Self-employed Immigration to Canada Program

This is a federal program and not applicable if you wish to settle in Quebec. (Quebec has its own program)

A person eligible to Immigrate to Canada as a Self employed person must have at least two years of relevant experience in either:

Cultural Activities, or

Athletics.

And must be able to make a significant contribution to Cultural or Athletic life of Canada.

This experience must be in the last five years from the date of application and you must be willing and able to be Self Employed in Canada.

Cultural Activities

At least two one-year periods as self-employed or participating at world level in cultural activities. It can also be as one year as self-employed and one year participating in cultural activities.

You should be able to make significant contribution to cultural life in Canada.

The occupations that may qualify for the cultural activities are Librarians, Conservators, Curators, Archivists, Library Technicians, Archive Technicians, Authors, Writers, Editors, Journalists, Translators, Terminologists, Interpreters, Producers, Directors, Choreographers, Conductors, Composers, Musicians, Singers, Dancers, Actors, Comedians, Painters, Sculptors, Visual Artists, Photographers, Film and Video Camera Operators, Graphic Arts Technicians, Audio and Video Recording Technicians, Co-ordinating occupations in Motion Pictures, Announcers, Broadcasters, Graphic Designers, Illustrators, Interior Designers and Decorators, Fashion Designers, Artisans, Craftspersons, Patternmakers and related occupations.

Athletics

Two one-year periods as self-employed or participating at world level in athletics. It can also be as one year as self-employed and one year participating in athletics.

You should be able to make significant contribution to athletics in Canada.

People who may be eligible to apply under this category are athletes who compete in sports events. They play team sports or individual sports at amateur or professional level. They may include Athletes, Archers, Automobile racers, Badminton, Basketball, Baseball, Billiard players, Bowler, Boxer, Chess Player, Cyclist, Discus Thrower, Diver, Fencer, Figure Skater, Footballer, Golfer, Hockey Player, Javelin Thrower, Judoka, Professional Sportsman/woman, Rider, Rower, Runner, Skater, Swimmer, Table-tennis Player, Tennis Player, Volleyball Player, Weight Lifter, Wrestler, Coaches, Referees, Umpires, Sports Judges, Trainer, Instructor, Sports Analysts, Sports Consultants etc.

Selection Criteria

If you are eligible under one of the above-mentioned categories to apply for Self Employed Immigration to Canada program, then you must get 35 points in the five factor selection criteria. The maximum score for this five factor selection criteria is 100 points.

The five factors for selection criteria are:

S.No.Selection FactorsPoints
1Education25
2Experience35
3Age10
4Language Ability24
5Adaptability6
Total100
  1. Education: Maximum 25 points

LevelPoints
You have a Master’s degree or a Doctorate (Ph.D.) and minimum 17 years of full time or equivalent study25
You have 2 or more bachelor’s degrees and minimum 15 years of full time or equivalent study22
You have a 3 years diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and minimum 15 years of full time or equivalent study22
You have university degree of minimum 2 years at bachelor’s level and minimum 14 years of full time or equivalent study20
You have a 2 years diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and minimum 14 years of full time or equivalent study20
You have university degree of minimum 1 year at bachelor’s level and minimum 13 years of full time or equivalent study15
You have a 2 year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and minimum 13 years of full time or equivalent study15
You have a 1 year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and minimum 12 years of full time or equivalent study12
You completed high school5
  1. Experience: Maximum 35 points

No. of years of relevant experiencePoints
220
325
430
535
  1. Age: Maximum 10 points

AgePoints
Less than 170
172
184
196
208
21-4910
508
516
524
532
54 and above0
  1. Language Ability: Maximum 24 points

The language abilities are calculated for first and second language among the two official languages of Canada, English and French. Your score will depend on your proficiency in one or both of them.

You can get maximum 16 points for proficiency in first language and maximum 8 points for proficiency in second language.

You will have to sit in the approved language testingexams. These are IELTS – General Training and CELPIP – General Test for English and TEF for French.

IELTS – International English Language testing System

CELPIP – Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program

TEF- Test D’Evaluation de Francais

First language proficiency level and score: Maximum 16 points (You can score a maximum of only two points in Basic Proficiency).

Proficiency LevelSpeaking ScoreListening ScoreReading ScoreWriting ScoreMaximum Points
High Proficiency444416
Moderate Proficiency22228
Basic Proficiency11112
No Proficiency00000

Second language proficiency level and score: Maximum 8 points (You can score a maximum of only two points in Basic Proficiency).

Proficiency LevelSpeaking ScoreListening ScoreReading ScoreWriting ScoreMaximum Points
High Proficiency22228
Moderate Proficiency22228
Basic Proficiency11112
No Proficiency00000

Proficiency level test score conversion tables are given below:

IELTS:

Proficiency LevelSpeakingListeningReadingWriting
High Proficiency6.5-9.07.5-9.06.5-9.06.5-9.0
Moderate Proficiency5.5-6.05.5-7.05.0-6.05.5-6.0
Basic Proficiency4.0-5.04.5-5.03.5-4.54.0-5.0
No ProficiencyLess than 4.0Less than 4.5Less than 3.5Less than 4.0

CELPIP:

Proficiency LevelSpeakingListeningReadingWriting
High Proficiency

4H

5

6

4H

5

6

4H

5

6

4H

5

6

Moderate Proficiency

3H

4L

3H

4L

3H

4L

3H

4L

Basic Proficiency

2H

3L

2H

3L

2H

3L

2H

3L

No Proficiency

0

1

2L

0

1

2L

0

1

2L

0

1

2L

TEF:

Proficiency LevelSpeakingListeningReadingWriting
High Proficiency

Level 5-Level 6

(349-450)

Level 5-Level 6

(280-360)

Level 5-Level 6

(233-300)

Level 5-Level 6

(349-450)

Moderate Proficiency

Level 4

(271-348)

Level 4

(217-279)

Level 4

(181-232)

Level 4

(271-348)

Basic Proficiency

Level 3

(181-270)

Level 3

(145-216)

Level 3

(121-180)

Level 3

(181-270)

No Proficiency

Level 0-Level 2

(0-180)

Level 0-Level 2

(0-144)

Level 0-Level 2

(0-120)

Level 0-Level 2

(0-180)

  1. Adaptability: Maximum 6 points

You can get a maximum of 6 points for adaptability by any combination of the following factors.

  1. Spouse’s Education Level:

Level of EducationPoints
A Master’s or Ph.D. with minimum 17 years of full time or equivalent study5
A 2 or 3 year degree, diploma, certificate or trade apprenticeship with minimum 14 years of full time or equivalent study4
A one year degree, diploma, certificate or trade apprenticeship with minimum 12 years of full time or equivalent study3
High School or less0

2. Previous work in Canada

You or your spouse have a minimum one year of work experience in Canada on a valid work permit5

3. Education in Canada

You or your spouse has completed a minimum 2 years post secondary full time study on a valid student visa after the age of 17. You will get the points even if you didn’t get any degree or diploma for this study.5

4. Relatives in Canada

You or your spouse has a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling, uncle, aunt, niece or nephew. This relative is living in Canada and is a citizen or permanent resident of Canada5

You must also prove through your net worth that you have enough funds in Cash to support yourself and your family for at least one year in Canada.

There is no specific amount mentioned for Self-employed category. You will need to satisfy the visa officer dealing your case. However you can get an estimate of funds required from the chart here. This is just for reference as in the case of Farm manager; you will need to show the ability to buy a farm in Canada. This means that your transferrable funds would be much higher than this table.

If you are still reading I assume you have checked your eligibility and found that you are eligible and want to pursue this path to Immigrate to Canada. In which case you need to fill in the application and collect the required documents.

Detailed Application process and Documents for Immigration to Canada as a Self-Employed person.

You need to download the form

Fill the forms on your computer and validate them. Validating the forms will generate a bar code page or pages. Print all the pages. Pay your fees online and print the receipt. You will have to send these forms through regular mail to the specific visa office for self-employed applications in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Before starting to fill in your application you must gather the following documents and information:

Important Information:

  1. Your complete work history in the last ten years or since the age of 18 years if your age is less than 28 years.
  2. Your travel history in the last ten years or since the age of 18.
  3. Details of your Spouse, Dependent Children and their dependent children even if they are not accompanying you.
  4. Where do you intend to live in Canada?
  5. Your complete current mailing address including Postal/Pin/Zip Code
  6. Your parent’s following details:
  • Full name (First name and Family/Sur name)
  • Date of Birth
  • Town/City and Country of Birth
  • Date of Death (if applicable)
  1. For each level of your education:
  • Degree, Diploma or Certificate
  • Start and completion of the course/program
  • Name of the Institution
  • Address of the institution
  1. Your experience in last five years specific to your applicable category. I.e. Cultural, Athletic or Farm Management
  2. Your personal net worth:

Bank Deposit: Current and savings accounts balances, and fixed deposits; Initial amount, date of deposit, date of maturity, current balance in local currency and Canadian dollars.

Property Details: Estimated Current market value in local currency and Canadian Dollars.

Business details: Name of business, percentage of your ownership, current assets/value, estimated current market value in local currency and Canadian dollars.

  1. Any other investments like stocks, pension etc. in local currency as well as Canadian dollars.
  2. Any property mortgage and other debts.

Documents for Self-employed Program:

  1. Passports of yourself and all accompanying family members
  2. All educational documents like Degrees, diplomas, certificates and their respective mark sheets.
  3. Your IELTS/CELPIP and/or TEF scores.
  4. Police Certificates/Police Clearance Certificates (PCC) – You will need to apply at your police headquarters or passport office. Apply for yourself and each family member accompanying you who is over the age of 18. You need your PCC for each of your addresses where you have lived more than 6 months since the age of 18.
  5. Description of how you accumulated your present financial resources. This document will bear your own signatures
  6. Bank Certificate mentioning all your accounts, their date of opening and current balances along with average six months balance.
  7. Marriage certificate
  8. Birth Certificates
  9. Translations of all your documents that are not in English or French to English.
  10. Attestation of photocopies from a Notary or Oath Commissioner.
  11. You have to pay your fees online only, so a credit or debit card is required.
  12. Photographs

Once you have accumulated these documents it is very easy to fill the form. Some information that is specific to this category is given below. Rest is in your documents, known to you or clear on its own.

Filling your Form:

  1. You are applying under Economic Program
  2. Your category is Self-employed
  3. All you personal information like name, address etc. must match with your passport details.
  4. Do not leave any blank periods in your history. If you were neither studying nor working for any period, then mention what you were doing like preparing for an entrance exam, job interview or vacationing etc.
  5. All the information MUST be accurate and true.

Fees:

You have to pay processing fee at the time of filling the application. You have a choice of paying your Right of Permanent Residence Fee along with this or at a later stage but before visa is granted. Paying it along with processing fee will save time and in case your application is rejected, you will get a refund of your Right of Permanent Residence Fee.

Processing Fee:

Principal ApplicantCanadian $ 1050
SpouseCanadian $ 550
Each dependent childCanadian $ 150

Right of Permanent Residence Fee:

Principal ApplicantCanadian $ 490
SpouseCanadian $ 490
Each dependent childCanadian $ 0

You need to mail your application along with proof of fees paid and all required documents to:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Self-employed Class
Centralized Intake Office
P.O. Box 7200
Sydney, NS
B1P 0E9
Canada

Once your application processing begins and is near approval you will receive instructions for your medical. You will need to contact one of the approved doctors convenient to you and schedule an appointment for you’re and all accompanying family members.

Once the medical results reach the visa-processing officer and they are found to be ok, you will be asked to send in your passport(s) for visa.

Now you should submit your passport(s) and start preparing for your move to Canada.