Self-employed persons must have the intention and ability to create their own employment. They are expected to contribute to the cultural or athletic life of Canada. They may create their own employment by purchasing and managing farm in Canada.
The applicant is required to demonstrate his or her previous business or cultural experience and sufficient financial resources. The applicant must prove that his or her business will create enough income to provide for the support of the applicant and his or her dependants. People who might qualify under this category include artists, actors, musicians, athletes, etc.
Self-employed persons are not required to provide jobs for other Canadians. In this category, no minimum net worth and no investment are required, and no conditions are imposed upon admission.
Self-employed persons are assessed under all of the selection criteria applied to independent applicants, with the exception of the category of arranged employment (please see Skilled Worker for details). In addition, a self-employed applicant will receive a bonus of 30 points if he or she meets the definition of a self-employed person and the visa officer is convinced that the applicant will be able to become successfully established in Canada.
Immigrating to Canada as a Self-employed Person
As a self-employed person, you must have relevant experience in cultural activities, athletics or farm management. You must also have the intention and ability to establish a business that will, at a minimum, create employment for yourself. You must make a significant contribution to cultural activities or athletics or purchase and manage a farm in Canada.
No immigration conditions are imposed on this class. You must have enough money to support yourself and your family members after you arrive in Canada.
Self-employed Persons ,Regulatory Requirements "Self-employed person"means a foreign national who has relevant experience and has the intention and ability to be self-employed in Canada and to make a significant contribution to specified economic activities in Canada.
"Relevant experience"in respect of a self-employed person, means at least two years in the period beginning five years before the date of application for a permanent resident visa and ending on the day a determination is made in respect of the application, in the following types of experience:
-Self-employment in cultural activities or in athletics, and
-Participation at a world-class level in cultural activities or athletics, or
-Farm management experience.