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Canada Self Employed visa program

Self Employed Visa is a program for applicants who are into cultural activities, athletics at the world-class level, buying and managing a farm, and migrating to Canada as self-employed.

As a self-employed farmer, international, professional athlete, or individual in the arts and culture sector, you can apply under this visa only if you demonstrate your potential to be self-employed in any part of Canada.

If we compare it to other business immigration streams of Canada, where you need to invest a sum of your personal funds into government or a company, or acquire fund from any private company, you only have to provide a proof of your experience within your industry along with an evidence supporting it to being self-employed in Canada successfully.

To be eligible as a self-employed, an applicant must: 

  • Have at least two years of experience in the past five years before the date of applying in one of the following categories:-
    • Cultural activities- 2 one-year periods as self-employed in cultural activities, or participating in world-class cultural activities or a combination of both
    • Athletics at the world-class level- 2 one-year periods as self-employed in athletics, or participating in world-class athletics, or a combination of both
    • Farm management

Selection Criteria:-

Apart from meeting the experience criteria, applicants must score a minimum of 35 points out of 100 based on five selection factors:

Selection criteria Maximum points
Education 25
Experience 35
Age 10
English and/or French Language Ability 24
Adaptability 6
Total Score 100
*Pass Marks 35

Admissibility Requirements

An applicant and his/her family members are required to undergo a medical examination and police verification. Also, applicant must have enough proof of funds to support himself/herself and accompanying family members in Canada.

Application Process

To apply for Canada's Self-Employed Visa, you may follow a step-wise process listed below:

  • Fill, Sign and date the required forms
  • Gather all the supporting documents as per the checklist provided by the IRCC, including
    • language test results
    • education credential like degree, diploma, certificate
    • proof of relevant experience
    • proof of adaptability (police certificates and clearances)
    • travel documents
    • identity and civil status documents
  • Pay the required application fees online, including:
    • Processing fees
    • Right of Permanent Residence Fee
    • Biometrics fees
    • third-party fees (medical exams, police certificates, language test) 
  • Submit a complete application along with signed forms, copy of the fee receipt, and supporting documents

If you wish to apply for Canadian PR visa, study visa, family-sponsored visa, etc., you may get in touch with Visas Avenue- the leading and trusted Visa Consultancy Company in India.

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