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.
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
- the purchase and management of a farm (for applicants before March 10, 2018)
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