Self-Employed Persons Program – Permanent resident in Canada

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Self-Employed Persons Program – Permanent resident in Canada

If there ever was more reason to love your passion for athletics and culture, then this is it right here! You can now apply for permanent residency in Canada with your athletic and cultural skills via the Self-Employed Persons Program!

What is the Self-Employed Persons Program?

Canada’s Self-Employed Persons Program is an immigration program for talented individuals who can make a significant contribution to the country’s cultural life or sports. Candidates with experience in cultural or athletic activities, along with a genuine intention to contribute to Canada’s cultural life or sports, can apply under this program and access a pathway to permanent residency in the country!

This immigration program is slightly different from Canada’s other immigration programs. For instance, candidates under the Self-Employed Persons Program do not need to have a minimum net worth requirement, which is one of the most fundamental requirements for Canada’s business immigration programs!

However, candidates must prove to the Canadian government that they have the pecuniary capability of settling in the country – along with their dependents – and financing the work which they are applying for.

What are the eligible occupations under this Program?

Under the Self-Employed Persons Program, candidates can pursue occupations in Canada’s artistic, cultural and athletic fields. Such occupations include:

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

For an extended list of the eligible occupations under this Program, contact our RCIC registered immigration lawyers!

What are the eligibility factors?

Candidates will be awarded points on several selection factors, with a fixed total number of points required to overcome Canada’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

The factors and their maximum available points include:

Selection Factors

Maximum Points Available







Ability in English or French







Candidates require 35 points to pass the CRS and qualify for the Self-Employed Persons Program for permanent immigration to Canada.

What are the benefits of this Program?

Applying under this program will give you the chance to obtain permanent residency in Canada, and you will be able to enjoy all the benefits as a Canadian permanent resident, including:

  • Living, working and studying in Canada permanently;
  • Free primary and secondary education for your children in Canada’s excellent public education system;
  • Medical insurance under Canada’s publicly-funded universal health care scheme – Medicare;
  • Applying for Canadian citizenship;
  • Sponsoring your family members to join you in Canada.

How do I apply?

The best way to apply for permanent residency in Canada with the Self-Employed Persons Program is with the help of eduaid! Get in touch with our RCIC registered immigration lawyers, or visit our offices for more information and assistance!