Immigrate as a self-employed person

The Self-Employed Program seeks to bring people who will become self-employed in Canada. They must have:

  • relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics, and
  • intend and be able to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada

1. Find out if you’re eligible

Find out if you are eligible to immigrate to Canada as a self-employed person.

2. Apply

Follow the steps to apply as a self-employed person.

Do you want to buy or manage a farm in Canada?

As of March 10, 2018, we are no longer accepting new applications under the farm management stream of the Self-Employed Person Program.

3. Check processing times

Find out how long it will take us to process your application.

4. Find out what to do after you apply

Learn what you should do after you apply to come to Canada.

5. Prepare to arrive

Know what to expect when you arrive in Canada.


Find out if you are eligible

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