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Is it Possible to Apply for Canadian PR without having Worked in the Country?

Yes, it is possible to get a Canadian PR without work experience in Canada. Any experience whether in Canada or outside counts. The ones outside Canada fall under the foreign work experience category. 

What is immigration Canada Express Entry Foreign Work Experience?

You can apply for a PR through Express Entry with a Canada skilled worker visa if you meet certain eligibility requirements. 

According to the IRCC guidelines, the foreign work experience includes the following jobs/work experience:

  1. Occupation listed under Skill Type 0 Management Occupations or Skill Levels A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) matrix.
  2. Continuous full-time work or equivalent number of hours for part-time work experience. 
  3. 10-year work experience under a relevant Job category

Another important point to consider is that you need to have work experience that is considered “skilled” by Canada’s occupation classification system. You have to go through the list and ensure that your job experience counts. 

Also, if you have been self-employed in Canada, the work experience, in this case, does not count. 

What is a Canadian skilled worker visa?

A Canadian skilled worker visa lets people work and settle in Canada as skilled workers through the federal skilled worker program. You can apply for this through the immigration Canada express entry program. 

To be eligible to get a skilled worker visa you must have work experience that is either Skill Type 0, Skill Level A, or Skill Level B on the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC), and the other conditions mentioned above. 

The full-time work experience corresponds to at least 30 hours of work per week. If you have been working part-time continuously and have total working hours equivalent to a minimum of 30 hours of work per week, you are eligible to get a skilled worker visa. 

The FSW Point System takes into consideration your age, educational background, language proficiency, employment offer letter in Canada, and your adaptability. All these factors carry specific points. The minimum requirement to be eligible for FSW is 67 points.

Although you apply for FSW through immigration Canada express entry, the FSW points are different from the Express Entry points. 


A skilled person with Canada skilled worker visa can apply for Canada PR through the PNP program. This program is open for skilled workers to work and settle in a particular Canadian province.


For any of the programs, you can increase the overall Canada CRS Calculator score and chances of getting Canadian PR faster by adding foreign work experience with Canadian work experience. Even though Canadian work experience is not mandatory, it acts as an added advantage to get through the immigration Canada express entry program as a skilled worker in Canada. 

Since the process involves lots of legal formalities and intricate rules and regulations, it is always a safe option to contact immigration consultants like Croyez. Their expert advice helps smoothen the process and help you reach your dream destination much faster. 


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