Work experience is one of the requirements to get a job whether in your home country or in any part of the world and so in Canada, you will certainly be required to have work experience on any job you are applying for as a foreign worker as this is one of the criteria of immigrating to Canada to work.
In as much as work experience is important to immigrate to Canada, there are also some other ways you can immigrate to Canada to work even if you don’t have work experience.
Canada is one of the top countries in the world and it is looking to always be ahead when it comes to economic growth and development and with this, it has seen that immigration is a fast way to attaining its objectives.
The Canadian government has designed over 100 immigration and visa programs through which foreign nationals can come to Canada to fill up the labour shortages in the country with or without work experience.
So in this write up, we will be showing you some of the immigration programs through which you can immigrate to Canada and get work with or without work experience.
Although the most popular immigration programs in Canada require work experience to get work in Canada, we will also show you some others that don’t require work experience to get work in Canada.
So without further ado, let’s proceed…
How To Work In Canada With Work Experience
The Express Entry System
This is one of the most popular immigration programs in Canada and it has been on ground since 2015. Since its inception in 2015, it has been the main pathway through which thousands of immigrants come to Canada.
It is one of the fastest and easiest ways to immigrate to Canada as it takes about six months to process immigration applications.
The Express Entry System is an online program where applicants are to create an online profile where they are expected to fill in some of their information based on the requirements of the program.
Some of the requirements are:
- Work experience
- Language proficiency
- Educational qualification
- Proof of funds
- Provincial nomination (not necessary)
You will be expected to complete your profile in 60 days after which you will be placed in a draw with some other applicants and a score will be given to you based on the factors and requirements of the program we listed above.
The system uses a Comprehensive Ranking System which ranks all the applicants in that particular draw. Your score and that of other applicants will be ranked against a CRS cut-off score and if you meet or exceed the CRS cut-off score for that draw, you will be sent an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada.
In some cases, there might be a tie where some applicants may have the same lowest scores and in this case, a tie-breaking rule will be used to determine which applicant will get an ITA.
The tie-breaking rule states that “when two applicants have the same score, the applicant that completes their online profile earlier will be chosen ahead of the other.”
So for this reason, it is advised that you complete your profile as early as possible and don’t wait for deadline.
You also get another chance to participate if you were not successful the first time. The Express Entry draws are done twice in a month and so you have the chance to participate in another draw if you were not successful in the first draw.
All you have to do is improve your CRS score to increase your chances of being selected in the next draw and you can do this by getting a job offer from a Canadian employer or getting a nomination from a province in Canada.
The Express Entry System manages three federal immigration programs and they are:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
The Provincial Nominee Program is another immigration program that allows the provincial governments in Canada to nominate applicants to get permanent residence in Canada.
These provinces in Canada work hand-in-hand with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to help immigrants find work and settle in a particular province.
Each of the participating provinces in this program set their own requirements according to the economic needs in this province and to help fill up labour shortages in the country.
Through this program, employers in any of the participating provinces can hire foreign skilled workers to come fill up job positions.
To speed up your nomination and increase your chances of getting permanent residency in Canada, you should look for provinces in Canada where your job is in demand.
You should know that the provinces in Canada do not give permanent residence but they will nominate you and this nomination will increase your chances of getting permanent residence in Canada.
So you can either apply through the direct application which takes about 15 to 18 months to process as you will have to submit paper through mail or courier services or you can decide to go through the Express Entry linked with PNP as it takes about 6 to 8 months to process.
How To Work In Canada Without Work Experience
We have shown you some of the immigration programs in Canada where you would need work experience to get work in Canada and now, we will be looking at the immigration programs where you won’t need work experience to get work in Canada.
The Post-Graduate Work Permit Program (PGWPP)
This is a program for international graduates that want to work in Canada while studying in a Canadian university. The program gives you the opportunity to gain Canadian work experience which will help you apply for permanent residency in Canada.
Through the program, you can get an open work permit to work for any employer for the duration of your study program and you will need to meet some of the requirements for the program:
- You must have completed an academic, vocational or professional training program at an eligible institution in Canada for at least 8 months leading to a degree or diploma.
- You must be a full-time student.
- You must have a transcript and official letter from an eligible DLI confirming that you have met the requirements for the program.
- You must have or had a valid study permit or had the authorization to study without a study permit.
The validity of your PGWP depends on the duration of your study program. It can be as short as eight months or as long as three years but ensure that it is long enough so that you can get enough work experience that you will need to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
The Working Holiday Visa Program
This is another great way to work in Canada without work experience and this visa program is also called the International Experience Canada (IEC) program.
Here, you would get the chance to work in Canada even as you travel for sight-seeing and you will be opportune to gain Canadian work experience.
There are three categories under this program and they are:
- The Working Holiday Category: which allows you to work for any employer in Canada with an open work permit although you will need a valid job offer.
- The Young Professional Category: which allows post-secondary school graduates to find work in Canada even without experience. They must find work related to their qualification and they would certainly need a valid job offer from the employer they want to work for.
- The International Co-op Internship Category.
From all we have said so far, you can see that you can immigrate to Canada with or without work experience and you should know that Canada is one of the best countries to immigrate to as it offers you a lot of benefits living and working there.
You choice of immigration or visa program depend on whether you have work experience or not. You will have to meet the requirement for any program you will be going for as this will increase your chances of being selected.