The Quebec Self-Employed category for the Solo and Independent Worker

This category is currently suspended and is expected to reopen for August 15th, 2018

The self-employed category is an interesting opportunity for individuals that are working on their own and that are being remunerated from contracts or commissions from their own efforts instead of being remunerated by an employer through a salary.

It is accessible for most eligible candidates providing that the documentation and evidence identifies the candidate as a self-employed.

The self-employed procedure is subject to a selection grid based on the following criteria:

1. Training

2. Experience (2 years minimum as a self-employed or own business)

3. Age

4. Level of proficiency in French and English

5. Stay and family in Quebec

6. Characteristics of the spouse or the de-facto spouse

7. Financial self-sufficiency

8. Adaptability

9. Net assets with a minimum of $100,000.00 CDN) in property or liquid assets acquired legally.


The candidate working under a regulated trade or profession must show intent to obtain accreditation from the regulated body in Quebec.

The unmarried candidate must obtain 35 points at the preliminary assessment. The married candidate must reach a minimum of 47 points at this level. These thresholds are less demanding than the skilled worker.

Once approved at the preliminary level, the self-employed is called for an interview. The CSQ is usually issued after receiving 47 points for the single applicant and 56 points for the married candidate.

The application is submitted in Hong Kong or in Montreal. It is processed under the business category and the delays may be more reasonable than the federal counterpart.

Once the CSQ is issued, the applicant and his family members will proceed for the federal application for permanent residence in order to finalize the security and medical clearance.

If you are in business with employees under your supervision you may rather be eligible to apply under the Quebec Entrepreneur or the Quebec Investor Program.


You may also complete our Business Evaluation Form and we will return to you with additional information on our services within 24 hours.


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Are you self-employed?

You may be eligible under the current business self-employed categories.

The self-employed programs are ideal for the craftsman, the artist and for the autonomous worker.


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