The Canadian Experience Class as a category which seeks to reward those who have already obtained eligible work experience in Canada. This category facilitates those who have worked for at least one year in a full time or combinational part time bases in what is considered a high skilled profession.
If you have worked in a profession which is classified as being NOC A, B or O, you may qualify for permanent residence. The NOC or National Occupational Classification is a code attributed to your occupation based on your duties.
This category is one way that your work experience in Canada can lead to permanent residence status. You will need to first determine how your occupation in Canada is classified via the NOC and then determine whether or not you meet the other qualifications.Your application will be assessed on:
Depending on your duties, the first step is determining how your job is classified.
In order to classify your occupation you need to refer to the National Occupational Classification matrix or NOC. Use the NOC to review the duties of your of your occupation vs. the duties found in the comparative NOC classification.
If you can do a quick search for a job title to narrow down the search to occupations in your particular field of work but do not rely heavily on the job title as your duties are what is most important.
One of the requirements that you must satisfy in order to be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class is the language requirements. You must meet the minimum language levels required for your job in each of the language areas. The language areas are:
The reason Citizenship and Immigration Canada places an emphasis on minimum language levels is because since Canada’s official languages are French and English, Canadian society runs on these official languages. You will need to be able to work and communicate in English, French, or both in order to be successful in the Canadian job market.
In order to determine the level of language skills you will require, you have to consider your specific job. Your job will determine the minimum language skill that is required. In turn, the language skills you need will depend on the category your job is listed under in the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
If the skills you developed is from a job in Canada that falls under NOC O or A, you must meet a minimum level of CLB 7 in English or French, or both; in all four language areas.
If you the skills you developed is from a job in Canada that falls under NOC B, you must meet a minimum level of CLB 5 in either English, French, or both for all four language areas.
If you have applied under the Canadian Experience Class, in certain circumstances, you may also consider a Bridging Open Work Permit.
A Bridging Open Work Permit allows you to maintain your legal status in Canada as a temporary resident and continue working in Canada while you await the final decision on your Permanent Resident application, specifically in this case, your Canadian Experience Class application.
In order to be eligible for a Bridging Open Work Permit, you, as an applicant under the Canadian Experience Class, must meet the following requirements:
The Canadian Experience Class application focuses primarily on your experience and the qualifications for your intended occupation in Canada. Just because you may be employed in a position does not guarantee that you will be successful if you lack the qualifications or experience to be considered eligible for the occupation. According to the National Occupational Classification (NOC), each occupation also comes with qualifications you will have to meet.
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