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Self-Employment under the Express Entry System

October 26, 2022 by FH&P Lawyers

Is Self-Employment Eligible Work Experience under the Express Entry System?

Unfortunately, if you have been self-employed in Canada your work experience does not qualify as eligible work experience under any of the following three economic classes of the Express Entry System:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

However, relevant full-time work experience completed in Canada or outside of Canada may be eligible under the Express Entry System if you meet the specific requirements for each of these categories. Part-time work may also count under select categories.

It is, important to note that all work experience must be paid as the IRCC (Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada) does not count volunteer work or unpaid internships, as eligible work experience under the Express Entry program.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is an online Canadian immigration system designed to manage the application of skilled workers who want to become permanent residents in Canada.

A candidate can submit an expression of interest or profile to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Each candidate is assigned a score out of 1,200. Once their profile has been reviewed, the top ranked candidates are selected by IRCC based on their score and are then able to apply to become a permanent resident.

Selection factors include, but are not limited to:

  • Your skilled work experience
  • Your age
  • Your language ability
  • Your education
  • Your work experience
  • Your Canadian job offer

There are three (3) categories within the Express Entry program:

  1. Canadian Experience Class
  2. Federal Skilled Worker Program
  3. Federal Skilled Trades Program

We understand that navigating Canadian Immigration can be a confusing process. We are here to help and make the process of immigration both simpler and easier for those looking to immigrate to Canada.

In order to assess whether your work experience qualifies as eligible work experience under the Express Entry system, please click HERE for a free assessment.

If you have any further questions or would like our assistance with respect to the Express Entry process, please contact us at imm@fhplawyers.com or 250-980-2305 to schedule an initial consult.