self employed

Immigrate based on your creative
or cultural business

Canada values the contributions of people who support themselves through work in cultural or athletic activities. Self employment in fields such as the creative and performing arts, journalists and editors, interior designers or athletics can qualify you for Canadian permanent residence.

See here for a full list of qualifying occupations.

By demonstrating two years of work experience within the last five years in one of the listed occupations, as well as a certain degree of fluency in English or French and educational requirements, you may be able to qualify as a self-employed person.

As with all economic immigration categories, applicants in the self-employed category are screened for serious medical or criminal problems. If you are concerned about your health condition, please see HERE.

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