The Self-Employed Persons Program is designed for those who wish to become self-employed in Canada. Basic requirements for self-employed persons are:

Relevant experience that will make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada    And/Or
Experience in farm management and the intention and ability to purchase and manage a farm in Canada.

A self-employed applicant should have relevant experience in any of the following
Cultural activities     ▪ Athletics     ▪ Farm Management

Cultural Activities and Athletics: Definitions
Librarians, Archivists, Conservators and Curators
Conservators and Curators

Writing, Translating and Public Relations Professionals
Authors and Writers
Professional Occupations in Public Relations and Communications
Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters

Creative and Performing Artists
Producers, Directors, Choreographers and Related Occupations
Conductors, Composers and Arrangers
Musicians and Singers
Actors and Comedians
Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists

Technical Occupations in Libraries, Archives, Museums and Art Galleries
Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants
Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries

Photographers, Graphic Arts Technicians and Technical and Co-ordinating Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
Film and Video Camera Operators
Graphic Arts Technicians
Broadcast Technicians
Audio and Video Recording Technicians
Other Technical and Co-ordinating Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
Support Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts

Announcers and Other Performers
Announcers and Other Broadcasters
Other Performers

Creative Designers and Craftspersons
Graphic Designers and Illustrators
Interior Designers
Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers
Artisans and Craftspersons
Patternmakers - Textile, Leather and Fur Products

Athletes, Coaches, Referees and Related Occupations
Sports Officials and Referees
Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness

Temporary foreign workers program changes

New rules to strengthen Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program came into effect on April 1, 2011. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) will be making significant changes to the current procedures impacting both foreign workers and Canadian employers.

New IELTS Requirements for Applicants in Skilled Workers Class.

Canadian government has decided to reduce the IELTS score requirement for Canadian Immigration Points system. Immigration Canada has now decreased the IELTS band requirement criteria for Canada Skilled worker Immigration points. Minimum IELTS score requirement for 4 points of Immigration has now been reduced.