We are back with another Canada Immigration blog.
Today we are talking about Express Entry and whether your work experience is eligible to be counted in the Express Entry pool
So, let’s dig in.
What is Express Entry?
Express Entry is an online immigration system that manages skilled workers applications for permanent residence to Canada under federal and certain provincial economic programs.
It is not an immigration program in itself, but a method for selecting the best candidates for Canada’s existing skilled worker immigration programs.
Work Experience Eligibility
Before applying for Canada Immigration, you must check whether your job will count for points in the Express Entry system.
Work experience only counts for Express Entry if it is considered “skilled” according to Canada’s occupation classification system.
When Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) assesses your work experience, it looks at how much education is required to do your job. Generally speaking, the more education and experience it takes to work in your position, the higher your occupational skill level will be. Canada currently analyzes a job’s skill level using the 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC).
For economic-class immigration, IRCC generally uses the NOC to evaluate how the work experience of a given immigration candidate will support the mandate of the immigration program they are applying for. Economic-class immigration programs are specifically designed to fill job vacancies with the foreign talent to support Canada’s labour market and long-term prosperity.
Economic-class immigration programs
These programs are designed to fill the job vacancies with foreign nationals to support Canada’s labour market need and long-term prosperity.
Express Entry does not consider the specific occupation, as much as the skill level. IRCC matches the job duties with the NOC description to compare whether it matches the skill level.
There are five NOC skill levels described on the Canadian government website:
Skill Type 0 (zero): management jobs, such as: restaurant managers, mine managers, and shore captains (fishing).
Skill Level A: professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university, such as: doctors, dentists, and architects.
Skill Level B: technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice, such as: chefs, plumbers, and electricians.
Skill Level C: intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific training, such as: industrial butchers, long-haul truck drivers, food and beverage servers.
Skill Level D: labour jobs that usually give on-the-job training, such as: fruit pickers, cleaning staff, and oil field workers.
In this list, the skill types 0, A, and B are considered as “skilled.” The candidates should have skilled work experience to get eligible for the three Express Entry-managed immigration programs. The work experience differs for every program, so it is better if you go through the details before applying.
IRCC 30 hours per week as full time and for a year it will be 1,560 hours. You can meet this in different ways by working full-time. The hours for part-time includes more or less than 15 hours per week as long as it adds up to 1,560 hours. IRCC will never consider the working hours above 30 hours per week.
Note: Also, all work experience for the purposes of an Express Entry-managed program must be paid. Volunteer work, and unpaid internships do not count.
Work experience requirements for Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
The basic eligibility criteria for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) are listed below:
- Work experience
- Language proficiency
- Education requirements
To score the full points, the candidate needs to have at least six years of eligible work experience. If the candidate possesses only one year of work experience, then you will get 9 points. If the applicant has 2-3 years of work experience, they will score 11 points, and if they have 4 to 5 years of experience then they can score 13 points.
|Experience||Work experience points (out of 15)|
|6 or more years||15|
The candidate can score 10 points for “adaptability” if they have at least one year of full-time, skilled work experience in Canada.
Work experience requirements for Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
The CEC is for people who have work experience in Canada. To meet the work experience requirement, you need to have at least one year in Canada in a skilled occupation. This experience may have been completed anytime within the three years before the candidate applies for permanent residency through the CEC.
*Note: CEC does not consider self-employed work and work that you did while studying in Canada.
While you apply for CEC, you also need to demonstrate minimum language proficiency in English or French and other eligibility criteria.