The Canadian Experience Class is designed for skilled workers who have experience in Canada and want to become permanent residents of the country.
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In order to meet the criteria of the program, a candidate must:
- Meet the required language levels for your work in each of the language skills: writing, reading, listening, speaking.
- have worked in Canada for at least 1 year, the last 3 years before applying. Experience must be full-time or equal to the number of hours on a part-time basis.
- gain legal Canadian experience
According to the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC), qualified work experience can be obtained in the following categories:
Skill Type 0: occupations related to management, such as factory managers, resort managers or office managers.
Qualification Level A: Professions that typically require higher education, such as physicists, political scientists, or engineers.
Skill Level B: Technical professions that typically require a college degree or vocational training, such as administrators, firefighters, and photographers.
Your work experience may be gained on one or more jobs in different NOC 0, A or B categories.
You must show that you have performed the duties outlined in the appropriate section of the NOC career description. This includes all the mandatory requirements for the profession and most of the basic duties listed in the description.
Canadian work experience
1 year of work experience can be counted in several ways:
- full-time in one job: 30 hours per week for 12 months = full-time for 1 year (1560 hours).
- part-time work*: 15 hours per week for 24 months = 1 year full-time (1560 hours).
- full-time in more than one job: 30 hours per week for 12 months in more than one job = 1 year full-time (1560 hours).
For part-time work, you can work more or less than 15 hours per week until you have 1560 hours.
The Department of Immigration does not count more than 30 hours per week. Thus, if you worked two weeks of 40 hours each, you will only get 60 hours (30+30).
*Admittedly, if you work more than 15 hours per week, you can gain one year of Canadian Experience Class part-time experience faster. There is no official confirmation in this information yet, but:
- Profile of canididates who worked 20 hours a week gives the equivalent of one year of full-time work in 20 months on part-time employment.
- Profile of canididates working 25 hours per week gives the equivalent of one year of full-time employment after 16 months of part-time work.
No education is required for the Canadian Experience Class program. But if you want to increase your score in the Express Entry pool, there are two ways to do so:
- If you have studied in Canada, you can earn certificate, diploma, or degree points from a Canadian institution, or
- If you have education abroad, you can get points for foreign diplomas that have been evacuated at one of the authorized organizations. Your educational evaluation certificate must show that your education is equivalent to a Canadian certificate, diploma, or degree.
Which organizations do the evacuation of diplomas
Immigration Canada has authorized five organizations to evacuate education:
- Comparative Education Service – University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies (CES)
- International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICASC)
- World Education Services (WES)
- International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
- International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)
The cost of services is $ 210, the evaluation time is about 14 weeks.
The cost of services is $ 200, the evaluation time is about 20 weeks.
The cost of services is $ 220, the evaluation time is about 7 weeks.
The cost of services is $ 200, the evaluation time is about 12 weeks.
The cost of services is $ 200, the evaluation time is about 8 weeks.
The price does not include courier services, which vary in each organization and country.
You must meet the minimum language proficiency requirement of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 if your occupation is in NOC skill category B and CLB 7 if your occupation is in NOC skill category 0 or A.
You may take one of four tests (two for English and two for French) to confirm your language skills at the minimum level.
Language tests are valid for 2 years after the test results date. They must be valid on the date of filing the permanent residence application.
CLB Level 5 Exam Results
Exam results corresponding to CLB level 7
In order to immigrate, you must be deemed harmless to Canadian society.
Where can you live in Canada
You must plan to live outside of Quebec. The province of Quebec selects its skilled workers. If you are planning to live in Quebec, you must apply for immigration through the Quebec Immigration Programs.
Availability of funds
You do not need to show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family if you are applying for the Canadian Experience Class