Self Employed Cultural Path to PR - Visa For You

Self-Employed Cultural Path to PR

Avail the opportunities to be self-employed in Canada. Be an author, writer, or athlete based on your abilities.
The Self-Employed person program is an initiative that is meant for the people who are willing to be self-employed in Canada.
The only demand from those people is to be proficient in athletics, cultural activities, or other such aspects to be able to contribute to the foundation of the program in Canada.

Significant Contribution in Terms of Cultural Activities and Athletics

A significant contribution here is defined as the validation that is done by the immigration officer for determining whether the applicant has qualities to contribute to the Self-Employed Persons Program in Canada. IRCC has advised the officers not to entertain the applications that do not meet the eligibility requirements. For instance, if one has knowledge in dance, then he/she can be a dance teacher in Canada town, which is termed to be a significant contribution.
Every person who has some sort of athletic skills or is proficient in cultural activities can be a part of this program. As per the occupation guidelines set by the authority, the people who are part of Unit Group 5 under NOC are qualified for this program. Unit Group 5 consists of people who have or had occupations in culture, art, sport, or recreation that can sign-up to this program.












What is the Eligibility of The Program?

There are four main requirements set by the authorities for you to be eligible for the self-employed person program. The requirements include:

  • You need to be capable of contributing your skills for self-employment in Canada.
  • If you are traveling with family, then everyone needs to pass the medical tests and produce certificates to prove your livelihood in a country for at least more than six months after you were 18.
  • You must have at least five years of experience in your work or occupation before the date of application. Moreover, while the application will be reviewed for athletic or cultural activity skills, you must have evidence to prove that you have at least 2-year experience in self-employment or participation in international activities. One-year experience in each field will also count as eligible.
  • You need to get at least 35 points out of 100 for meeting the selection criteria designated for the self-employed people.

Process of Application & Required Documents

There is no scope of applying for this self-employed person program online. You need to apply it only through the mail. You need to sign all the required forms, fill the details, attach the required documents, pay the amount and then send the application to this mail id.

Below are some of the essential criteria that require consideration, along with supporting documents. For complete better document-related guidance, you can check out this guide.

Biometric Proof Requirements

All the people who are applying for the self-employed person program must have to submit their biometrics through scanning or photographs.

Medical Exam Requirement

IRCC will authorize you as a medical expert from whom you need to get your medical tests done. Only after you pass the test, your application will be processed further.

Application Fees

The application fee for the self-employed person program is a total of $2075. The break down of this amount will be $1575 for business immigration and $500 for RPRF (Right of Permanent Residence Fee).

If you are taking your family along with you, then for your spouse, you need to pay an application fee of $825 along with $500 for RPRF. If you have a child who is dependent upon you, then you might need to pay an additional amount of $225 for each child.

The business immigration and the application fee are non-refundable after the processing of the application is begun. If you change your plans to move to Canada or your application gets rejected, you will only get the RPRF amount in the refund.

Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program

Quebec has its self-employment program for which you must not go through the self-employed person program. The self-employed Worker Program in Quebec have completed different eligibility requirements, and the application process also varies.

To know more about this program, check here.

Processing Time of Self-Employed Persons Program

Every application that is submitted for the self-employed Persons Program takes a time span of 24 months.

A Visa For You Immigration specialist will be in the best position to help you determine if you can apply under this program. Please complete our Immigration Assessment Form to find out from one of our immigration specialists if you would qualify under this program.


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