Can I immigrate to Canada as an Athlete?

Can I immigrate to Canada as an Athlete? Immigration Lawyers Calgary Explain

Calgary Immigration Lawyers - Can I immigrate to Canada as an AthleteIf you are an athlete or a coach considering relocating to Canada, then consider the Federal Self-Employed Person class. This program is geared towards applicants who wish to come to Canada as a self-employed person, who are qualified to make a significant contribution to the cultural artistic or athletic life in Canada.

Under the Self-Employed persons Program, eligible occupations within the athletic field include:

  • 5251 Athletes
  • 5252 Coaches
  • 5253 Sports Officials and Referees
  • 5254 Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness

To qualify for this program, an applicant must be able to satisfy the following requirement:

  1. Must meet the definition of a self-employed person, which means having relevant work experience either
  • (a) by taking part in “cultural or sporting activities at an international level”; or
  • (b) by being self-employed in the field of cultural or sporting activities.
  1. Must exceed the minimum score under the selection criteria for self-employed people (a minimum of 35 points out of 100).
  2. Pass medical and security checks.
  3. Demonstrate sufficient financial resources.

The selection criteria for Federal Self – Employer Person Class are as follows:

Selection Criteria

Max Points

Relevant Experience – at least two years


Education- Relevant skills qualification in your field


Ability in English/French









To see if you qualify under this stream, please contact Osuji & Smith immigration lawyers for consultation.

Written by Roger Zhang

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