Federal Self-Employed Persons Program

For persons with self-employment experience, this could be the ideal Canadian immigration program if they have relevant experience in one (or more) of IRCC recognized occupations.


The self-employed persons program provides a fast-track immigration road-map for persons with relevant experience in any one (or more) of the below areas/fields:
  • Farming (terminated)
  • Athletics
  • Recreation related occupations
  • Sports
  • Art and cultural occupations

In this program, the applicant must prove he or she has had relevant experience in an occupation in any one or more of the above fields. The applicant must also prove that once a permanent resident, he or she will able to contribute and excel in his or her respective field in Canada. The phrase “relevant work experience” means that the applicant should be able to prove that he or she has had at least 2 years of experience as a self-employed person, OR, has participated at an international level in sports, art, culture, or recreation activity occupations recognised by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).


To see the list of occupations recognised by IRCC for this specific program, click here.


Eligibility Criteria

There are 5 selection factors, among which a total of 100 points are distributed. To be successful in the self-employed persons category, the applicant must score a minimum of 35 points out of the total 100. The selection grid has been exhibited below:

  • Language (English/French)
  • Age
  • Work Experience
  • Education
  • Adaptability


Processing Timelines:

The current processing time announced by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the Federal Self-Employed persons program is 24 months.


Processing Fees:

The application processing fee for self-employed person category is C$1050. This is exclusive of the Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) which is C$490 per adult in the application. Adding a dependent or child will cost C$150.

Self-Employed Persons Program Fees
Application processing fee C$1050
Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) C$490
Including a spouse or common-law partner C$1040
Including a dependent child C$150


List of occupations recognised by IRCC with respect to the Self-Employed Persons Program:

Below is the list of occupations recognised by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the Federal Self-Employed persons program. As farming related occupations are currently terminated the occupation list has been broadly classified into occupations in art and culture related sectors, and, occupations in recreation, sports and athletics related sectors.

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