How Can You Immigrate To Canada As A Self-employed Worker


Immigrating to the Great White North is a dream for lots of workers all over the world. But many of these workers don’t know that if they have a previous relevant experience in the cultural/artisanal, athletic (at an international level) or agricultural areas, they might be eligible to immigrate to Canada in the Federal Self-Employed Program . And since they want to come as self-employed workers , no job offer is required. But among other requirements, candidates must have at least two years of professional experience in these areas. Check the full list below according to the National Occupational Classification ( NOC).

NOC Professional Occupations in Art and Culture
5111 Librarians
5112 Conservators and Curators
5113 Archivists
5121 Authors and Writers
5122 Editors
5123 Journalists
5124 Professional Occupations in Public Relations and Communications
5125 Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters
5131 Producers, Directors, Choreographers and Related Occupations
5132 Conductors, Composers, and Arrangers
5133 Musicians and Singers
5134 Dancers
5135 Actors and Comedians
5136 Painters, Sculptors, and Other Visual Artists
NOC Technical and Skilled Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport
5211 Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants
5212 Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries
5221 Photographers
5222 Film and Video Camera Operators
5223 Graphic Arts Technicians
5224 Broadcast Technicians
5225 Audio and Video Recording Technicians
5226 Other Technical and Co-ordinating Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
5227 Support Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
5231 Announcers and Other Broadcasters
5232 Other Performers
5241 Graphic Designers and Illustrators
5242 Interior Designers
5243 Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers
5244 Artisans and Craftspersons
5245 Patternmakers – Textile, Leather and Fur Products
5251 Athletes
5252 Coaches
5253 Sports Officials and Referees
5254 Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport, and Fitness


Although there are not many prerequisites, it is not just come to Canada and be your own boss. The candidates for this pool need to attend other federal requirements. Also, the province of Quebec runs its own business immigration program for self-employment with its own specifications. For the federal program, the requirements are: be part in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level or; work as self-employed in cultural activities or athletics or; experienced in managing a farm. Also, applicants must meet the self-employed criteria, as well as the medical and security criteria. In addition, candidates who wish to purchase a farm must have at least two years of farm management experience.

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Besides the professional experience, it will be also taken in considering the level of education, the age, the language abilities, the adaptability and other information about the candidate. The maximum possible score is 100: 25 per Education, 35 per Experience, 10 per Age, 24 per Ability in English and/or French and 6 per Adaptability.

Finally, the applicant and his or her family must have a medical exam and police certificates. Also, they must prove to have enough incomes to pay for living expenses in Canada. As part of the immigration process, applicants may need an interview. During the interview, a visa officer may ask about possible unclear or inconsistent information. The officer might also inquire about shortcomings or gaps in the documents provided, among other questions.


About The Author

Deborah Coutinho Deborah Coutinho Journalist from Rio de Janeiro currently writing about Immigration in Montreal, Quebec. I'm passionate about culture, arts, communication and internet. And if you admire Canada as much as me and want to keep updated, this blog is the right place for you.

Mercan Group has the experience and expertise to guide you through your application process, from picking an immigration category to giving you all the preparation need and filing your application forms. Also, preparing you for an interview with the Immigration Office and following up with the Visa. We would be delighted to be your representative in a Federal Self-Employed Program, a Provincial Nominee Program or any other working program you pick. In all of these cases, you can count on Mercan Group of Companies to help you to immigrate to Canada. Contact us.

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