Immigrate as a self-employed person: About the process


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Check application processing times

You may need to give biometrics with your application. This processing time includes the time you need to give your biometrics.

Status: paused until January 2027

We stopped accepting applications for this program on April 30, 2024.
Learn more about this pause.

The Self-employed Persons Program allows people to immigrate to Canada permanently as a self-employed person.

If you’re interested in this program, you must:

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

Want to live in Quebec?

If you plan to live in Quebec as a business immigrant, you must first apply to the Government of Québec for a Selection Certificate.

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