Updated: July 4th, 2024

Self Employed Persons Visa

Self-employed people are also welcome to immigrate to Canada on a specific business visa. The Self-Employed Persons Program offers a direct route to becoming a permanent resident for those who are professionals in athletics or cultural fields. This opportunity comes with the exciting challenge of making a significant contribution to the Canadian economy.

Eligibility Requirements for The Self-Employed

To become eligible for this business visa, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum of two years of experience in athletics or cultural activities at a world-class level.
  • The experience must be gained in the 5 years before you request this visa type.
  • Proof that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your relocation to Canada.
  • Proof that you will significantly contribute to Canada’s economy in either athletics or cultural activities.
  • To ensure you have the mandatory skills required, you must score a minimum of 67 on the point-based selection grid. The point-based system calculates your score based on experience, education, language proficiency, age, and adaptability.
  • Undergo security and criminal checks and health exam reports.

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To learn more about how you can get a self-employed persons visa, get in touch with UIS Canada’s team of experienced immigration consultants, and enjoy our expertise and guidance throughout the process. We have the knowledge and experience to give you the seamless process you deserve.


What is the pool?
To be included in the pool you must qualify for one of the specific immigration programs listed under Express Entry. You must also score a minimum of 67 points on your immigration profile. Points are awarded for educational and professional qualifications, work experience, age, language ability, and more. The Canadian government selects the most suitable candidates from the pool and issues them with an official invitation (known as ITA) to become Canadian residents.
How many points do I need to get selected?
The Express Entry system uses what it called the Comprehensive Ranking System, a formula that takes into account your education, skills and experience, those of your husband/wife or partner, and whether you have a specific job offer. These factors go to build up your score out of a possible maximum of 1200. As mentioned, the higher the points you score, the greater the possibility to be selected from the pool.
How long does it take to move to Canada?
The idea of starting a new life in Canada is very exciting. But please be prepared that getting selected for an immigration program takes time. This is why the Express Entry program is extremely popular - the Canadian government aims to select candidates within 6 months. Time may significantly vary between immigration programs; the individual process of each program, government policies, the complexity of your case, and more, may affect the time it would take you to move to Canada.
Are there any goverment fees?
Like many other countries worldwide the Canadian government charges fees for the processing of immigration entries. Depending on the specific program you entered, the size and age of your family, and more – you may need a few hundred to several thousand Canadian dollars. Please note that all government fees are non-refundable. This is one of many reasons you should prepare well for your immigration process, gain as much knowledge as you can, and if possible, seek help from professionals in this field.

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