Self-employed people

The Self-Employed Persons Program seeks to bring people who will become self-employed in Canada. They must have either:

  • relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics, and
    • intend and be able to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada, or
  • experience in farm management, and
    • intend and be able to buy and manage a farm in Canada.

Determine your eligibility

Find out if you are eligible to immigrate to Canada as a self-employed person.


Follow the steps to apply as a self-employed person.

Check processing times

Find out how long it will take CIC to process your application.

After you apply: Next steps

Learn what you should do after you apply to come to Canada.

Prepare for your arrival

Know what to expect when you arrive in Canada.

Find out if you are eligible

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