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Canadian Experience Class

Temporary foreign workers and/or foreign students who graduated in Canada can often make the successful transition to permanent residence; their familiarity with Canadian society and the ability to contribute to the Canadian economy makes this easier. Knowledge of English or French and qualifying work experience is a requirement.

To meet the minimum requirements to apply for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class, applicants must:

  • plan to live outside the province of Quebec;
  • have one year of full time  (or part-time equivalent) skilled work experience in Canada in the three years before you apply;
  • have gained your experience in Canada with the proper work authorization;
  • apply while working in Canada – or – within one year of leaving your job in Canada; and
  • include the results of an independent language test (from an agency designated by IRCC ) with your application.

According to the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC), skilled work experience means:

  • Skill level  0 (managerial occupations), or
  • Skill type  A (professional occupations), or
  • Skill type  B (technical occupations and skilled trades)

Your application will be assessed on two requirements if you apply as a temporary foreign worker:

  • your work experience; and
  • your ability in English or French.

Canadian Express Class applications are managed under the Express Entry System. Applicants expressing an interest to immigrate to  Canada must complete an online Express Entry profile.  Potential applicants who are deemed to have met the eligibility criteria are then entered into a pool with other eligible candidates. If chosen by IRCC, the candidate will receive  an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and will have to submit a  full application within 90 days.

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