As a self-employed person, you can immigrate to Canada permanently under the Self-employed Persons Program.
You must meet the following requirements if you are interested in this program:
- Having relevant experience in athletics or cultural activities
- Ability and willingness to make a significant contribution to Canadian culture or athletic life of Canada
Note: The Government is no longer accepting applications under the farm management stream of the Self-Employed Persons Program as of March 10, 2018. Applications received before March 10, 2018, will be processed.
In order to qualify as a self-employed person in Canada, you must have two years of relevant experience.
Additionally, you must score 35 points on a selection grid designed to determine your ability to contribute economically to Canada.
There is no regulated minimum net worth requirement. Nevertheless, you must demonstrate to a visa officer that you have sufficient funds to:
- settle in Canada with your dependants and
- finance the work on which your selection was based.
You must submit an English or French language test with your self-employment application if you applied after March 3, 2011. As a result, they will take your language skills into account when assessing your application.
It must be a third-party language test from an agency approved by IRCC.
This rule applies to all self-employed applicants who want to claim points for their language skills.