Immigration to Canada under the Federal Self-employed Program

Canada welcomes tens of thousands of immigrants every year. A large group of those people immigrate to Canada under Federal programs. These programs target the individuals who want to live in any province or territory of Canada but Quebec. Some of these immigrants are self-employed people. The Federal Government of Canada currently accepts two groups of self-employed applicants.

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Main criteria for Self-employed immigration

Self-employed MusicianTo succeed under each category, a person needs to meet the following criteria (sections 88(1) and 100 to 105 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations):

  1. At least two years of acceptable self-employment or international activity in the qualifying period
  2. The ability and intent to establish their self-employment business in Canada
  3. The ability to contribute to the Canadian economy because of their future business activities in our country
  4. Collecting enough points from the selection grid

The qualifying period begins five years before applying to the immigration authorities and ends when an officer decides the case. For example, if you submitted your application on June 1, 2019, and the officer decided on your case on October 5, 2020, the qualifying period is from June 1, 2014, to October 5, 2020. It is impossible to predict the date an officer decides on the case. Consequently, you need to submit your documents only when you have accumulated at least two years of satisfactory work experience.

Selection points for Self-employed immigration

The selection points do not play an essential role in this method of immigration. You only need 35 points out of 100 points to succeed. However, almost all refusals refer to the first three criteria (i.e. experience, ability and intent, and significant contribution). Here is a brief breakdown of the selections points:

  • Education – up to 25 points
  • Experience – up to 35 points
  • Age – up to 10 points
  • Ability in English or French languages – up to 24 points
  • Adaptability (education or work in Canada, educated spouse or common-law partner, or having a qualifying family member in Canada) – up to 6 points

Learn more about Self-employed immigration

To know more about this method of immigration, read the following articles. I will add more to this list in the future.

The self-employed program is not an easy method of application. It targets professionals only. If you do not qualify for any other stream of immigration to Canada, you may not replace them with this option. In other words, this method is not for someone who knows how to play the piano or play basketball. It is for professional pianists and basketball players. I have represented several applicants in this group since 2011. Take my words and apply only if you meet the requirements.

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    Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (class L3 RCIC-IRB – Unrestricted Practice) in Toronto, Canada. He is an adjunct professor at Queen's University Law School and Ashton College. Al, who holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from York University, is a member of CICC and CAPIC organizations. Al, the CEO of Parsai Immigration Services, has represented thousands of applicants from more than 50 countries to the immigration authorities since January 2011.

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