The Self-Employed Persons Program allows self-employed professionals to migrate to Canada permanently. To be considered as self-employed, you must have relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics, at an international level, and you must be willing to contribute significantly to the culture and athletics of Canada.

NOC Codes for self-employed professionals

The eligible professions for the self-employed program are categorized under NOC group 51 and 52. Here are few examples:
  • Authors and Writers
  • Editors
  • Journalists
  • Producers, Directors, Choreographers and Related Occupations
  • Conductors, Composers and Arrangers
  • Musicians and Singer
  • Dancers
  • Actors and Comedians
  • Painters, Sculptors, and Other Visual Artists
  • Photographers
  • Athletes
  • Coaches
  • Sports Officials and Referees
  • Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness
There are also several other professions under the self-employed category. Please contact us to learn if your occupation qualifies as self-employed. We will be happy to help!


Apart from the minimum score requirement of 67, IRCC has also set some minimum eligibility criteria for a few factors mentioned above.

The applicant must have at least 2 years (or two 1-year periods) of relevant experience under a qualified self-employed NOC within the last 5 years.

The applicant should either be self-employed, have participated in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level, or both.

Minimum net worth:

The self-employed program does not require the applicant to have any minimum net worth except for the sufficient settlement fund.

Minimum points:

Out of 100 points, the applicants are required to be able to score only 35 points under the self-employed program.

Supporting documents:

You may demonstrate and support your intention and plan to settle in Canada and contribute to the relevant sectors through business plans, exploratory trips, support from partners or funds.

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