can range from dancing, writing, painting, and sports, to more technical occupations, such as film industry, video/audio technicians, and TV announcers.

You must be able to prove that they have the ability and the willingness to be self-employed in one of these occupations.

You must also demonstrate 2 years of related work experience in the last 5 years before applying.

Point System

Immigration Canada uses a 100 – point scale to measure eligibility for the program. In order to qualify, you must score at least 35 points or above.

The scale measures points for the following:

  • Age (21 – 49 years for a maximum of 10 points)
  • English/French Language skills (maximum 24 points)
  • Experience (up to 5 years for a maximum of 35 points)
  • Education (Masters or Doctorate and 17 years full-time study for a maximum of 25 points)
  • Adaptability (maximum 6 points).

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How We Can Help

In the self-employed stream, immigration officers carefully examine claims of ‘world-class’ experience and the intention to continue these careers after arriving in Canada.

At VisaPath, our representatives understand the minds of immigration officers and can guide you through each step of the process, ensuring you compile a strong and convicting application to give you the best chances of success

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is self-employed immigration?

Self-employed persons programs permits foreign nationals to permanently migrate to Canada as a self-employed person. This program is designed for individuals to establish a business in Canada while also granting them permanent residency in Canada.

The immigration officer will look at the individual’s relevant experience, intends to open up their business in Canada, and what are the ways in which they can contribute to the Canadian economy in specific areas.

This program was design to attract self-employed persons to use their relevant experience of cultural activities, and see if they are willing to make a significant contribution to the cultural and athletic life in Canada.

What are the occupations that qualify under self-employed immigration?

Occupations that are considered under this category are professional jobs within art and culture.

These jobs include:

  • Librarians, conversators, archivists, authors, editors, journalists, producers, musicians, dancers, actors, other visual artists, etc.

Job groups that are under technical occupations in recreational and sporting, these jobs include:

  • Technicians of museums, art galleries, photographers, film operators, graphic designers, patternmakers, athletes, other sporting officials, other performers, etc.
What is the processing time for self-employed immigration?

The processing time for self-employed immigration is around 22 months. It is dependent on your country of citizenship and the amount of application received within the time frame. Usually it is around this processing time and this does include the time you need to submit your biometrics, which in this case it is needed.