Who Can Apply for Self Employed Immigration?
To apply for permanent residence status under the self-employed stream requires that you have relevant experience in either cultural or athletic activities. Relevant experience is further defined. For cultural activities, an applicant must demonstrate 2 one-year periods being self-employed in cultural activities, or 2 one-year periods participating in a world-class level in cultural activities, or a combination of the two. This 2 years of experience must have occurred within the last 5 years before application.
For athletics, the requirements are similar: 2 one-year periods being self-employed in athletics or 2 one-year periods participating at a world-class level in athletics, or a combination of both. This 2 years of experience must have occurred within the last 5 years before application.
How to Apply for Self Employed Immigration
- Complete application on line and print it.
- Pay fees.
- Submit application.
Complete application on line and print it. You can locate Generic Application Form for Canada [IMM 0008] (PDF, 553.83 KB) and complete the application on line. When complete, download and print the entire application, including the bar code page. Sign and date the application. There is also a Document Checklist (PDF, 384.24 KB). Use this checklist to gather the necessary supporting documentation. A complete application requires accurate and complete information, signatures, language test results, medical exam and police checks, fingerprints and photo, and all necessary fees.
Pay fees. Current fees are $2140. All fees must now be paid on line. These fees include: process fees for you and eligible family members; Right of Permanent Residence fee, biometrics fees, and any third party fees, such as doctors.
Submit application. The application time for self-employed immigration is prolonged, up to 41 months. All information must be complete and accurate. There are consequences to submitting intentional and even unintentional misstatements. Your application can be refused, you can be found to be inadmissible, or you could be barred for 5 years from applying to come to Canada for any reason.
Self-Employed Immigration Eligibility Requirements
This self-employed category is intended to include creative workers—music teachers, painters, illustrators, filmmakers, freelance journalists—as well as the creatives who support these professionals, such as choreographers, set designers, coaches, and trainers. You can check to see if your occupation qualifies: https://noc.esdc.gc.ca/Home
The 2 years of relevant experience must have occurred within the last 5 years.
Participation in cultural activities or athletics on a world-class level targets performers who have an international reputation or who perform at the highest levels of their discipline.
What Is the Intent and Ability to be Self Employed in Canada?
Each applicant must demonstrate the intent and ability to be self-employed in Canada. This means that the applicant must show sufficient funds to engage in self-employment and to support any family members while being self-employed in Canada. The exact amount of money needed to establish ability depends on the underlying employment category. Past success at supporting oneself through cultural or athletic activities is relevant to the application process.
How Is Self Employed Eligibility Assessed in Canada?
A point system is used to assess eligibility. Successful candidates must reach a minimum score of 35 out of 100. Points are assigned for each of these factors:
- Experience: 35 pts. To earn the maximum of 35 pts. an applicant must have 5 years of relevant experience.
- Age: 10 pts. To earn the maximum of 10 pts, an applicant must be between 21-50 years of age, with no points assigned for under 17 or over 54 years of age.
- Education: 25 pts. To earn the maximum of 25 pts, an applicant must have a master’s or doctorate, or the equivalent of 17 years of full time study.
- Official language proficiency: 24 pts. To earn the maximum of 24 pts, the applicant must score a 16 on the first language and an 8 on the second language.
- Adaptability: 6 pts. To earn the maximum of 6 pts, the applicant’s spouse or common law partner’s education levels will be assessed, along with whether there is prior work experience in Canada, or relatives are currently living in Canada.
Begin Your Self Employed Application Now With Trusted Immigration Counsel
If you are seeking permanent resident status by relocating your cultural or athletic career to Canada, you can trust the knowledge and experience of Canadian Currents Immigration to guide you through the process. Completing the application, gathering together the necessary documentation, and even strategizing the timing of an application can all be daunting. With the aid of an experienced immigration lawyer at Canadian Currents Immigration, you can apply for Self-Employed status once we determine your eligibility.
Our immigration lawyers at Canadian Currents Immigration will review your status to determine your eligibility for Self-Employed status and to help you through the various steps needed to complete your application.
Start with a confidential 30-minute consultation with a Canadian Currents Immigration immigration lawyer in Vancouver.
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