Federal Self-employed Persons

The Federal Self-Employed Persons Program is a Canadian immigration program designed for foreign entrepreneurs working in the arts and sports industries.

Are you self-employed and looking to come to Canada? You may be eligible for the Self-Employed Persons Program, if you:

  • Have at least 2 years of relevant experience in arts or sports

  • Are willing and able to be self-employed in Canada 

  • Meet the programs selection criteria

  • Meet medical, security and other conditions 

Your experience is relevant if you have:

- Taken part in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level or 

- Been a self-employed person in cultural activities or athletics 

For cultural activities:

- 2 years ( not continuous) being self-employed in cultural activities, or

- 2 years ( not continuous) participating at a world-class level in cultural activities, or 

- A combination of one year in (a) and (b)

For athletics 

- 2 years (not continuous) being self-employed in athletics, or 

- 2 years (not continuous) participating at a world class level in athletics, or 

- A combination of one year in (a) and (b)

The benefits of this program include no language requirement and immigration without having to work or study in Canada first. Applicants will need to submit their business plan on their proposed Canadian business venture and show a high chance of being financially self-sufficient. Applicants will also be asked to attend an interview several months before a decision is made on their application.

If you plan to immigrate to Quebec, the province has its own immigration program and you can not apply for the Federal Self-Employed Persons Program. 

+ Government Fees
  • Quick and easy online application
  • Lower cost than traditional lawyers
  • Peace of mind of expert review
  • $1 million in application insurance
  • Secure document storage

How It Works

  • 1
    Create An Account

    Create an account and either check your eligibility, or pick an application to start. We start by asking questions specific to the visa to ensure your eligibility. This can be quick and simple, such as for visitor visas, or may require entering multiple questionnaires. If you have any questions, there are no fees to contact our immigration experts by email, WeChat, WhatsApp or by booking a call.

  • 2
    Confirmation Before Payment

    Our immigration consultants will check your answers and double-check your profile to confirm you meet the minimum requirements of a program. Only if you are eligible will we move you to the payment stage. At this time you must pay the SuperVisas fee. We are transparent in our process and pricing, and clearly list all the fees and processing times for your visa. We use Stripe for credit or debit card payment processing, which is secure and encrypted. Government fees are paid later when the completed application is submitted and once we can correctly calculate the various government fees due. It can be complicated, but we guide you through the process.

  • 3
    Complete Your Application Online

    Now, you can finish your application. There will be some "tasks", or many, for you to complete depending on your visa, such as entering your education achievements, employment history and/or dependent information. This can take time and will require answering more questionnaires and uploading of documents. Our system ensures everything necessary is gathered depending on your specific situation - preventing errors and omissions - while at the same time saving you money. Our immigration experts prepare your application so that your case is best presented to the visa officers. After a final review by you, and by our experts, your application will be submitted! You will have peace of mind that only comes with a complete and accurate application.

  • 4
    Approval and Renewals

    We will notify you when your visa is approved! We securely store your immigration documents for 7 years and will provide you alerts well before any expiry dates. Renewing visas or taking the next step down the immigration pathway toward citizenship is easy when all your immigration history is in one place. We also understand that moving to a new country can be difficult and hard to navigate. If needed, we will provide guides and referrals to our affiliate partners to help.

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Required Documents

You’ll need the following documents if you decide to apply to this visa.

  • Digital Photo
  • Passport
  • Police Certificate
  • Proof of Relevant Experience
  • Provide proof of funds showing that you can financially support your family after they landed in Canada