It’s no hidden news that Immigration candidates with work experience in any occupation are eligible to apply for Canada permanent residency under the Express Entry Program, but having work experience in a specific occupation which is in demand can be considered as a benefit at the provincial level. Canada government provides two pathways – Federal and Provincial economic immigration with its own diverse work experience yardsticks.
The Federal system consists of three programs- the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Express Class, through which you can apply to permanent residence and the pool is managed by the Express Entry system. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) helps in evaluating the eligibility of the candidate in a pool and only full-time or equivalent part-time work experience is taken into consideration depending on whether their occupation is taken as ‘skilled’. Skill type 0(managerial), skill level A (professional) or skill level B (technical) comes under in Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) and are considered as eligible occupations. The candidate’s actual occupation (architect, for example) is not taken into consideration by the CRS and does not factor into who is invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through the Express Entry system.
Applying under the provincial nominee streams requires work experience in a specific occupation and a few of them are linked to the Express Entry System. Different PNP Streams allow participating provinces and territories to invite International workers, who hold the work experience, to Canada PR visa.
Many of the streams follow an Expression of Interest system that demands all the aspiring candidates- including Express Entry candidates to submit a profile with the provincial nominee program in question. Additional 600 points are awarded to their CRS score to the Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination, resulting from an assurance an invitation to apply for Canada PR in the following draw from the Express Entry pool. Almost every Canadian province has a stream that includes a list of In-demand Occupations to evaluate the eligibility. List is designed keeping in mind the labor market needs and opportunities in the province.
Go through some examples of provincial nominee streams that require specified work experience:
A few provincial streams organize occupation-specific draws. One of the Nova Scotia stream known as Express Entry-linked Labour Market Priorities Stream allows the province to seek express entry pool for candidates with the required work experience. Since 2018, the province has always had a targeted draw for early childhood educators and financial auditors and accountants.
Also, the other province of Canada, New Brunswick also accepts profiles of the candidates who have work experience in specific occupations through its Express Entry Labour Market stream.
Tech Pilot Program of British Columbia is the germination of tech-related occupations in Canada. Having work experience in any of the In-demand tech occupations is the requirement for the program, also, considered as the fast-track and permanent immigration pathway to international workers and international students- the majority of them are Express Entry candidates.
Tech-associated professionals are also shown up on Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupation list and Ontario has also made an announcement that it is going to design an immigration stream for tech workers.
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