Experience being self-employed for at least two years in arts, culture or sports
If you have …
you may qualify to immigrate to Canada as a self-employed immigrant
learn more about self-employed workers program
Goals of the self-employed program
The Government of Canada is highly interested in attracting self-employed persons from around the world. The main criterion is that these persons must have the intention and ability to create their own employment as artists, farmers, interpreters or athletes among others, and are expected to contribute to the culture and athletic life of Canada.
As a result, self-employed persons, such as music teachers, painters, illustrators, film-makers, freelance journalists, choreographers, set designers, coaches and trainers, theatrical or musical directors, impresarios are welcomed to come to Canada as self-employed persons.
There are many factors that the decision-making immigration officer is considering while reviewing your immigration case/application. Among these factors are your self-employed experience and your chances to adapt to Canadian business and social life, while establishing your own employment.
The decision-making officer has significant discretion over the self-employed applications, even if your eligibility assessment is somewhat discouraging. The decision-making officer will have to review your background holistically in order to decide whether your case is persuasive enough and whether your case demonstrates enough intent to settle in Canada as self-employed.
Eligible occupations include 33 groups under the major group for professional occupations in art and culture as well as the major group for technical occupations in art, culture recreation and sports. Please see the complete list of all eligible occupation below.
Our Role & Support
Our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants at Moirai Reach Immigration Consulting will work meticulously to build up your case and prove your capacities as a self-employed immigrant, increasing the probability of success of your case.
Complete list of eligible occupations for self-employed immigration
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