Self-Employed Program

The Canadian Self-Employed Persons Program is aimed at those who have relevant experience in cultural activities, athletics, or farm management. Applicants must also have the intention and ability to establish a business that will, at a minimum, create employment for themselves.

Applicants must also make a significant contribution to cultural activities or athletics or purchase and manage a farm in Canada.

Eligibility: Employment, funds, and points

There are several eligibility criteria for this visa, applicants must:

  • Demonstrate at least 2 years experience of self-employment in cultural activities or in athletics, and participation at a world-class level in cultural activities or athletics, or farm management experience
  • Possess sufficient funds to support their family upon their arrival
  • Possess the intention and ability to establish a business that will generate self-employment
  • Make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada or purchase and manage a farm in Canada
  • Earn sufficient points in the selection factors to meet the pass mark. The selection factors include points awarded for:
  1. Education
  2. Proficiency in Canadian official languages (English and French)
  3. Work experience
  4. Age
  5. Adaptability factors (such as the ability to retrain)

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