Canada Visa Express


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Self-Employed Program is designed to attract those applicants who intend and can become self-employed in Canada. Self-employed persons who intend to live in Quebec are not eligible under this program and should apply under the Quebec Self-Employed Program.

To qualify:

  • make a significant contribution to the cultural or sporting life in Canada as artisans or as athletes at an international level; or
  • purchase and manage a farm in Canada.
Relevant Experience is defined as:
  • at least two years' experience of participation in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level;
  • at least two years' experience of self-employment in cultural activities of athletics; or;
  • at least two years of farm management experience

NOC Group 51
  • Professional occupations in art and culture
  • Librarians, archivists, conservators, and curators
  • Writing, translating, and related communications professionals
  • Creative and performing artists
NOC Group 52
  • Technical occupations in art, culture, recreation and sports
  • Technical occupations in libraries, public archives, museums and art galleries
  • Photographers, graphic arts technicians and technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
  • Announcers and other performers
  • Athletes, coaches, referees and related occupations