Jul 20, 2022
Canada
Self-Employed Persons Program

Are you eligible for the Self-Employed Persons Program?

Self-Employed Persons Program is available to experienced professionals in an advanced level of athletics, arts, or cultural position among other variables.

Are you eligible for the Self-Employed Persons Program?

In an effort to encourage authentic and substantial immigration applications, we are seeing more Canadian immigration programs catering to a broader array of opportunities for people engaged in all kinds of professions. Specifically, the Federal Self-Employed Persons Program is available to experienced professionals in an advanced level of athletics, arts, or cultural position among other variables. This program is less complex as it provides flexibility to those wanting to immigrate to Canada permanently while pursuing self-employment or occupation at an international level. Doing so enables artists and athletes to optimize their talent within the country while contributing to Canada’s cultural and economic position.

The Self-Employed Persons Program is a streamline to becoming a permanent Canadian resident, followed by full citizenship. Although requirements for the Self-Employed Persons Program seem lenient, at the end of the day, the program’s criteria should be heavily evaluated when applying for candidacy.

Here are some things to consider for those interested in taking this immigration path:

  • An applicant’s occupation should fall under one of the 34 self-employed occupations listed below.

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 Public Archive Technicians
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 and Interior Decorators
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
  • Applicants should have relevant experience for at least two years (within the previous 5 years an application is considered and submitted) at either a world-class/international level or can prove their ability to create a sustainable self-employed career. Moreover, the two years of experience do not have to be consecutive. They can be divided into two, one-year periods of being self-employed as one of the occupations previously mentioned.
  • Although there is not a bar set in place for an applicant’s net worth, those interested in immigrating should be capable of financially supporting themselves and any dependents they may have when relocating to Canada. In fact, this economical foundation is expected to be proven.

  • The applicant and any family members planning to immigrate as well must pass any required medical test and submit security certifications. These may include biometrics and police certificates that confirm any reason to dismiss consideration for the program.

  • The program itself has a selection criteria requirement with a minimum threshold of 35 out of 100 points. Applicants must meet this requirement in order to qualify for candidacy. Points are given by the visa officer evaluating the applicant. Categories and designated points are listed below.

Selection criteria (and available points)

25 points Education
35 points Experience
10 points Age
24 points English and/or French language proficiency
6 points Adaptability

Education (25 points available)

25 points
Master’s degree or Ph.D. earned, and a minimum of either full-time occupational experience or equivalent study of 17 years
22 points
Two or more completed bachelor’s degrees in addition to a minimum of either full-time occupational experience or equivalent study of 15 years
22 points
Three-year diploma, trade certificate, or apprenticeship, in addition to a minimum of either full-time occupational experience or equivalent study of 15 years
20 points
Two-year university bachelor’s degree in addition to a minimum of either full-time occupational experience or equivalent study of 14 years
20 points
Two-year diploma, trade certificate, or apprenticeship in addition to a minimum of either full-time occupational experience or equivalent study of 14 years
15 points
One-year university bachelor’s degree in addition to a minimum of either full-time occupational experience or equivalent study of 13 years
15 points
One-year diploma, trade certificate, or apprenticeship in addition to a minimum of full-time occupational experience or equivalent study of 13 years
12 points
One-year diploma, trade certificate, or apprenticeship in addition to a minimum of full-time occupational experience or equivalent study of 12 years
5 points
Completion of high school

Relevant Experience (35 points available)

20 points 2 years
25 points 3 years
30 points 4 years
35 points 5 years

Age (10 points available)

0 points 16 or under
2points 17
4 points 18
6 points 19
8 points 20
10 points 21 through 49
8 points 50
6 points 51
4 points 52
2 points 53
0 points 54+

Language Proficiency (24 points available) - English or French

First Official Language Speaking Listening Reading Writing
High 4 4 4 4
Moderate 2 2 2 2
Basic 1 1 1 1
None 0 0 0 0
*Only a maximum of two points in total for basic proficiency
Second Official Language Speaking Listening Reading Writing
High 2 2 2 2
Moderate 2 2 2 2
Basic 1 1 1 1
None 0 0 0 0

Adaptability (6 points available)

Spouse’s or common-law partner’s level of education

5 points
Master’s degree or Ph.D. in addition to a minimum of full-time occupational experience or equivalent study of 17 years
4 points
Two or three-year university degree, diploma, trade certificate, or apprenticeship in addition to a minimum of full-time occupational experience or equivalent study of 14 years
3 points
One-year university degree, diploma, trade certificate, or apprenticeship in addition to a minimum of full-time occupational experience or equivalent study of 12 years
0 points
High school (secondary school) diploma or less

Through the immigration process, it is not uncommon to be selected for an interview. Doing so, a visa officer may ask you to explain unclear information or more in-depth, any inconsistencies in the documentation that was submitted. In certain circumstances, submission of biometric information may be required.

Previous work in Canada

5 points
The applicant or accompanying spouse/common-law partner has been full-time employed in Canada on a verified work permit for a minimum of one year

Relatives in Canada

5 points
The applicant or accompanying spouse/common-law partner have a relative who resides in Canada that is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

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