Yes, the whole situation is very weird. We actually had a mass refusal in Brazil this past month. More than 20 cases* in the same Self-Employed category, some people were really qualified. Everyone received generic letters, providing no details for the refusals.So sorry to hear this. It's surprising since your profession is on the list of approved professions. Frustrating they didn't provide a specific reason. Can you appeal or you can't be bothered with that?
In a private conversation, the officer responsible for analysing the cases said only people with the level of Pablo Picasso (!!) would be approved.
*This had never happened before.
I won't appeal. The cost is too high and it takes a long time. I have to let it go.
I'll provide below some info about myself and my process:
I presented everything I could. High score IELTS (both mine and my wife’s); my PhD degree from UK; my wife’s Masters degree; evidence of relevant experience: letters from clients and job partners, webpages prints, flyers, documents, newspapers, CD / DVD scans, publications, everything I could think of; detailed funds; business plan; detailed description of current investment (hardware, software and services I’ve purchased and use in my Self-employed activities).
More info about my process for illustration purposes:
Points granted according to requirements: 100
Work period: over 10 years (since Jan 2007 to current date).
· More than 10 years of experience in professional sound post-production (music, theatre, film, advertisement and games);
· Works (artistic and academic) presented in England, Portugal, South Korea, Brazil, Slovenia, Germany, Poland, USA and Australia;
· Clients from the UK, France, Brazil, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Canada, USA and Mexico;
· Strong knowledge and experience in Ambisonics and audio for VR/AR, fast growing market in need of specialized workers.
Principal applicant, PhD in Sonic Arts (UK);
Wife, Masters degree.
Principal applicant: Listening 8.5 | Reading 7.5 | Writing 7.5 | Speaking 8 | Overall band score 8.0 | CEFR C1
Wife: Listening 8.5 | Reading 9 | Writing 7 | Speaking 9 | Overall band score 8.5 | CEFR C2
Family members living in Canada as permanent residents: yes