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Canadian Experience Class



The Canadian government selects skilled workers based on their skills and ability to contribute to Canada’s economy. The government employs an online application system called Express Entry to manage immigration applications from skilled workers. There are three immigration programs administered through Express Entry: the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

In this article, our focus will be on the Canadian Experience Class. As the name suggests, this program caters to skilled workers who possess Canadian work experience and aspire to obtain permanent residency. It holds particular popularity among graduates who have completed their studies in Canada.


The minimum requirements for this program entail having at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada within the last three years prior to applying, along with meeting the necessary language proficiency levels required for the specific job. Let’s begin by discussing the concept of work experience. Skilled work experience refers to experience gained in job categories classified as TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3. You might be wondering what these categories encompass. To put it simply, they include management occupations or roles that generally necessitate a university degree, a college diploma, or apprenticeship training. Additional details can be found on the National Occupation Classification (NOC) website. It is important to note that self-employment and work experience acquired while the applicant was a full-time student do not count toward the minimum requirements for this program.

Speaking of language proficiency, the benchmark requirement is set at 7 for TEER 0, 1 jobs, or management occupations and those typically requiring a university degree, while a score of 5 is sufficient for TEER 2 and 3 occupations.


Last, this program does not have an education requirement. However, if an applicant aims to enhance their standing within the Express Entry pool, they should include their education background. But why, you may ask? The Canadian government has devised a comprehensive ranking system criteria for use within the Express Entry pool, serving to assess and rank applicants. This system takes into account factors such as age, level of education, proficiency in the official language(s), work experience, and various other elements that may facilitate an applicant’s transition into work and life in Canada. Furthermore, the system also assigns points to the applicant’s spouse, if applicable. In other words, the points calculation differs for an applicant who is married. The spouse’s education level, language proficiency and work experience also influence the point allocation. Hence, applicants are driven to accumulate as many points as possible across every aspect. Interested applicants may check the comprehensive ranking system criteria for more information and use this tool to calculate your own score.

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