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Immigrate to Canada: Self-Employed Options in 2021

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"Many foreign workers choose to immigrate as a self-employed person or a freelancer. This is beneficial if you want to avoid working for corporations or having a prearranged offer of employment. There are a few programs available if you want to immigrate as a self-employed person to Canada."
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Published on:  Jun 9, 2021
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Many foreign workers choose to immigrate as a self-employed person or a freelancer. This is beneficial if you want to avoid working for corporations or having a prearranged offer of employment. There are a few programs available if you want to immigrate as a self-employed person to Canada. 

The federal government offers the Self-Employed Persons Program to foreign nationals. If you want to immigrate to Quebec, then you can opt for the Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program. There are other programs available at the provincial level but for this blog, let's focus on the above-mentioned programs. 

What Are the Requirements for the Canadian Self-Employed Immigration Programs?

Federal Self-Employed: 

The Federal Self-Employed Persons Program is for foreign nationals who are self-employed professionals in either farming or cultural or world-class athletic fields. Applicants must have 2 years of work experience obtained in 1 of the following ways:

  • 2 years of experience as a self-employed individual in your profession
  • 2 years of experience as a participant at a world-class event in your profession
  • 1-year of experience in each of the activities mentioned above

Applicants must also intend to reside outside the province of Quebec to qualify for this program. 

Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program: 

The Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program requires you to have at least 2 years of work experience as a self-employed person and have a minimum net worth of at least $100,000. You must also have the ability to create your job while residing in Quebec. You must also score the minimum required points on the Quebec self-employed worker assessment grid. 

How to Apply for the Federal Self-Employed Persons Program?

You must gather all the required documents and evidence that reflect that you meet the eligibility requirements for the program. You may also be required to submit your biometric information. Furthermore, you must pay the application processing fee to complete the application.

Once your application is approved, you will be required to clear the admissibility requirements to enter Canada, which includes providing medical examination results, police certificates and language proficiency tests. Once all this is done, you can immigrate to Canada as a permanent resident.

How to Apply for the Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program?

Your profile will be assessed by the Quebec government to decide whether you are eligible for this program. If you are deemed eligible, you will be authorized to apply for a Quebec Certificate of Selection (CSQ). This CSQ authorizes you to apply for permanent residence in Quebec.

You must clear the admissibility requirements to be eligible for permanent residency. You must also obtain any license or certification required from the concerned regulatory body to perform your occupation in Quebec.
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