According to the IRCC, the self employed program allows people to immigrate to Canada as a self employed person. }
Those that are interested in this program must have relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics and be willing and able to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada
What is considered a relevant experience?
Relevant experience in this stream will consider your experience of at least two years in the past five years
At a minimum, your experience must be
For Cultural activities: 2 one year periods of being self-employed in cultural activities or2 one year periods of participating at a world class level in cultural activities or a combination of a one year period of cultural activities and a one year period of participation at a world class level in cultural activities
For Athletics: 2 One year periods of being self-employed in athletics or 2 one year periods of participating at a world class level in athletics or a combination of a one year period of being self employed in athletics and a one year period of participating at a world class level in athletics
Will I be assessed under a points-based system?
The self-employed stream is a points based system that assesses your Education, experience, age, ability in English and/or French and your adaptability.
Applicants will have to get a minimum of 35 points which will be graded based on your five selection factors.
What is the processing time?
According to the IRCC, it may take up to 23 months to process your application.
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Things to think about
Do a quick self assessment at the IRCC website to get an idea of your score. Apprach any immigration professional including Alpha Abroad for a comprehensive assessment
Language assessments can always be improved. Do not get demotivated if your language scores are lower. There are countless language training institutions that would train you to improve your score.
Cultural and sports activities are often confused with other small business practices. Always consult with a licensened immigration consultant or an immigration lawyer to get an intricate understanding of what experience would count towards the self-employed stream.
Submit documents on time. When you don't it creates unnecessary delays or even negatively impact your application.
Review your application before submission. Chances are you might ahve made a mistake and reviewing your application might help you correct it.