Canada wishes to attract newcomers with world-class skills who are able to employ themselves once they arrive in Canada. Applicants can employ themselves in cultural or athletic activities, or through managing a farm in Canada. The Federal Self-Employed Persons Program seeks to attract applicants who have the intention and ability to become self-employed in Canada.

Self-employed persons are required to have either the relevant experience that will make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada or have experience in farm management and the intention and ability to purchase and manage a farm in Canada. Once granted, applicants will obtain permanent residence and be able to work and live in Canada with their families.

Federal Self-Employed Visa Basic Requirements

In order to apply for the Federal Self-Employed visa, applicants must provide evidence of their experience in athletic, cultural, or farming activities, have sufficient funds to support their family upon their arrival and demonstrate their intention and ability to become self-employed in Canada. In addition, they will also have to meet some additional requirements.

Eligible self-employed applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have experience in either participation at a world-class level in cultural activities or athletics, farm management experience, or self-employment in cultural activities or athletics;
  • Possess the intention and ability to become self-employed in the province or territory of destination;
  • Possess sufficient English or French language skills;
  • Obtain at least 35 points on a points-based assessment; and
  • Possess sufficient settlement funds to support their family in Canada.

Federal Self-Employed Visa Entitlements

Once a Federal Self-Employed applicant becomes a landed immigrant, they are free to settle anywhere in Canada, and work or pursue further study or invest in a business. Applicants will have access to Canada’s first-rate communication facilities, a highly trained workforce, special taxation incentives for business investment, and close geographical access to the wider North American market. Other benefits of holding permanent residence include access to government-subsidized health care, subsidized education, and the ability to apply for citizenship once eligible.