Who is it for?

Foreign workers who have completed at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada within the last three years.


How does it work?

Candidates under the Canadian Experience Class must create an Express Entry profile and be invited to apply for immigration to Canada before submitting an application through Express Entry (see above for details).


What’s the advantage?

  • Candidates have built up at least one year of Canadian work experience. This is a highly-valued factor under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), and, as such, gives these applicants something of a “head start” against other candidates in the pool.
  • Because the required documentation is minimal, applications are processed quickly, often within three to four months.
  • Applicants are not required to show proof of settlement funds.


How long does it take?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aims to process applications within six months, though in many cases Canadian Experience Class applications have been found to be processed more quickly.


Other considerations

Eligibility for the program does not guarantee that an invitation to apply will be issued or that permanent residence will be granted.


Where can I learn more?

See our dedicated Canadian Experience Class overview page.