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:
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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.
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:
The current processing time announced by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the Federal Self-Employed persons program is 24 months.
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|
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|
|5112||Conservators and Curators|
|5121||Authors and Writers|
|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|
|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|
|5222||Film and Video Camera Operators|
|5223||Graphic Arts 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|
|5241||Graphic Designers and Illustrators|
|5243||Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers|
|5244||Artisans and Craftspersons|
|5245||Patternmakers – Textile, Leather and Fur Products|
|5253||Sports Officials and Referees|
|5254||Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness|