How to Show Proof of Self-Employed Work Experience for Canada Immigration: When applying for immigration through Express Entry, you must provide documentation of your employment experience. Having only worked for yourself before, how can you do it?

Applicants who are applying through one of the Express Entry programs but have self-employed experiences or have run businesses without forming a formal corporation in the past need to demonstrate their entrepreneurial experience.

The requirements for applying for permanent residence under business immigration programs differ for investors and businesspeople. Self-employed persons must meet additional requirements in order to immigrate under the Self-Employed Persons Program.

The official Canadian site states the following regarding documents confirming entrepreneurial activity:

In the case of self-employed applicants, proof of business ownership, proof of self-employment income, and payment details provided by third parties are required (self-declared main duties or affidavits are not acceptable).

In the case of self-employment, the applicant must provide the following information:

How to Show Proof of Self-Employed Work Experience for Canada Immigration

Evidence of ownership of a business, such as articles of incorporation

  • Certificate of registration for a business or self-employed individual 
  • Your business activity may require a license  
  • This screenshot shows a link to a business website
  • An immigration officer will be able to understand what you do more easily if you attach a photo of your place of employment (for example, if you own a shop or stand in the construction materials market)

Evidence of self-employment income

  • A customer or supplier’s agreement or contract
  • The completion certificate for the work
  • A certificate containing the contribution amounts to a pension fund
  • Reports on taxes
  • Statements of bank accounts

Reference Letters

Client or supplier reference letters detailing the services provided and payment information. Contact information must be included in the letter so that the immigration officer can contact the client or supplier.

Notarized Translation

The translation must be certified by a translator and notarized, as well as:

  • Transcript of translator’s affidavit
  • Documentation copies from the originals

It is best to have as many documents as possible. Individuals who write themselves letters outlining their responsibilities won’t be accepted.

You must attach all necessary documentation showing that you are an entrepreneur and this is your primary occupation to ensure that the immigration officer does not have any doubts.

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Conclusion: Summarize the article and remind the reader that proof of self-employment work experience is one of the requirements for Canadian immigration

Self-employment can be a great way to gain experience in your desired field. It can also provide you with the opportunity to learn new skills and grow your network. However, self-employment can also be risky. It’s important to be realistic about what you can achieve on your own and to have a solid business plan in place.