What is the Self-Employed Persons Program?
This program allows certain self-employed persons to apply for permanent residency.
Generally speaking, this program welcomes those who will create self-employment in Canada and make a significant contribution to the local cultural or athletic life.
Who is a self-employed person?
For the purpose of this program, self-employed persons only mean:
Further, artists may include but not limited to:
authors and writers,
creative and performing artists,
sculptors and other visual artists,
technical support and other jobs in motion pictures,
Similarly, athletes may include but not limited to:
To emphasize, the above lists are not exhaustive.
If you are uncertain whether your job is eligible, you can consult with the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Further, you must either be self-employed or a world-class level artist or athlete.
If you need help with identifying your occupation, we can also help you.
Am I eligible?
First and foremost, the Self-Employed Persons Program assesses applicants based on a selection of criteria including:
Language abilities, and
This selection process has a point system, and to be eligible for this program, applicants first need to score at least 35 points.
We can also help you to determine your eligibility.
Firstly, your work experience must be relevant. This means you need at least two years of work experience either in cultural activities or athletics.
To emphasize, you can't mix work experience in both cultural activities and athletics.
Secondly, in general, you must have been self-employed.
However, if you participated either in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level, you did not have to be self-employed.
Last but not least, you must have got the work experience within 5 years from the date of your application received by IRCC and until the day a determination is made.
This means you can still accumulate work experience after you submit your application.
It is important to note that, as of June 1, 2021, the current processing time for applications under this program is 34 months.
Therefore, you may still submit your application when you have not yet obtained 2 years of working experience but will have enough work experience while your application is being processed.
Is the work experience full-time or part-time?
In fact, this program does not specify that the work experience must be full-time.
The reason is that, due to the nature of cultural activities and athletics, people might not have a regular work schedule.
However, if you did have a regular schedule, full-time work experience would be ideal for this program.
On the other hand, if you did not have a regular schedule, or you only worked part-time, you may still apply under this program. Then you further need to examine your work experience.
Intent and ability to be self-employed in Canada
The applicants must also prove that they are able to and intend to be self-employed in Canada as artists or athletes.
Moreover, the work of the applicants in Canada must enrich the local cultural or athletic life. For example, a trainer opens a gym in a small town, which may be considered a significant contribution to the local athletic life.
Can I also work in Canada while my application being processed?
The answer is yes. However, you will need to get a work permit first.
To be specific, self-employed persons may be eligible for a work permit that is supported by an Owner or Operator Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
To learn more about work permit, please visit our service page.
Other immigration programs for self-employed persons
Some self-employed persons may be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program under Express Entry.
The FSW program is a much quicker pathway to permanent residence.
To learn more about Express Entry, please visit our service page.
Or, talk to us if you want to know your eligibility.
What we do
Firstly, we help LGBT immigrate to Canada, and we create a safe and friendly place for people with immigration needs.
Then, we personalize our services for you, which may include any of the followings:
help you to determine your eligibility,
If you are not currently eligible, we help you to meet the eligibility,
Identify potential inadmissibility issues and properly address them before you apply,
Assist you in collecting or preserving the supporting documents,
Conduct legal research,
Provide other advice and instructions as needed that could be critical to a successful application, and
Complete, prepare, organize, and submit your application on your behalf.
Book an appointment today or contact us directly.