How to Immigrate to Canada if you are Self Employed!

Everything you need to know with Peter Rekai

If  you are employed in athletics or the arts and are able to make a “significant contribution” to the cultural or athletic life of Canada, OR you have experience in farm management, and intend and are able to buy and manage a farm in Canada, this episode is for you.

In this episode I had the pleasure of catching up with Canadian immigration lawyer Peter Rekai who shared some fantastic insight on one of the most neglected permanent resident programs in the country…..the Self Employed category.

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This episode was probably one of the most enjoyable I have done to date. Peter was a fantastic guest who shared some great stories from his early days of practice. We also talked about the way the practice of immigration law has changed over the years and how much we miss those good old days…..and yes, we also talked about the often neglected Self Employed category for obtaining permanent resident status in Canada.

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Peter Rekai is a Barrister and Solicitor who, like many of my guests in Ontario, is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Immigration Law. Peter’s firm, Rekai LLP, is one of the most well respected immigration law firms in Canada.

Over the past twenty-five years Peter has represented major employers, expanding new businesses and skilled individuals in dealing with Canadian immigration issues. He has a particular expertise in assisting trade and industry associations address comprehensive foreign worker strategies with the federal government.

Peter is a frequent lecturer at Immigration practice and international policy conferences and a regular op-ed contributor to major newspapers in Canada and the United States. He authored a study on Canadian and US immigration issues for the noted Canadian policy think-tank the CD HOWE Institute as part of its series on North American Relations (The Border Papers).

Peter has served in many capacities on the Immigration and Citizenship section of the Ontario Bar Association’s Immigration Section. He is a member of the Canadian Immigration Policy Research Council, a group providing policy input to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

In this episode Peter and I discussed the following topics:

  • who is covered by the self employed category;
  • how are athletes and artists able to qualify;
  • what constitutes suitable experience;
  • what amounts to significant contribution to Canada;
  • how the point system works; and
  • how to qualify as a farm manager.

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