Live webinar July 8, 2021 @ 12:00 PM EST
OR available available video recording


Rafael Fabregas


2 hours


SUMMARY: This course will be an overview of the Federal Self-Employed Program, from temporary work permit stage to the application for permanent residence stage. Work permits obtained under this category are exempt from the requirement of a Labour Market Impact Assessment. Applying for permanent residence is for a very narrow population of eligible candidates. The course will cover the eligibility requirements for both stages. At the conclusion of the course, the practitioner will know when to consider a self-employed work permit as a viable option for clients seeking a work permit only, or seeking both a work permit and eventual transition to permanent residence, the pros and cons of the categories, processing times, and what else can be done in advance to anticipate using this category.

  • Introduction ​
  • Historical review of the program
    • Authorities
    • In the Regulations
    • In the Guidelines
  • Eligibility – Work Permit Application 
    • Eligibility – Work Permit Application​
    • Processing – Port of Entry or Visa Office​
    • Supporting documentation
  • Issues, best practices/tips 
  • Questions and Answers

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For Lawyers and Paralegals

Law Society of Ontario
   • Substantive Hours: This program is eligible for up to 2 hours

Law Society of British Columbia
   • Approved for 2 CPD credits​

​Law Society of Saskatchewan
   • Approved for 2 CPD hours

Law Society of New Brunswick
   • Approved for 2 CPD hours

Law Societies of Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia
   • For members of these Law Societies, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual requirements

For Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants

Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council
   • Approved for 2 CPD hours
   • Video recording valid until October 8, 2021

Awaiting further accreditation

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Your Instructor

Rafael Fabregas

Barrister & Solicitor

Manager & Senior Associate Lawyer, EY Law LLP

Rafael is a Senior Associate Lawyer and Manager in EY Law LLP’s Canada and cross-border North American Free Trade Agreement (CaNAFTA) practice. He advises clients on all aspects of Canadian citizenship and immigration law, with a particular focus on temporary and permanent entries of business personnel into Canada.

Rafael was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006. He is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada. He holds his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School and his BA from the University of Toronto.

Rafael was the recipient of the Prize in Immigration Law during convocation rites at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2002. In 2008, the Federation of Asian-Canadian Lawyers presented Rafael with its inaugural Lawyer of Distinction award for his legal advocacy for foreign live-in caregivers. In 2009, he was chosen as one of Canadian Immigrant magazine’s “Top 25 Canadian Immigrants”.

Rafael has spoken to audiences across Canada, and has authored articles and editorials for various Canadian media outlets. He is a regular contact for media inquiries on a variety of immigration-related topics. He has also testified before the House of Commons’ Parliamentary Committee on Citizenship and Immigration in Ottawa on amendments to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

Prior to joining EY Law LLP, Rafael worked with a boutique immigration firm in Toronto for more than six years, where he represented individual clients in temporary and permanent resident and citizenship applications, assisting on issues ranging from eligibility to inadmissibility. He has also appeared before the Federal Court of Canada and the Immigration and Refugee Board.