Canadian Experience

Express Entry Programs

Canadian Experience

If you are a Temporary Foreign Worker or a foreign graduate working in Canada, you may apply for permanent residence. You should have knowledge of English or French and qualifying work experience. Foreign nationals such as refugee claimants in Canada and workers without status (undocumented) are not eligible to apply under this category.

All applicants must have:

  • temporary resident status during their qualifying period of work experience and any period of full-time study or training in Canada,
  • work experience in occupations that meet the minimum requirements for workers with Skill Type 0, or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupation Classification (NOC),
  • valid English or French test results.
  • not engaged in work or attended school without authorization,
  • not remained in Canada after the time authorized to do so has expired,
  • not been found inadmissible to Canada on grounds such as health or security,
  • 12 months of qualifying work Experience within the last 36 months. Any periods of self-employment or unauthorized work cannot be included when calculating the period of work experience.

You may prove your language proficiency by taking the following exams: CELPIP General, IELTS General, or TEF for French. The minimum language test score will depend on your occupation. If your skilled work experience in Canada was in a NOC 0 or A job, then the minimum level is CLB 7 (English) or NCLC 7 (French). However, if you worked in a NOC B job, the minimum level is CLB 5 (English) or NCLC 5 (French). The tables below show the equivalency between CLB and the test results.

INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING SYSTEM (IELTS) GENERAL TRAINING

CLB LevelReadingWritingListeningSpeaking
108.07.58.57.5
97.07.08.07.0
86.56.57.56.5
76.06.06.06.0
65.05.55.55.5
54.05.05.05.0
43.54.04.54.0

CANADIAN ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY INDEX PROGRAM (CELPIP) GENERAL

CLB LevelReadingWritingListeningSpeaking
1010101010
99999
88888
77777
66666
55555
44444

TEST D’ÉVALUATION DE FRANÇAIS (TEF)

CLB LevelReadingWritingListeningSpeaking
10263-277393-415316-333393-415
9248-262371-392298-315371-392
8233-247349-370280-297349-370
7207-232310-348249-279310-348
6181-206271-309217-248271-309
5151-180226-270181-216226-270
4121-150181-225145-180181-225

If you would like to know whether you could be eligible to immigrate to Canada in the Canadian Experience Class or any other program, we invite you to complete our online assessment questionnaire: On-line Assessment Questionnaire

Last updated: 12.04.2016