canadian self employed immigration program

Canada’s  Federal Self-Employed Program  allows self-employed people to immigrate to Canada permanently. There are economic immigration programs in Canada that do not take self-employment into account. The Self-Employed Program provides an excellent opportunity for self-employed people to migrate to Canada and get permanent resident status. The applicant must demonstrate relevant artistic or athletic experience that has allowed them to be self-employed while living in their home country. If your self-employment occupation falls under one of these categories as classified by the National Occupation Classification of Canada, then you can apply as the Self-Employed Program.

Foreign nationals looking to immigrate to Canada as self-employed persons or freelancers can apply to this program. However, there are many requirements that you need to meet and documents to submit. At Dastur Immigration Services, we give you the best advice about which program is right for you. With the help of our immigration specialists, you are in a better position to strengthen your profile and be selected as one of the successful applicants under this program.


  • Painter
  • Dancer
  • Journalist
  • Writer
  • Musician
  • Designer


  • Sports Coach
  • Athlete
  • Referee
  • Program Leaders

Requirements for the Self-Employed Program

To immigrate as a self-employed person, you must:

  • Have relevant experience in the cultural or athletic fields mentioned above. For instance, you must have a minimum of 2 one-year periods being self-employed in athletics or cultural activities.
  • Be willing and able to be self-employed in Canada
  • Meet the program’s selection criteria. The Canadian immigration office will assess your experience, education, age, language abilities, and adaptability.
  • Meet medical, security and other conditions. If you’re bringing your family members, you and your family members must have a medical exam and police certificates. You should proof of fund to demonstrate you have enough money to support yourself and your family.

How Dastur Immigration  Services Can Help You?

When you contact us, we work with you closely to understand your situation and needs. We explain every aspect of this program and determine if you’re eligible for it. We guide you on how to prepare all documents and assist you with the application process. Include all the forms, information, documents, signatures, language test results, and fees that the immigration office has asked for. Once your application is submitted, you will receive an Acknowledgment of Receipt also known as an AOR. We provide you with all updates so you can start preparing for your arrival in Canada if your application gets accepted.

Ready for the Next Step?

At Dastur Immigration, we have knowledgeable professionals who know all about Canadian immigration policies, regulations, and selection criteria. We have worked with foreign nationals in different immigration programs. Contact us to book your 1-on-1 consultation now or fill out our self-assessment form. We will get back to you within one business day to let you know if you’re eligible under the Self-Employed Program.

Frequently Ask Questions

Individuals interested in immigrating to Quebec  should know that the province has a separate selection system for self-employed people. Contact our immigration specialist to know more about this system and how you can apply.

An Applicant can receive a maximum possible score of 100. The pass mark is currently 35 points, but it may change. The maximum points for each selection criterion are Education (25), Experience (35), Age (10), Ability in English and/or French (24), Adaptability (6).

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