Self-Employed Program :

To qualify for the Self-Employed program, applicants must have the relevant experience.

You must provide proof of at least two years of relevant work experience in the applicant’s profession within the five years prior to their application. Professional athletes and individuals in the arts and culture industry must either provide evidence of:

2 years of being self-employed within their industry, or
2 years of participating at a world-class events and activities within their profession , or
A combination of one year of each one of the above requirements
Self-employed applicants wishing to operate a farm must be have 2 years of farm management experience within the five-year prior to their application.

Selection Criteria

Applicants must score a minimum of 35 points out of 100 if they wish to immigrate to Canada under the self-employed stream.

Selection Criteria Maximum Points
Education 25
Experience 35
Age 10
Language 24
Adaptability 6
Total 100

The additional Medical exams, police certificates and sufficient settlement funds are required.

Qualifying Activities Under the Self-Employed stream

Professional Occupations in Art and Culture

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 Sport

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