What are the Requirements for the Canadian Experience Class?

If you are in Canada as a temporary foreign worker or an international student, did you know that there is a way to go from temporary residence to permanent residence in Canada? You may be eligible to do this through the Canadian Experience Class program, which offers people who have experience in the Canadian workforce the opportunity to move to Canada permanently. 

However, it must be noted that the Canadian Experience Class has very strict eligibility criteria, and not everyone will be suited for it. Before you apply, make sure you are qualified for the program.

How do I qualify for the Canadian Experience Class?

The Canadian Experience Class is available to temporary residents in Canada who are legally in Canada on study permits and work permits. Someone on a study permit must also have at least two years post-secondary education at a Canadian institution and a year of full-time skilled work experience in Canada, in a certain type of job. Someone who is on a work permit must have two years or work experience within the last three years, also in Canada within a certain type of job. Both international students and temporary foreign workers must also have moderate language proficiency in either English or French to qualify for the program.

Applicants for the Canadian Experience Class can apply while they are in Canada, or they can apply from abroad if they have left their Canadian job within the last year.

The application process for the Canadian Experience Class will be judged on a pass or fail system, so applicants would be wise to consult with a qualified immigration representative such as an immigration lawyer before they apply for the program.

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