(587) 705-0764
Ackah Business Immigration Law – Personal and Corporate Immigration
Contact us

Contact Information

1 (403) 452-9515

1 (800) 932-1190

Book a Free Consult

More Options...

Cultural Immigration to Canada for Self-Employed Artists and Actors

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Permanent Residence

Cultural Immigration to Canada for Self-Employed Artists and Actors

In a recent interview about #Megxit and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Canada immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah was asked by Global News about their residency options for moving to Canada:

Markle can also apply for the self-employment category, Ackah explained, which is useful for individuals in the arts or sports. “The self-employed work permit and permanent residency, it’s not tied to an employer, which gives them a lot more flexibility,” she said... “It’s basically the same as anybody.”

Canada's Self-employed Persons Program allows people in cultural activities or athletics to immigrate to Canada permanently as a self-employed person. Meghan Markle's previous work life in Canada could provide a way for them to become Canadian residents. As an American, she lived in Toronto to film the American TV drama “Suits.” Canada's cultural visa for actors working on foreign films and television productions could help her obtain legal residency, and she could then sponsor Prince Harry and Archie for residency.

Canada Self Employed Person Visa

Canada has many ways for people to qualify for Self-Employed Permanent Residence, which is based on their work, skills and education.

There are two pathways for Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) for those who are self-employed:

  • Cultural Activities
    This is a very broad and liberal grouping that can include artists, musicians, filmmakers, illustrators, journalists and anyone who is a "behind the scenes" worker in cultural industries Applicants must also meet the criteria of "world-class" workers. Costumers, choreographers and directors all fall under this heading.
  • Athletics
    Coaches, trainers and athletes all fall under this heading.

Applicants must have proven records of earning an income and supporting themselves and their families through their work. As an example, the criteria for the cultural activities workers is that they must be "world class".

    Self-employed Person Permanent Resident Qualifications

    Applicants for self-employed permanent residency must have at least 2 years of relevant experience during the period beginning 5 years before the day they apply to immigrate. At a minimum, to immigrate to Canda and qualify under the self-employed permanent resident qualifications, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reviews your says your qualifications based on your:

    • experience
    • education
    • age
    • language abilities
    • adaptability

    Work experience qualifications for PR include:

    • for cultural activities:
      1. 2 one-year periods being self-employed in cultural activities, or
      2. 2 one-year periods participating at a world-class level in cultural activities, or
      3. a combination of a one-year period described in (a), and a one-year period described in (b)
    • for athletics:
      1. 2 one-year periods being self-employed in athletics, or
      2. 2 one-year periods participating at a world class level in athletics, or
      3. a combination of a one-year period described in (a) above, and a one-year period described in (b) above

    All immigration applicants and their family members must have a medical exam and require police certificates. Applicants must be able to show that they have enough money to support themself and their families once they are in Canada.

    Book A Consultation

    Self-employed immigrants to Canada will benefit greatly from consulting an immigration legal professional to discuss their options and how to make the best application possible.

    Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

    Founder/Managing Lawyer

    Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

    More About Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

    Fast Track Canada Immigration Via PNPs

    PNPs can fast track Canada immigration and provide a more tailored route to permanent residency for skilled workers and entrepreneurs who align with the economic needs of specific ...

    Read More

    How To Immigrate To Canada As A Self-Employed Person

    Canada has many ways for someone to qualify for immigration as a self-employed person, which is based on their work, skills and education. To immigrate to Canada as a self-employed ...

    Read More

    FAQs About Canada's Start Up Visa Program for Foreign Entrepreneurs

    Canada's Start-up Visa Program is a fast-track way to immigrate to Canada for entrepreneurs who have a qualifying business and support from a designated organization. The program ...

    Read More

    Episode 69: Seize the Opportunity: Explore Canada's Start-Up Visa Program

    If you are an entrepreneur who is interested in starting a business, Canada's Start-Up Visa Program may be a good option for you. On the Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast, ...

    Read More

    IRCC is still working through backlogs from the pandemic, and some groups are paying the price, says Calgary Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah

    Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah told CBC Calgary the frustrating delays a local Calgary man is experiencing waiting 5 years to reunite with his parents as their permanent ...

    Read More

    New Express Entry Category Options For Priority Jobs

    To help fill Canada's job vacancies, the government has announced new initiatives to welcome skilled immigrants. Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced ...

    Read More

    Thank you for all your great support!!! The TN- Visa application that we prepared was successful and approved when I went through customs.

    – Norm Rose, Excel Sales Consulting

    View All Testimonials