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Earn a Canadian Qualification and Gain Work Experience

The Canadian Experience Class is for skilled workers who have Canadian work experience and want to become permanent residents.

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Minimum requirements
Education
Language ability
Admissibility
Where you can live in Canada

Minimum requirements

You must
meet the required language levels needed for your job for each language ability
writing
reading
listening
speaking
have at least 1 year of skilled work experience in Canada, in the last 3 years before you apply—you can meet this in a few different ways:
full-time at 1 job: 30 hours/week for 12 months = 1 year full-time (1,560 hours)
equal amount in part-time work: for example 15 hours/week for 24 months = 1-year full time (1,560 hours)
You can work as many part-time jobs as you need to meet this requirement.
full-time work at more than 1 job: 30 hours/week for 12 months at more than 1 job = 1-year full time (1,560 hours)
have gained your work experience by working in Canada while under temporary resident status with authorization to work

How we calculate work experience

Your skilled work experience must be paid work including paid wages or earned commission. We don’t count volunteer work or unpaid internships.

For part-time work, you can work more or less than 15 hours/week as long as it adds up to 1,560 hours. You can work more than 1 part-time job to get the hours you need to apply.

We don’t count any hours you work above 30 hours/week.

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
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.

Education

There is no education requirement for the Canadian Experience Class.

If you want to improve your rank in the Express Entry pool for immigration purposes, 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 foreign credential, and
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

Language ability

You must:

meet the minimum language level of:
Canadian Language Benchmark 7 for NOC 0 or A jobs or
Canadian Language Benchmark 5 for NOC B jobs
take approved language tests for:
writing
reading
listening
speaking
describe the test results in your Express Entry profile

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.
Admissibility

You must be admissible to Canada.

Where you can live in Canada

You must plan to live outside the province of Quebec. The province of Quebec selects its own skilled workers. If you plan on living in Quebec, see Quebec-selected skilled workers for more information.

When you fill out your profile, we’ll ask you where you plan to live in Canada. You don’t have to settle in that province or territory.

From: www.canada.ca

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