The Self-Employed Visa comes under the Business immigration visa category. This visa is designed to attract applicants who have an aptitude for cultural, artistic, or athletic fields of employment. The intending candidates must demonstrate that they have the necessary relevant experience in their artistic or athletic field of interest while living in your country of origin.
This is to prove that the applicant has the ability to significantly contribute in his/her field through their skill set and experience in Canada. However, the Self-employed candidates who would prefer to live in Quebec should apply under the Quebec Self-Employed Program.
To be eligible for this program, the applicants must have the relevant experience, intention, and ability to either:
The National Occupation Classification of Canada has issued a list of all the possible career options that fall under the two categories.
1. Professional Occupations in Art and Culture
|Conservators and Curators
|Authors and Writers
|Professional Occupations in Public Relations and Communications
|Translators, Terminologists, and Interpreters
|Producers, Directors, Choreographers, and Related Occupations
|Conductors, Composers, and Arrangers
|Musicians and Singers
|Actors and Comedians
|Painters, Sculptors, and Other Visual Artists
2. Technical and Skilled Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport
|Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants
|Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries
|Film and Video Camera Operators
|Graphic Arts Technicians
|Audio and Video Recording Technicians
|Other Technical and Co-ordinating Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
|Support Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
|Announcers and Other Broadcasters
|Graphic Designers and Illustrators
|Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers
|Artisans and Craftsperson
|Patternmakers – Textile, Leather, and Fur Products
|Sports Officials and Referees
|Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness
To qualify for the Self-Employed program, the applicant needs to accumulate points based on the following mentioned categories, to be eligible to give you a profile score and enhance your chances of being selected from the pool of candidates.
|Minimum 2 years of experience in your choice of field (this can point up to 5 years)
|Relevant skills related qualifications in your field
|Should be ideally between 18-35
|Proficiency in Canada's official languages, i.e., English or French
|How easily the candidate can assimilate into the Canadian society
Below is the step-by-step guide to applying under this category:
The average time required to process the application for a Self-employed Visa is 24 months. However, the entire processing time depends on how quickly IRCC is taking to do the same. It is important to note that some candidates might have to submit biometrics under this process.
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