Global Grid Immigration Solutions is a Canadian immigration consultancy firm based in Toronto (GTA).
Are you a nationally or internationally acclaimed cultural artist or athlete? Have you been self-employed as an artist or athlete for some time? If yes, you may be eligible to immigrate to Canada.
Making a major artistic input or cultural life or athletics for the self-employed class would greatly enrich Canadian culture and sports. The Self-employed Persons Program allows people to immigrate to Canada permanently as a self-employed person.
If you’re interested in this program, you must:
As a self-employed individual you can apply for permanent resident status based on your ability to demonstrate that you will make significant contributions to Canadian culture or athletics.
The Self Employed program is a very complex application as you will need to exhibit your intent, ambitions as well as your upcoming future plans in Canada.
Often individuals who wish to apply under this category struggle with what documentation they could provide to demonstrate their intentions and future plans in Canada. Typically, we assist them in producing a business plan that would satisfy an officer of their intentions.
There is a selection grid to assess whether a candidate will be able to make an economic contribution to Canada. A candidate is required to score at least 35 points out of 100 points to meet the minimum eligibility criteria under the following factors:
|Selection Criteria||Max Points|
|Relevant Work Experience||35|
|Ability in English/French*||24|
|Adaptability (Spouse or common law partner)||6|
Experience is relevant if a candidate has taken part in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level or has been a self-employed person in cultural activities or athletics. “World-class” means a person who is famous internationally. It also applies to persons who may not be popular worldwide but perform at the highest levels in their discipline.
At least two years of relevant work experience in the applicant’s professional industry are required within the five years that precede their business immigration application. Professional athletes and individuals in the arts and culture industry must either provide proof of:
All those applying to the Federal Self-Employed Program must intend to settle in any Canadian province or territory with the exception of Quebec, who has its own self-employed immigration program.
Professional occupations in art and culture (Major Group 51 of NOC):
Technical occupations in art, culture, recreation, and sport (Major Group 52):
Unlike the Entrepreneur immigration, there is no minimum net worth requirement for the Federal Self-Employed Immigration program.
Unlike the Entrepreneur immigration, there is no minimum investment requirement for the Federal Self-Employed Immigration program. Since this program is a self-employment program, one doesn’t need to set up a corporation, hire employees etc like Entrepreneur Immigration. One just needs to be self-employed.
Participation at a World Class level doesn’t necessarily mean that you can only qualify if you participated in sporting world cups, or you were an actor in Hollywood movies etc. But one needs to be known internationally, there must be an interest in engaging your services from outside of your country and you should be part of an international organization.
No. But you might be eligible for Entrepreneur Immigration programs of different provinces, provided you meet their min net worth and min investment requirements.
21 months these days. But it has taken several years in the past.
Yes, if you have a first stage approval of your application, you can apply for a work permit to enter Canada and start your self-employment in your occupation.
The Federal Self-Employed visa is a category of immigration dedicated for Artists and Athletes with recent self-employment experience or experience of participation at a world-class level. If one meets the experience requirement, one needs to score 35 or higher out of 100 points to be eligible.
Artists who have relevant experience as a self-employed person or who have participated at a world-class level can immigrate to Canada through the Federal Self-Employed program.