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Selection Factors for Self-employed Category

A foreign national who gained at least two years of work experience in the past five years as a self-employed in cultural activities, for athletics, or through managing a farm may be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Self-Employed Persons Program.

To be eligible you must meet selection factors for self-employed category:

  • Meet the definition of a self-employed person.
  • Get at least 35 points after we grade you based on our five selection criteria and point system.

You can get a maximum of 25 points for education criteria, 35 – for the level of experience, 10 – for your age, 24 – ability in English and/or French and 6 – for adaptability. Well, if you get all maximum points in each selection category, you should have 100 points in total, which is the maximum possible score.

The pass mark for self-employed immigration in Canada is currently 35 points, but it may change. So, make sure you often visit this site if you’re thinking about immigrating to Canada as a self-employed immigrant.

We select candidates based on:

  • Your score under each of the selection criteria.
  • The documents that you provide.
  • You meet the definition of a self-employed person.

Also, you should know that as a part of the immigration process, you may need to attend an interview. During it, a visa officer will ask you to give details about:

  • Information that is inconsistent or unclear.
  • Gaps or shortcomings in the documents that you provide.

If there is any difference between your statement of your qualifications and the visa officer’s evaluation, we go with the officer’s conclusion. Note that you may also need visa for self-employed to go to Canada.

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