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Self-employed Person Requirements

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.

A self-employed person in Canada means a foreign national who has relevant experience, has an intention and can be self-employed in Canada and can contribute to Canada’s economy in one of the mandatory areas.

Note that valid experience for a self-employed immigration to Canada must be at least two years of experience in a five year period before the day you apply. The experience must be:

  • For purchasing and running a farm:

Two one-year periods of running a farm.

  • For athletics:

  1. Two one-year periods taking part at a world-class level in athletics, or
  2. Two one-year periods of self-employment in athletics, or
  3. A combination of a one-year period described in A above, and a one-year period described in B above.
  • For cultural activities:

  1. Two one-year periods taking part at a world-class level in cultural activities, or
  2. Two one-year periods of self-employment in cultural activities, or
  3. A combination of a one-year period described in A above, and a one-year period described in B above.

A person’s financial property may also be a determining factor of intent and ability to start up in Canada. There is no minimum investment level for a self-employed person. But applicants must have sufficient capital to create an employment opportunity for themselves and provide for themselves and their family members. This includes the ability to be self-sustaining in the process of establishing self-employment.

Note that for immigrating as a self-employed person you may need Canadian Self-Employed visa.

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