x
(403) 452-9515

Ackah Law

Search Ackah Law...

Contact us

Contact Information

1 (403) 452-9515

1 (800) 932-1190

Book a Consultation

More Options...

Self-Employed Applications for Permanent Residence in Canada

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

There are two pathways for Permanent Residency 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".

Qualifying and Applying

To qualify for the Self-Employed Stream, according to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), you must have relevant experience that meets the specific area in which you work. Just like everyone else hoping for Permanent Resident status in Canada, you will have to submit an application. However, it is not as simple as it sounds. More information can be found on the Citizenship and Immigration Website.

Free Download: Qualifications to Immigrate to Canada as a Self-Employed Person


Your application is scored out of a possible 100 points. In order to be accepted, you must earn at least 35 points. As an example, if you have five years of demonstrable and proven experience, you receive 35 points. If you can only prove two years of experience, it is worth 20. The officer receiving the application also takes into consideration your age (with points deducted for each year over 49 and under 21). Your education and your language levels boost your score, and your "adaptability" will play a role as well.

And if you don't hit 35 points? There is still an option for entering as a self-employed person. It is entirely up to the discretion of a visa officer to grant Permanent Residence, but you must formally ask for that consideration. Again, though, you will need evidence proving you will make a go of it in your chosen field. The process of consideration is complicated, with two officers needing to be in agreement.

This is why self-employed immigrants into Canada will benefit greatly from time spent with an immigration legal expert, discussing options and making the best application possible.

Contact us today at (403) 452-9515 Ext. 100 or 1-800-932-1190 or email us directly.

Provincial Nominee Program: 2021 PNP Draws & Updates

Canada encourages applications for Permanent Residence from people with skilled abilities, education and work experience that will contribute to the Canadian economy. One of ...

Read More

Immigrants Working in Healthcare Will Have More Opportunity For Permanent Residency

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau requested that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) Minister Marco Mendicino find more pathways for Permanent Residency for immigrant ...

Read More

Globe and Mail Talks to Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah: Okotoks teenager granted permanent residency in Canada

“I’m really pleased that the government did what was the reasonable, practical resolution,” said Evelyn Ackah, the founder of Ackah Business Immigration Law in Calgary. “They looked ...

Read More

Are You an Immigrant Entrepreneur Who Wants to Leave England Due to Brexit? Canada Welcomes Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Four years after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Brexit went into effect in the United Kingdom on January 1, 2020. Among the many changes facing British residents, expats, ...

Read More

Do You Want to #Megxit to Canada or the US in 2021?

CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA, January 1, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, made international headlines in 2020 when then they ...

Read More

2021 Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Updates

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) 2021 program is open to new applications. and applications already submitted to the OINP will continue to be accepted and considered ...

Read More

Featured Resource

Calculate Your Express Entry Score

Are you qualified to move to Canada? Try our free Express Entry Calculator Express Entry is Canada's skilled-worker immigration application process for high-skilled foreign workers ...

View Resource

Thank you, Evelyn, you are a superstar!!

Appreciate your quick work.

– E.S.

View All Testimonials