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Can I count both high-skilled and low-skilled experience toward the work experience required to apply under the Canadian Experience Class?

No. You can only count work experience in one or more of these 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) categories:

  • Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations),
  • Skill Level A (professional occupations) or
  • Skill Level B (technical occupations and skilled trades), except for the six ineligible occupations (listed below).

You cannot count work experience in these National Occupational Classification (NOC) categories:

  • Skill Level C, or
  • Skill Level D.

National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Levels C and D occupations include semi- and low-skilled workers in the trades, primary and manufacturing industries, sales and services, as well as certain clerical and assistant categories.

Note: Completing an Express Entry profile is the first step to immigrate to Canada permanently as a skilled worker. Completing an Express Entry profile does not guarantee that you will receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence. An Invitation to Apply for permanent residence will be based on your score and rank in the Express Entry pool using the Comprehensive Ranking System.


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