Individuals who have worked in Canada and wish to settle permanently with their accompanying dependants in Canada may be eligible to apply for permanent residence in the Canadian Experience Class.

The Canada Experience Class programme recognizes the advantages of candidates who have spent significant amounts of time in Canada pursuing their studies and careers. It acknowledges their contributions to the Canadian economy and the establishment of strong ties to Canadian society. This strengthens Canada’s permanent residence programmes.

Requirements for Canadian Experience Class

Eligibility for permanent residence under this class shall be assessed on a pass-fail basis, subject to the following primary criteria

  • Candidates gained 12 months of full-time work experience in an occupation classified as Skill Type 0 or National Occupation Classification Skill Level A or B (NOC). Qualifying occupations are those of a commercial nature that are managerial, professional, technical, or skilled.
  • In the 36 months immediately preceding the date of application, the qualifying Canadian work experience was acquired.
  • The candidate shows sufficient proficiency in one of the official languages of Canada. The required skill level is determined by the occupation in which the candidate has acquired qualified Canadian work experience.
  • Canada must not be inadmissible on medical, criminal, or security grounds.

Qualifying work experience

Qualifying job experience must be professional and full-time. “Full-time” corresponds to 30 hours a week. Part-time work, but only on a pro-rata basis, would be considered. For example, 6 months at 15 hours a week in a part-time skilled role would count as three months against the 12 required. In order to fulfill the need for experience, multiple concurrent part-time positions can also be used.

Any work experience gained without valid work authorization in Canada would not be taken into account. Nor will there be periods of self-employment or job experience acquired when the applicant is enrolled in a full-time study programme.

Language proficiency

In all four language skills, i.e.: reading; writing; speaking; listening, minimum competence must be displayed. Applicants whose professional experience is in an occupation rated as NOC Skill Form 0 or Skill Level A must comply with level 7 of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB). Applicants whose qualifying work experience is in a career known as NOC Skill Level B must comply with level 5 of CLB.