As a self-employed individual planning to immigrate to Canada soon, you should know that you can only do that if your job or provided service is in the cultural or athletics industry. The Self-Employed Persons Program can allow you to permanently move into the country as long as you have the relevant experience and are willing to bring significant contributions to Canada’s cultural or athletic heritage. If you agree to this, here are the other things you should know.
Qualifications for Self-Employed Immigration
Before you apply for self-employed immigration, you need to meet the following criteria, according to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations:
- Experience: With at least two years of self-employment or international activity in the qualifying period
- Intention and Capacity: They should be able and intending to establish themselves or their business once living in Canada
- Contribution: They or their business should be able to contribute to the country’s economy
- Points: Should earn enough points from the selection grid
What Is the Qualifying Period?
The qualifying period refers to five years before the target submission date of the applicant. If you apply in 2022, the qualifying period will cover your work experience from 2017. However, do note that the qualifying period does not always end in 2021. It depends on the immigration officer assigned to your case. The starting point is clear, but they might want to look for your more recent work. In some cases, the qualifying period could extend, depending on the processing time.
What About the Income?
Since self-employed people are self-sustained, the government can make sure that you can support yourself and your dependents, should you have any. You only need to show proof that you do meet the needs of yourself and your family members.
Dependents refer to your partner and children. For children, they should not yet be married and should be under the age of 22 to be considered dependents. Anyone older than that can be dependents if they have a physical or mental disability.
Should You Take the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Test?
Passing or taking IELTS and other language tests is not a requirement for self-employed immigration. However, if you want to increase your chances of getting approved, you might want to take one. Passing the test can give you 24 additional points at most, and you need to have at least 35 points out of the self-employed immigration’s 100-point system.
Remember that Canada is an open country, home to diverse cultures. It is the same reason the country opens its borders to people from different cultures. If you are an artist, a performer, a self-employed person with experience working in cultural activities, you are more than welcome to join and live in this beautiful country.
Every year, the Canadian government accepts one thousand new permanent residents from the Self-Employed Class and the Start-Up Visa Program applicants. Consult with a Canada immigration expert to get more tips on how to ensure your qualification.
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