Self-Employed Persons Visa
The Self-Employed Persons scheme allows candidates with pertinent knowledge in culture, athletics or farm management to immigrate to Canada provided that they make a important contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada or purchase and manage a farm in Canada.
In order to be eligible under this scheme, you must have a minimum of 2 years of experience in one of the relevant activities of culture, athletics or farm management. These 2 years of experience must have been gained during the period beginning 5 years before the date of your application for a permanent resident visa and ending on the day a determination is made on your application.
The Self-Employed Persons Program seeks to attract applicants who have the intention and ability to become self-employed in Canada. Self-employed persons are required to have either:
- Relevant experience that will make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada or
- Experience in farm management and the intention and ability to purchase and manage a farm in Canada.
To be eligible as a self-employed person, you must meet the following criteria:
- Have relevant experience
- Meet the selection criteria for self-employed persons and
- Meet medical, security and other requirements
Your application will be processed at the visa office where you applied.
The process may differ depending on the visa office; though some processing steps are common to all offices.
- The application assessment process
- Processing time
- Medical examinations
- Criminal and security checks
- The decision on your application
- Change of address
- Confirmation of permanent residence
Today, 3 February 2014, the government announced proposals to change the fees charged for visas, immigration and nationality applications and associated premium services.
From 16 December 2013, if you are applying for a visa from outside the UK, you will be asked to fill in a new customer satisfaction survey.
From 16 December 2013 all UK visa applications made in Pakistan must be paid for online.
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If you are making a visa application in the UK you now have the opportunity to tell us about your experience through a new customer satisfaction survey.
We are publishing new versions of the following application forms for use on or after 28 October 2013
The government has announced the introduction of the Immigration Bill on Thursday 10 October 2013.
Global contracts have been awarded for our visa application centres overseas
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