Canadian Experience Class

Canadian Experience Class is a Canada Immigration Program for those Skilled Workers who have Canadian Work Experience i.e. Work Experience within Canada.

Eligibility Checklist for Canadian Experience Class:

  • At least 1 year of work experience in the last 3 years
  • The work experience must be working legally full time and within Canada
  • The work experience must be in a job classified under TEER 0,1,2 or 3
  • Minimum Language Ability of CLB 7 for TEER 0 or 1 jobs and of CLB 5 for TEER 2 or 3 jobs
  • Any work experience acquired as Self-employed or as a student will not be eligible

Minimum Eligibility for Canadian Experience Class

The Minimum Eligibility Requirements for Canadian Experience Class are

  • Work Experience and
  • Language Ability

Work Experience Required for Canadian Experience Class

You must have a minimum 1 year of full-time skilled work experience in the last 3 years before your application for Immigration to Canada.

The Skilled work experience means that you must have worked either:

Management Jobs – TEER 0

Professional Jobs – TEER 1 

Technical or Skilled Jobs – TEER 2, 3

And you must have performed the duties listed in the description of your job in the National Occupational Classification.

Full-time work equals a total of 30 hours per week for 1 year totalling to 1560 hours or an equivalent part-time (equal to total 1560 hours) in two years. If you have part-time experience then it is not necessary that you worked 15 hours per week as long as you meet the total requirement.

You can not count any work experience that you acquired being self-employed or as a full-time student for determining the eligibility.

Language Ability Requirements for Canadian Experience Class

The minimum Language Ability required for application under Canadian Experience Class depends on the work experience i.e. the Job in which you got your experience.

If the job was in NOC Level 0 or Type A then the minimum requirement in Canadian Language Benchmark CLB -7 in each module and for a job in NOC Type B a CLB -5 is required.

CLB levels translate to the scores below depending on the first language and the test taken. The Approved Language Ability tests are IELTS and CELPIP for English and TEF for French as First Official Language.

English as first language


CLB level 7 – 6.0 Band in each ability (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening)

CLB level 5 – 4.0 Band in Reading and 5.0 Band in each of Writing, Speaking and Listening abilities.


CLB level 7 – 7 in each ability

CLB level 5 – 5 in each ability

French as First Language


CLB level 7 –

Reading – 207+

Writing – 310+

Speaking – 310+

Listening – 249+

CLB level 5 –

Reading – 151+

Writing – 226+

Speaking – 226+

Listening – 181+

Education Level for Canadian Experience Class

There is no minimum requirement of education to apply for Canada Immigration under Canadian Experience Class. However, you will get points in the Comprehensive Ranking System which will improve your Rank in the Express Entry Pool. You will get points for all your education level equal to or higher than High School.

You will need to get an ECA – Educational Credential Assessment done for all your foreign education. You will have to submit your ECA results to get points for your education outside Canada.

You don’t need ECA for your Canadian Education.


Documents for Application under Canadian Experience Class

You will need some documents before creating your Express Entry Profile and others after getting your Invitation to Apply (ITA). These are:

Before creating profile:

  • A Valid Passport
  • Language Assessment Test Results – IELTS or CELPIP and TEF
  • Educational Credentials Assessment Report or Canadian Educational Credentials
  • Valid job Offer – if you have one

After getting ITA:

  • Police Clearance Certificate
  • Medical Exams

There may requirement of some additional documents which will be intimated through your online profile.


Express Entry Profile for Canadian Experience Class

To apply under Canadian Experience Class for Immigration to Canada, you will need to create an Express Entry Profile online. Then submit the completed into the Express Entry Pool.

The Profiles are picked from the pool according to their Rank. The rank of each profile is determined by the Express Entry Points Calculated by the Comprehensive Ranking System.

If and when your Profile is picked up you will be Invited to Apply for Canadian Permanent Residence Visa.

Now you have to update your Profile and submit all the documents online within the period mentioned on your ITA.