(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.

Alberta government considering immigration changes during pandemic: CBC Interviews Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah

Ackah said as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, prospective immigrants are contacting her from China and India. They're interested in buying and running businesses in Canada. ...

Read More

Pivot and Thrive: Guidance for Employers of Foreign Workers and Essential Post-COVID Planning

As Canadian businesses prepare for the end to the COVID lockdown and a gradual return to business, employers with foreign workers have unique considerations and issues to make sure ...

Read More

Pivot and Thrive: Canada Prepares to Get Back to Work

What Can Companies Do NOW To Prepare for Post-Lockdown Business Immigration? Business immigration changed overnight in March due to social distancing and self-quarantine regulations ...

Read More

What Does the U.S. Suspension of Green Cards Mean to Canada?

On April 22, 2020, United States President Trump signed an Executive Order suspending issuance of green cards (permanent lawful residence) for 60 days due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) ...

Read More

Canada's Express Entry Is Open During the Coronavirus Crisis

The Canadian government has put in place travel restrictions and cut back on some immigration services to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Canada's Immigration, Refugees ...

Read More

Indian Tech Workers Targeting Canada Tech Employers

Tightening United States immigration regulations are making Canada the first-choice destination for highly skilled and educated Indian technology workers. 85,000 Indian immigrants ...

Read More

Featured Resource

Calculate Your Express Entry Score

Are you qualified to move to Canada? Express Entry is Canada's skilled-worker immigration application process for high-skilled foreign workers and international students who ...

View Resource

Many thanks for the great news. I and my family are extremely happy and extremely thankful for the devotion and sincerity with which you processed this case. It was a complex case and without your special attention, things might not have this great outcome as we have. We will be submitting our passports on Sunday to the embassy as per instructions in the letter and I will keep you updated on the progress. Many thanks once again and looking forward to see you folks soon.

– A.A. Save The Children Canada

View All Testimonials