For self-employed artists and athletes, they can apply directly for permanent residence (PR) with their work experience. This program is ideal for those who are between 21 and 49 years of old and who have relevant self-employment experience.
Who is self-employed?
Not all people who have self-employment experience are eligible under this program. For this program, eligible applicants are generally artists who take part in cultural activities and athletes.
IRCC has defined cultural activities and provided the following examples of people who take part in cultural activities:
authors and writers,
creative and performing artists,
sculptors and other visual artists,
technical support and other jobs in motion pictures,
On the other than, athletes include:
Eligible applicants can either have been self-employed, or those who have taken part in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level.
We can help you determine if your work experience is eligible under this program.
If you have met the definition of a self-employed person, then IRCC will select candidates by looking at the following factors:
Language abilities, and
The maximum possible score is 100 based on the above criteria. You need to score 35 or higher in order to proceed with this application.
You must have at least 2 years of relevant work experience in the past 5 years in order to be eligible. However, the more work experience you have, the more you will score in the selection criteria.
Education is not an eligibility requirement for this program. Therefore, foreign education credentials will not need an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). However, your education will give you points in the selection criteria.
Age is not an eligibility requirement either but a selection factor. In fact, people who are between 21 and 49 years of old will get the maximum points in age. Therefore, this program is ideal for people who cannot apply for PR under Express Entry due to age.
Intent and ability to work as self-employed in Canada
Applicants must prove that they are able to and intend to work as self-employed artists or athletes in Canada. Their work must make a significant contribution to the local cultural or athletic life.
The “significant contribution” assessment is largely situational. For example, a fitness trainer who opens a gym in Downtown Toronto may not enrich the local athletic life. However, their work may be significantly beneficial if the gym is located in a rural town where no gyms are available.
Work permit option
If you plan to work and set up your business in Canada during the PR process under this program, you may be eligible for a service work permit.
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