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The Canada Experience Class category of immigration is a relatively new program from Citizenship and Immigration Canada that helps foreign nationals with a certain amount of experience live in Canada permanently.
|About Canada Experience Class|
|Qualifying for the Canada Experience Class|
|Skilled Work Experience|
|Canada Experience Class FAQ’s|
|How to Apply for the Canada Experience Class|
|After Applying for the Canada Experience Class|
About Canada Experience Class
Temporary foreign workers and international graduates who meet certain conditions can apply to become permanent residents of Canada. If you are accepted by Citizenship and Immigration under this immigration program, you will automatically become a permanent resident of Canada. As a permanent resident you will receive access to social services, and can live, work or study freely. Permanent residents can eventually apply for Canadian citizenship once they have fulfilled certain residency requirements.
Qualifying for the Canada Experience Class
If you wish to gain permanent residency under this program of immigration, you must fit the following criteria:
If you are a temporary foreign worker you qualify if:
If you are foreign graduate you qualify for if:
Skilled Work Experience
For the purpose of applying under this immigration program, ‘skilled work experience’ refers to the following categories as defined by the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC):
After applying for the Canada Experience Class, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will notify you by letter. If your application has been submitted incorrectly your application will be returned.
Canada Experience Class FAQ’s
What does not qualify as work experience?
What are the language requirements for the Canada Experience Class?
All applicants for the Canada experience class must have a certain level of proficiency in English or French. This means that you can effectively communicate, in speaking, reading and writing. The level of language ability that is required for the Canada experience class varies according to the job category in which your work experience was obtained. For example, if you have obtained work experience in a job classified under Skill Level A of the NOC, you will need to prove that you meet the minimum language requirement for that category.
What if I can communicate in both English and French?
If you have skill in both English and French you must choose which language you wish to use as your first official language. For the Canada experience class application, you only need to prove your ability in your first official language.
How do I prove my language ability?
How do I provide written evidence of my language skills?
If you feel confident in your language skills in either English or French you may choose to submit written evidence as opposed to taking a language test. This is only recommended for applicants who speak English or French as a first language.
Written evidence must provide the following information:
You must also provide documentary evidence of your claim, such as:
What if my spouse/common-law partner also qualifies?
If your spouse or common-law partner also qualifies under this immigration program, you must decide who will apply as the principal applicant. A common-law partner refers to someone who you have lived with, in a conjugal relationship for at least a year. A conjugal relationship refers to more than just living together and is essentially a marriage-like situation. Common-law relationships can be both opposite and same-sex couples.