Selection factors - Self-employed people

To qualify as a self-employed immigrant, you must:

  • meet the definition of a self-employed person
  • get a minimum of 35 points after we grade you based on our five selection criteria and point system
Selection criteria Maximum points Your score
Education 25  
Experience 35  
Age 10  
Ability in English and/or French 24  
Adaptability 6  
TOTAL 100  

Your score

Your maximum possible score is 100. The pass mark is currently 35 points but it may change. Make sure you visit this site regularly if you’re thinking about immigrating to Canada as a self-employed immigrant.

We select candidates based on:

  • the documents that you provide
  • your score under each of the selection criteria
  • you meeting the definition of a self-employed person

As part of the immigration process, you may need an interview. During the interview, a visa officer will ask you to explain:

  • information that is unclear or inconsistent
  • shortcomings or gaps in the documents that you provide

If there is a difference between your statement of your qualifications and the visa officer’s assessment, we go with the officer’s decision.


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