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Canada Federal Self-Employed Program

The program covers foreign nationals experienced in athletics and cultural activities and can make a significant contribution to athletics and the rich culture of Canada. Such individuals are eligible for a permanent Self-Employed visa to the country.

We’re here to help you know about the requirements and who can apply for the Self-Employed Program. For any help on the Self-Employed visa application, contact our specialized lawyers at +1 844 290 6312.

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    What Is Federal Self-Employed?

    The Federal Self-Employed Program is an initiative that allows an eligible candidate to become a permanent resident in Canada as self-employed. You must have at least two years of experience in your to qualify. Additionally, you need to gain at least 35 points upon assessment on whether you can make a significant contribution to the country’s economy.

    The immigration office evaluates your experience, education, language ability, adaptability, and age, during the eligibility assessment for the Self-Employed visa. If your visa goes through, you can permanently immigrate to Canada.

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    Who Qualifies To Immigrate To Canada Under The Self-Employed Program?

    To immigrate to Canada under the Self-Employed Program, you must meet the following eligibility checkpoints:

    • At least two years of experience in the relevant industry.
    • Meet the self-employed person’s definition.
    • Purpose to participate in cultural activities or athletics as self-employed.
    • Have at least 35 points according to the Canada Immigration point system.

    The relevant experience means that you have worked for yourself for at least two years in the five years preceding our visa application.

    Art industry self-employed applicants must have the following experience at a minimum:

    • 2 periods of a full year of engagement in self-employed cultural activities.
    • 2 periods, one year each, of a world-class level of cultural activities participation.

    On the other hand, you can have a one-year experience in each case.

    Athletics self-employed candidates must have the following relevant experience at a minimum:

    • 2 periods, one year each, of participation as a self-employed athlete.
    • 2 periods of a full-year engagement in world-class level athletics.

    Contact us for more information if you’re an interested candidate or employer.

    What Are The Self-Employed Visa Application Requirements?

    There are specific Self-Employed visa application requirements you need to meet for the Canada Immigration point system to verify your eligibility. Qualified self-employed persons must get a 100 score, distributed among various selection criteria. The requirement sub-divisions for the visa include a maximum of the following points:

    • Experience: 35 points
    • Education: 25 points
    • Language: 24 points
    • Age: 10 points
    • Adaptability: 6 points

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      How Is A Self-Employed Person Awarded The Points?

      Interested candidates can get any points up to the maximum level provided.  The point distribution per category is as follows:


      The more experience you have, the more points you get.  Below is how you earn the experience points awarded under the five years of relevant experience before application.

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


      If you aren’t a Canadian citizen, you need to undergo an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) to obtain points under this eligibility factor. The maximum number of points you can achieve is 25. You can get 5, 12, 15, 20, 22, or 25 points, where the higher the education level you complete, the more points.

      Language Ability

      English, French, or both languages’ proficiency is the other selection criteria contributing to your overall points. If you can communicate effectively, the maximum number of points you can get is 24. The classification includes basic, moderate, and high proficiency levels.


      Your age at the time your visa application lands in the visa office also adds to your eligibility with up to 10 age points. Here’s the

      • 54 years & Above: 0 points
      • 17 & 53 years: 2 points
      • 18  & 52 years: 4 points 10 points
      • 19 & 51 years: 6 points
      • 20 & 50 years: 8 points
      • 21 – 49 years:  10 points


      How well you can adapt also earns you some points.  You can get these points by completing university degrees and apprenticeships. Their distribution is as follows:

      • Spouse or common-law partner’s level of education: 3-5 points
      • Previous work in Canada: 5 points
      • Previous study in Canada: 5 points
      • Relatives in Canada: 5 points

      What Are The Eligible Occupations For The Federal Self-Employed Visa Application?

      Here are the eligible occupations for the self-employed in Canada. The Immigration Department issues NOC as follows:

      Qualified Self-Employed Professional Occupations In Art & Culture

      5111 Librarians 5131 Directors/Producers/Choreographers
      5112 Conservators 5132 Arrangers/Composers/Conductors
      5113 Archivists 5133 Singers & Musicians
      5121 Writers & Authors 5134 Dancers
      5122 Editors 5135 Comedians & Actors
      5123 Journalists 5136 Painters, sculptors, and other visual artists technical
      5125 Interpreters/Terminologists/Translators

      Qualified Self-Employed Art, Culture, Recreation And Sport Technical Occupations

      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, photography, and the performing arts
      5231 Announcers and other broadcasters
      5232 Other performers (e.g., circus performers, magicians, models, puppeteers, and other performers)
      5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
      5242 Interior designers and interior decorators
      5243 Theatre, fashion, exhibit, and other creative designers
      5244 Artisans and craftsperson’s
      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

      How Can IAS Help?

      Our professional lawyers are well-informed about Canada’s immigration system and can help you navigate your way to obtaining a Self-Employed visa. They can examine your eligibility and break down for you the needed requirements. If you qualify, they’ll help in the application process and guide you on how to prove your eligibility.

      Upon cancellation of your visa, our able lawyers will point out the cause and provide alternative ways of immigrating to Canada if you’re still interested. They’ll let you know which other visas you qualify for and assist in the application.

      Call us at +1 844 290 6312 and find out how our lawyers can help in your case.

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                No, there isn’t a net worth requirement for the self-employed program. However, you have to prove to the visa officer that you’re stable enough financially to stay in Canada and fund your work without any assistance. Even so, the finance you need is a little bit less than an entrepreneur.

                There is no amount of money you can legally carry in Canada. Hence, you can have as much as you need to sustain yourself and support your self-employed job. Nonetheless, you must declare any funds and monetary instruments you possess exceeding $10,000.