The Canadian Experience Class is for skilled workers who have Canadian work experience and want to become permanent residents and is managed through Express Entry (EE) system. If you receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA), you have 60 days to submit your application. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) processes most complete applications that have all the supporting documents in 6 months or less.
HOW THIS PROGRAM WORKS
This program has minimum requirements for skilled work experience and language ability. If you meet the minimum requirements and make an EE profile, you will be placed in the EE pool and your profile will be ranked based on the EE points system. IRCC selects the highest-ranking candidates from the pool and invites them to apply for permanent residence.
You’re not eligible for the Canadian Experience Class if
- you’re a refugee claimant in Canada
- you’re working without authorization
- your work experience was gained without temporary resident status in Canada
- meet the required language levels needed for your job for each language ability: writing, reading, listening, and speaking
- have at least 1 year of skilled work experience in Canada, in the last 3 years before you apply, and the work experience must be full-time, or an equal amount in part-time
- have gained your work experience by working in Canada while under temporary resident status with authorization to work
Skilled work experience
According to the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC), skilled work experience means:
- managerial jobs (skill level 0)
- professional jobs (skill type A)
- technical jobs and skilled trades (skill type B)
Your work experience can be in 1 or more NOC 0, A or B jobs. You must show that you performed the duties set out in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC. This includes all the essential duties and most of the main duties listed.
Self-employment and work experience gained while you were a full-time student (even if you were on a co-op work term) doesn’t count towards the minimum requirements for this program.
There is no education requirement for the Canadian Experience Class.
If you want to improve your rank in the Express Entry pool, there are 2 ways you can do this.
- If you went to school in Canada, you can get points for a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian secondary institution (high school) or post-secondary institution, or
- If you have foreign education, you can get points for a completed educational credential, if you have an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report for immigration purposes from a designated organization showing that your education is equal to a completed certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian secondary institution (high school) or post-secondary institution
- take approved language tests for writing, reading, listening, and speaking
- get a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all 4 abilities for NOC 0 or A jobs or CLB 5 for NOC B jobs
Your language tests are valid for 2 years after the date of the test result and must be valid on the day you apply for permanent residence.
You must be admissible to Canada.
Where you can live in Canada
You must plan to live outside the province of Quebec. When you fill out your profile, IRCC will ask you where you plan to live in Canada. You don’t have to settle in that province or territory. However, if you’re a Provincial Nominee, you must settle in the province or territory that nominated you.
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