Self Employed Persons Program applications are now processed in 22 months
With the help of the Self Employed Persons program, individuals having proper experience in athletics or arts and as well as a culture can submit an application to receive Canadian permanent residency.
Thanks to the recent changes in the processing times now applicants in Canada’s Federal Self-Employment program only needs 22 months before their applications get processed. Let us note that, before this improvement, this figure previously was could take up to seven years.
If you have relevant experience in athletics or arts and as well as culture, then you may be qualified for the Self-Employed Persons Program which, in turn, can allow you to get a permanent residency in Canada.
In fact, there are many professions that are included in the program. Varying from practicing artists and athletes to behind-the-scenes occupations the list of the eligible occupations also covers as choreographers, set designers, coaches and as well as trainers.
In addition, amongst the other eligible professions, there are librarians, archivists, conservators and curators, and freelance journalists.
If you have taken part in cultural activities or been a self-employed person in athletics then your experience may be considered appropriate for making an application.
According to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), if the applicants are known worldwide or performing at the highest levels of their discipline then they are qualified for the program.
Additionally, according to the Government of Canada, all applicants must be able to significantly contribute to the cultural or athletic life of Canada.
In general, the person assessing the importance of the candidate’s contribution is the visa officer who analyses the individual’s application. As IRCC states, if the candidate is considered relevant it means s/he can meet the criteria set for the program and it is expected that candidates will be self-employed.
For instance, if the applicant is a music teacher that targeted a small town, then s/he can be deemed as important at the local level. Similarly, any journalist performing a freelance activity can become eligible if he can contribute to a Canadian publication.
According to IRCC, all the applicants need to meet the minimum criteria which are the minimum score determined by the program. If they are successful to exceed the lowest required score, candidates will be considered for permanent immigration to Canada as a self-employed person.