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Requirements for Self-Employed Immigration Canada

Some applicants may immigrate to Canada as self-employed people. Under federal options, self-employed immigration covers cultural activities and athletics only. However, there are two-stage options available to other groups of self-employed persons.

The following articles and videos cover different aspects of self-employed immigration to Canada. Click on the titles of your interest to read the full article:

Canada enjoys a cultural mosaic or rather collection of different cultures in harmony and next to each other. Therefore, the Canadian immigration system welcomes different cultures to the country. Not surprisingly, there is an option for artist immigration to Canada.

Subsection 88(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) defines a self-employed person in athletics based on their relevant experience, their intention and ability to be self-employed in Canada, and significant contribution to the Canadian economy with respect to their self-employment activities.

In order to 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.

As a self-employed person, you must be self-sustained. Consequently, you need to show your income from your self-employed activities could cover you and your dependent family members’ expenses. Generally speaking, family members include your spouse or common-law partner and your dependent children. Of course, a dependent child is a child who is under 22 and not married. Nonetheless, an older child could also be a dependent due to physical or mental disability.

The qualifying period begins five years before the submission of the application. However, it only ends when an immigration officer decides on the case. In other words, the beginning of it is clear. However, the end of the qualifying period depends on the processing time.

The amount of investment depends on the nature of your job. Here are some examples:

  1. An athlete who intends to run an academy in Canada: You probably need to invest $100,000 or more. Such activities require significant investment in marketing, inventory, and equipment.
  2. A painting artist who wants to establish a gallery: Similarly, your investment needs to be significant. You need to either pay a hefty monthly rent or purchase a gallery. Of course, you also need to pay for advertisement, inventory, and hiring helpers.
  3. A hockey coach who seeks to teach at local clubs: If you intend to sign agreements with local clubs, then your investment will probably be minimal. However, you still need some money to advertise and do other marketing activities.
  4. An author and editor who intends to continue the same route in Canada: As an author, you probably need a laptop and a business card. Therefore, the amount that you need to invest is not much.

When you apply as a self-employed artist or athlete, you must meet the minimum requirements. Of course, if you don’t, then the officer will refuse your application. IELTS or other language tests are not part of the minimum criteria at the moment. However, self-employed immigration has a point system as well. You need to receive at least 35 points out of a 100-point system. Language tests could help you get up to 24 points.

Canada’s International Mobility Program (IMP) is a way for Canadian employers to hire international temporary workers where Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) doesn’t affect the work permit requests from immigrants. This IMP program has an LMIA exemption code C11, which lets entrepreneurs and self-employed individuals apply for a work permit that does not require LMIA.

The government of Canada aims to welcome up to 1,000 new permanent residents per year under the Federal Business Immigrant Category. This category includes the Start-up Visa Program (SUD) and Self-employed Class (SE2), both having a high demand of applications.

This article will explain why accepting 1,000 new permanent residents in the Federal Business Immigrant Category doesn’t even make considerable progress in working through existing applications. In addition, any new influx of applications would take over 5 years to be processed at the current rate, which poses new challenges itself.

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