Federal Self-Employed Program

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Federal Self-Employed Program is for applicants who have relevant experience in qualifying activities and have the intention and ability to be self-employed to make a significant contribution to specified economic activities in Canada. Under this program, applicants along with their dependent family members obtain permanent resident status in Canada.


1) Demonstration of minimum 2 (two) years work experience in the past 5 (five) years within the field of cultural activities, athletics or farming,


2) Participation in cultural activities or athletics at a ‘world-class level’.


Librarians, conservators, curators, archivists,

Authors, writers, editors, journalists,

Translators, terminologists and interpreters,

Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations,

Conductors, composers, arrangers, musicians, singers, dancers, actors, comedians,

Painters, sculptors and other visual artists,

Library and public archive technicians, technical occupations related to museums and art galleries,

Photographers, film and video camera operators,

Graphic arts technicians, broadcast technicians, audio and video recording technicians,

Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts,

Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts,

Announcers and other broadcasters, other performers, (n.e.c.)

Graphic designers and illustrators,

Interior designers and interior decorators,

Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers,

Artisans and craftspersons,

Patternmakers - textile, leather and fur products,

Athletes, coaches, sports officials, referees,

Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness.


Applicants must demonstrate a sufficient financial net worth which enables the applicant to be self-employed in order to make a significant contribution to specified economic activities in Canada and further, to meet the initial settlement costs for the applicant and accompanying dependents.


Self-employed persons and their family members who have lived in Canada for 3 (three) out of 5 (five) years (1,095 days) preceding the application are eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship.


Applicants are required to undergo a medical check and must have no criminal record.

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