Canadian Experience Class

The Canadian Experience Class was introduced by Canada government on September 17, 2008. It was developed for temporary foreign workers or foreign graduates with Canadian work experience.

Under this class, you must have acquired, in Canada, within the 36 months before the date the application is made, at least 12 months of full-time work experience, or the equivalent in part-time work experience, in a NOC type 0, or level A or B occupation (i.e., managerial, professional, or skilled and technical). Full-time work means at least 30 hours of paid work per week.

You must demonstrate that they have met the minimum language requirements by providing the results of their English or French language test from a designated language testing agency, such as IELTS and TEF.

The applicant must have maintained their temporary foreign worker or temporary foreign student status during their qualifying period of work or study in Canada. The distinctive advantage of this category verses Federal Skilled Worker category is that you can submit your application once you meet the requirements and you do not have to maintain your worker status in Canada after your application is submitted and before a decision is made by a visa officer. Further, those who have left Canada but meet the above requirements can still make an application if they apply within one year of leaving their employment in Canada.

If your existing work permit is about to expire you may be eligible for a bridging open work permit. Bridging open work permits allow qualified applicants to keep working while they await a final decision on their permanent residence application.

Under the Express Entry system, in order to obtain a higher points and better chance to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA), you need to get your foreign education to be officially assessed and obtain a positive Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or a Provincial Nominee Certificate.


Mary Zhang, a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, can help you answer any questions you have. Contact her at Maxcan`s offices in Markham.