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What is Canadian Experience Class?

The Canadian Experience Class is designed for skilled workers who have worked in Canada and want to become permanent residents. This is one of the 3 federal programs managed through Express Entry.

The Canadian Experience Class program was created to assist short-term foreign employees & graduates in their acquisition of permanent residency in Canada for candidates with at minimum of a year of Canadian job experience. Candidates with Canadian experience also have the opportunity to qualify for extra Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points through Express Entry, in addition to this incentive. This raises their likelihood of being granted permanent residence.

Since then, the Canadian Experience Class has expanded into one of Canada’s most significant immigration routes for talented workers, and it is widely recognized as a great success by Canadian governments, communities, employers, and immigration applicants themselves.

Canadian Experience Class Requirements:

Before applying, you must have completed at least 1 year of full-time or an equal amount of part-time paid skilled job experience in Canada in the previous 3 years.

Professional employment is defined as labour that fits under the National Occupational Classification ("NOC") 0, A, or B classifications. Individuals should have completed the acts mentioned in the main declaration, as well as a significant number of the principal duties, including all the NOC's important duties.

This job experience doesn't need to be ongoing or in the same NOC.

An individual's experience is determined via their provided hours. Applicants must have done at least 1,560 hours across a minimum period of 12 months to achieve the criteria. 30 hours a week will be considered full-time. Any hours worked more than 30 in a week will not be recognized for the 1,560-hour goal.

The job experience must have been obtained legally via the use of a certified work permit.

Relevant experience gained whilst enrolled in full-time education would not be recognized. Co-ops and internships as components of your academic program are examples of that one.

Your job experience cannot include self-employment.

You must have a CLB 7 language skills for NOC 0 or A positions, or a CLB 5 language skills for NOC B jobs, provided by an authorized language test.

There has been no schooling requirement but this will increase your total CRS score if you include it.

Applicants must always be permitted to Canada, which includes maintaining valid status if individuals stay there.

One should intend to reside somewhere other than Quebec. Applicants that live or work in Quebec still can apply via express entry but one must demonstrate the desire to live beyond the province if granted.

Common Mistakes and Grounds For Refusals

Police Clearance

While missing a police clearance for a country can happen altogether, other police clearance errors include not uploading a colour scan of the document, expired clearances or the wrong type of clearance. For example, if you lived in Australia, you are required to upload the Traffic History if you were a resident of Queensland or the Full Licenses History Search if you were a resident of Victoria.

Wrong NOC Code

Your work experience, whether Canadian or foreign, is one of the fundamental eligibility criteria of the economic classes. Selecting the right NOC code can be the difference between receiving your permanent residence or receiving a refusal. While the title can be different, your Employment Reference Letter must be similar to the lead statement and duties listed in the NOC.


In some cases, misrepresentation occurs from an applicant misreading or misunderstanding a question on the form. In other cases, applicants purposely omit information. The consequences of misrepresentation are severe and not only lead to a refused application but an applicant may be banned from reapplying for five years. Have you received a procedural fairness letter?

Missing Documents

There are many documents you need to upload in order to submit a complete permanent residence application. Often applicants miss mandatory documents such as police clearances, translations with a foreign-language document, ECA report or a bank letter proving funds. While missing documents won’t lead to a refusal, it can lead to an incomplete application.

You’re not eligible for the Canadian Experience Class if

You are a refugee claimant in Canada

You are 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 work experienced gained in TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 job categories. Your work experience can be in 1 or more of these categories.

You must show that you performed the duties set out in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Canadian Experience Class comes under the Express Entry program which uses the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to rank interested candidates.

The Comprehensive Ranking System is used to rank immigration candidates in the Express Entry pool against one another. The top candidates receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada.

When applying for permanent residence, you need to have a medical examination. Your family needs to have a medical examination even if they’re not coming with you.

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