Self-Employed Person

Federal Business Class Immigration

The Self-Employed Program seeks to bring people who will become self-employed in Canada. They must have relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics and intend and be able to make a significant contribution to the cultural athletic life of Canada. Their education background, employment experience, age, language proficiency and adaptability will be assessed, and they may apply with a score exceeding 35. There is no regulated minimum net worth requirement for this Program. However, self-employed applicants must demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to settle in Canada along with their dependents and finance the work for which their selection is based.

Self-Employed Program Eligibility:
  1. Have taken part in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level or been self-employed in cultural activities or athletics
  2. Get a minimum of 35 points on point system
  3. Intend and be able to be self-employed in Canada
  4. Meet medical, security and other conditions
Selection criteria:

IRCC will assess the applicant on selection criteria that include their:

  • experience
  • education
  • age
  • language abilities
  • adaptability
Eligible occupations Under the Self-Employed Persons Program include:

Professional Occupations in Art and Culture

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

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

  • 5211  Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants
  • 5212  Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries
  • 5221  Photographers
  • 5222  Film and Video Camera Operators
  • 5223  Graphic Arts Technicians
  • 5224  Broadcast Technicians
  • 5225  Audio and Video Recording Technicians
  • 5226  Other Technical and Co-ordinating Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
  • 5227  Support Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
  • 5231  Announcers and Other Broadcasters
  • 5232  Other Performers
  • 5241  Graphic Designers and Illustrators
  • 5242  Interior Designers
  • 5243  Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers
  • 5244  Artisans and Craftspersons
  • 5245  Patternmakers – Textile, Leather and Fur Products
  • 5251  Athletes
  • 5252  Coaches
  • 5253  Sports Officials and Referees
  • 5254  Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness

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