Self-employed persons class

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Note: New applications under the farm management stream of the self-employed program will no longer be accepted. See the Ministerial Instructions on the self-employed persons class.

This section describes how to process applications for permanent residence submitted by applicants in the Self-employed persons class.

A self-employed person is a foreign national who has relevant experience and has the intention and ability to be self-employed in Canada and to make a significant contribution in Canada to one of the following:

  • cultural activities
  • athletics
  • the purchase and management of a farm (for applicants before March 10, 2018)

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