Self-Employed Persons Program

Candidates who have relevant experience in athletics and cultural activities will be eligible for the Canadian PR visa under this program. Applicants need to meet the minimum eligibility requirements and simultaneously obtain the passing mark under the program’s selection criteria.  Under this program, eligible applicants must be able to show they have sufficient funds to finance their business and settle in Canada with their dependents (Spouse/common law partner and children). There is no requirement for regulated minimum net worth.

Minimum Eligibility requirements

In order to be considered as a self-employed person, the latter must have at least 2 years of self-employed experience in a cultural or athletic activity as defined by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 

Selection Criteria
The minimum passing score is 35 points out of 100. 

Selection FactorsMax Points
Experience35 points
Age10 points
Education 25 points
Ability in English or French24 points
Adaptability6 points

Eligible Occupations:

Professional Occupations in Art and Culture
5111 Librarians 5125 Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters
5112 Conservators and Curators 5131 Producers, Directors, Choreographers and Related Occupations
5113 Archivists 5132 Conductors, Composers and Arrangers
5121 Authors and Writers 5133 Musicians and Singers
5122 Editors 5134 Dancers
5123 Journalists 5135 Actors and Comedians
5124 Professional Occupations in Public Relations and Communications 5136 Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists
Technical and Skilled Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport
5211 Library and Public Archive Technicians 5232 Other Performers
5212 Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries 5241 Graphic Designers and Illustrators
5221 Photographers 5242 Interior Designers and Interior Decorators
5222 Film and Video Camera Operators 5243 Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers
5223 Graphic Arts Technicians 5244 Artisans and Craftspersons
5224 Broadcast Technicians 5245 Patternmakers – Textile, Leather and Fur Products
5225 Audio and Video Recording Technicians 5251 Athletes
5226 Other Technical and Co-ordinating Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts 5252 Coaches
5227 Support Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts 5253 Sports Officials and Referees
5231 Announcers and Other Broadcasters 5254 Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness
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