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International students may obtain an open work permit, with no restriction on the type of employment and no requirement for a job offer.
In addition, the duration of the work permit has been extended to three years across the country.
A minimum of one year work experience in managerial, professional or technical positions (i.e. at level O, A or B under the National Occupational Classification/NOC system) will be necessary to apply to stay permanently through the Canadian Experience Class.
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) became effective September 17, 2008.
This is a prescribed class of persons who may become permanent residents on the basis of their Canadian experience.
They must intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec and must have maintained temporary resident status during their qualifying period of work experience as well as during any period of full-time study or training in Canada.
Must have 2 years of full-time equivalent work experience at the National Occupation Code (NOC) O, A or B level (managerial, professional or skilled and technical) acquired in Canada within the three years preceding the date application is made
National Occupation Classification (NOC) www23.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca
The NOC is a classification system for jobs in the Canadian economy. It describes duties, skills, talents and work settings for occupations.
In order for your application to be eligible for processing, you must either:
Have an offer of arranged employment (AEO), OR
Be a foreign national living legally in Canada for 1 year as a temporary foreign worker or an international student, OR
Be a skilled worker who has at least 1 year of experience in one or more of the National Occupation Classification (NOC) categories
What is the difference between Arranged Employment Offer and Arranged Employment Opinion?
Arranged Employment Offer – currently working in Canada under a Work Permit, provide a photocopy of the permit and a letter from your employer confirming how much longer you will be employed.
Arranged Employment Opinion – have a permanent job offer confirmed by HRSDC, provide a photocopy of the HRSDC/Service Canada confirmation letter (Arranged Employment Opinion) which was sent to your employer.
Nature of the educational credential (diploma, trade certificate, apprenticeship, university degree)
Length of program
Number of credentials
Total years of education
Selection Factors: Education Credential Points Secondary School 5 12 Years + 1 Year Cred. 12 13 Years + 1 Year Cred. 15 14 Years + 2 Year Cred. 20 15 Years + 3 Year Cred. 22 17 Years + Grad. Cred. 25