If you are studying to pass the ICCRC Full Skills (Entry to Practice) Exam, understanding the Self-Employed Stream is absolutely essential.

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Your estimated study time is 3 hours to master this topic through the following lesson.


Here are the links mentioned in the video to save you some time:

OP 8 http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/manuals/op/op08-eng.pdf

IRPR R78, R79, R88.(1), R100 – R109.5

Eligible NOC Occupations List for Self-Employed http://www23.statcan.gc.ca/imdb/p3VD.pl?Function=getVD&TVD=314243&CVD=314245&CPV=52&CST=01012016&CLV=2&MLV=4

CIC Self-Employed Stream http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/business/self-employed/apply-who.asp

Is the Self-Employed Farmer Program still in existence?

Yes. The program is temporarily suspended and not cancelled, which means it can still play a role on your upcoming exam.

This is the same idea as when a program reaches a cap limit (such as the Parent-Grandparent PR system) as we discussed in the seminar. Once the SE farmer program is officially cancelled, it will not play a role on the ICCRC exam, but by then, you’ll already be an RCIC!







The following cases refer to the Self-Employed category and are important to read in order to round out your knowledge of this area as well.

In Rolfe v. Canada, the Federal Court confirms that when a CIC agent decides that an applicant is not a self-employed person according to the definition at IRPR s 88(1), they must provide adequate reasons for their decision. Read more about this case at http://canlii.ca/t/1m0kr.

Griscenko v. Canada asks the question whether experience across borders and local recognition can be considered as “world-class level” experience for a self-employed person, according to the definition found at IRPR s 88(1). Read more about this case at http://canlii.ca/t/frm5l.

In Ding v. Canada, the Federal court decides whether traditional Chinese medicine is a “cultural activity” according to the IRPR definition of a self-employed person. Read more about this case at http://canlii.ca/t/2bssd.

Tollerene v. Canada the Federal Court reviews the decision of the CIC as to whether a poker player from the USA would contribute to specified economic activities in Canada. Read more about this case at http://canlii.ca/t/ghk57

What happens if someone applies as a self-employed person to open a cultural business in Canada without a business plan? The Federal Court addresses the issue in Kim v. Canada. Read more about this case at http://canlii.ca/t/22bpq.

Chen v. Canada questions the issue of the origins of the funds presented by an applicant to establish herself as a self-employed person in Canada. Is it necessary that the applicant proves the origins of their funds? Read more about this case at http://canlii.ca/t/h9m.

Sing Sahota v. Canada determines whether 30 year experience in rice and wheat farming in India is sufficient for a person to qualify as a self-employed fruit and vegetable farmer in Ontario. Read more about this case at http://canlii.ca/t/1l2pr.

What happens if an applicant request to be evaluated as a self-employed person under a specific occupation but the CIC officer considers that the applicant’s experience better matches the criteria for another occupation? Souri v. Canada answers this question. Read more about this case at http://canlii.ca/t/gq7.