Express Entry is a process in place to recruit people interested in moving to Canada. Each candidate creates a profile, where they inform their age, profession, education level, language skills, etc. Based on that information, they get a score.
Different programs (FSW, CEC, PNP) then consume this big bucket of candidates (Express Entry Pool), and invite the ones with higher scores, that fit the program's specific criteria. These invitations happen every now and then, on what's called Invitation Rounds.
Now that you got the basics, let's talk about work experience!
No. All of the programs that are managed by Express Entry (FSW, CEC, PNP) require work experience.
Note: PNPs (Provincial Nominee Programs) have different criteria on each stream, but in general, they all require some sort of work experience too. Except some students streams, which require that you have studied in Canada.
Canada is looking for skilled workers, everybody knows that. And by "skilled", they mean specific items:
So, the reasoning is that, if you have already done your job for a while, you must know what you are doing. Which makes sense, right? Pretty much how a company would recruit its work force!
For the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW), it can be anywhere in the world.
For the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), it must be in Canada. You can get that experience without being a permanent resident, if you are a temporary resident that is allowed to work.
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) have different requirements for each province. You can see details for each here .
No. Your work experience must be in the same NOC (National Occupation Code) that you used to create your Express Entry profile.
So, for an example, if you are applying to come to Canada as a Software Developer, you can't user work experience that you have as a bank clerk.
Also, NOCs must be managerial (Skill level 0), professional (skill type A) or technical (skill type B). Check out the NOCs full list for more details.
No. For Express Entry, work experience and studies are two different and separate things.
However, work experience must match the NOC (National Occupation Code) that you used when you created your Express Entry profile (explained above).
You must get a letter from your employers (current or past) stating:
Check out our article about Proof of Work Experience to see details of what the letter must have, and a template that you can use as a reference.
I hope this article helps you on your immigration journey!
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