Self-employed immigration to Canada is a program designed for individuals who have relevant experience and skills in cultural activities, athletics, or for those who are self-employed in managing a farm. The program is aimed at attracting individuals who can make significant contributions to Canada’s cultural, artistic, or athletic landscape, or who can contribute to the growth and development of the country’s agricultural sector.
The self-employed immigration program is a points-based system, with points awarded for factors such as age, education, language proficiency, and work experience. Applicants must score a minimum of 35 points to be considered eligible.
If successful, self-employed immigrants are granted permanent residency in Canada, which allows them to live and work in the country indefinitely. They also have access to the same healthcare, education, and social benefits as Canadian citizens.
- Eligible Fields: The self-employed immigration program is open to individuals who have experience in cultural activities, athletics, or farm management. Cultural activities include music, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts, among others. Athletics include coaches, athletes, and referees, while farm management includes individuals who have experience in managing a farm.
- Financial Requirements: Applicants must demonstrate that they have the necessary financial resources to support themselves and their family members in Canada. The amount of funds required depends on the number of family members accompanying the applicant. As of 2021, the minimum required funds for a single applicant is CAD 13,213, while the amount increases to CAD 16,449 for a family of two, and CAD 20,222 for a family of three.
- Medical Examination: Applicants must undergo a medical examination to ensure that they do not have any medical conditions that could pose a risk to public health or safety in Canada.
- Security Background Check: Applicants must also undergo a security background check to ensure that they do not have a criminal record or pose a threat to national security.
- Points System: The self-employed immigration program uses a points system to evaluate applicants. Points are awarded for factors such as age, education, language proficiency, work experience, and adaptability. Applicants must score a minimum of 35 points to be considered eligible.
To be eligible for self-employed immigration to Canada, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Relevant Experience: Applicants must have relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics, and must be able to demonstrate that they have been self-employed in their field of work.
- Language Proficiency: Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in either English or French, which are the official languages of Canada.
- Education: Applicants must have a minimum of a secondary school education.
- Age: There is no specific age requirement for self-employed immigration to Canada.
- Admissibility: Applicants must be admissible to Canada, which means they must not have any criminal convictions or medical issues that would make them inadmissible.
- Business Plan: Applicants must submit a detailed business plan that outlines their proposed business activities in Canada.
- Financial Resources: Applicants must have sufficient financial resources to support themselves and their family members in Canada.
- Contribution to Canada: Applicants must demonstrate that their cultural activities or athletic pursuits will make a significant contribution to Canadian society.